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Ways to quit drinking?

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Dr. Shruti Rijhwani

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Posted on Wed, 21 Aug 2013 in Smoking and Alcohol Addiction
Question: If I have drank for a long time but really want to quit....how do I? Just stop? Because then I shake and get really high blood pressure. I really want to quit though....please help me
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Answered by Dr. Shruti Rijhwani 23 minutes later
Dear Madam ,

Thank you for posting your query on XXXXXXX

Well first thing i would suggest you to enroll yourself in drug deaddiction centre that will help you out in overcoming this problem in every aspect . Regarding medical therapy Acamprosate, disulfiram and topiramate are used to treat alcohol addiction.
Naltrexone decreases relapse to heavy drinking by attenuating the rewarding effects of alcohol.Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Multidimensional family therapy, Motivational interviewing etc are used in behavioral therapy to protect from relapse .

You will not be able to leave alcohol immediately as you are getting withdrawl symptoms in form of tremors and high BP . It is wiser to go slow and steady.

You should get your routine blood tests like CBC , urine r/m , RBS done to get base line evaluation . A complete liver function test including gamma GGT is required specially for alcohol evaluation as liver is the first organ to be damaged by alcohol . A USG abdomen to look for fatty liver changes is also required.This will give you an idea how much damage your body has incured because of alcohol .

Hope it suffices .

Wish you good health .

Take care.

Dr. Shruti
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