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Vomiting mucus in the morning, smells like alcohol. Chronic cough, weight loss

my husband is a heavy drinker, he drinks vodka 4-5 times a week. he vomits mucus every morning about 20 min after he gets up out of bed. he smells like alcohol even when he isn t drinking. it seems to be coming from his skin. I am worried he has some serious internal problems but we have no health coverage. he also has a chronic cough and smokes about a pack of cigarettes a day. he has also lost some weight
Asked On : Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Alcohol abuse is a disease that can have significant impact on the person involved and family members.
Alcohol can affect the liver, cause heart diseases, pancreatitis, bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. It is also associated with some cancers and brain disease.
In light of the history of smoking, the chronic cough may be a consequence of this smoking history.
In terms of the lungs, smoking can cause COPD and lung cancer.

There are other causes of chronic cough such as sinusitis, GERD or asthma but because of the smoking history the more likely causes would have to be ruled out first.

There are free programs that help with alcohol and smoking addition, you can determine whether any exist in your area.
There are also online programs.

I hope this helps
Answered: Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Mayank Bhargava's  Response
Jan 2013
Thanks for posting your query.
With the available described information, there could be possibility of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or bronchiectasis induced by heavy smoking.
His condition is also worsening speedily because of drinking alcohol.
You should consult with internal medicine specialist and should go for thorough check up.
You should also take opinion from deaddiction centre for quitting smoking and alcohol intake.
His condition need admission in hospital and should take proper treatment.
He should go for complete hemogram, liver function test and chest x ray.
Until unless he will leave smoking and alcohol intake, his condition won't improve.
take care,
Wishing a speedy recovery.
Take care,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
Answered: Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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