Alcoholism

Alcoholism means your body has become addicted to alcohol. People with addiction will continue drinking alcohol even if it causes adverse effects on their life, work, and relationships. People who consume more than 12 to 15 drinks a week, people with mental health problems, and people having low self-esteem are at risk of getting addicted to alcohol.

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I am an alcoholic, and I want to quit or reduce the intake of alcohol. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor,I feel empty. I do not have any significant issues in life. I am sixteen years old and struggling two finish my studies. I do not want to be a burden to my friends and family. Around three months back, I got in touch with this guy who introduced me to drinking and smoking habits. Now I fee...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You may have alcohol use disorder. It is challenging to manage alcohol withdrawal without medications as you are used to high alcohol intake. You need to start medications immediately. Thanks and regards.   Read Full »

Is there a permanent cure for my prolonged macrocytosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had macrocytosis for a long time. My last B12 and folate levels were high. I have symptoms of nervousness, snarkiness, light headedness, palpitations, and sometimes tingling in the hands and feet. It is making me crazy. My MCV is 104.9, MCH 35.6 and last TSH 2.18. I have con...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Macrocytosis can be present because of hypothyroidism, alcohol, liver disease, etc. Your TSH value is within the limit. So, I do not think a thyroid problem can be the cause. You can get the following tests to rule out liver and kidney problem: SGOT (serum glutamic oxa...  Read Full »

How are elevated homocysteine and uric acid levels treated?

Query: Hi doctor, My homocysteine level is 65 mcmol/L. Vitamin D and SGPT values are 7.72 ng/mL and 70 units respectively. I also have higher uric acid levels. I have attached my reports. Please suggest further treatment plan.  Read Full »


Dr. Dholariya Sagar Jayantilal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient's identity). You have low vitamin B12, low vitamin D and slightly high uric acid levels. A high value of homocysteine could be due to the low level of vitamin D. The possible cause can be nutrition related. ...  Read Full »

I want to know whether my liver is in bad condition.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33 year old male. My body weight is 64.5 kg and height is 5'3". My USG report shows that the liver is mildly enlarged in size (liver span is 123 mm), but has normal shape and outline. There is a mild diffuse homogenous increase of hepatic parenchymal echogenicity suggesting mild f...  Read Full »


Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The liver is a workhouse for metabolism of protein and fat (lipids). When there is an excess of lipid in your blood than the capacity to metabolize by the liver, the excessive lipids start to accumulate in hepatic cells known as fatty liver. This is an ongoing proc...  Read Full »

Why do my blood reports show an elevated SGOT, SGPT, and low vitamin D and phosphorous levels?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 35 years old male. My BP is 130/85. I am taking Calaptin SR 120 mg twice a day for idiopathic RVOT NSVT which has been controlled by RF ablation procedure and under this continuous medication to control further ectopic beats. Under the continuous care of my cardiologist, this si...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post and the investigations you have posted. You have deranged fasting blood glucose which is 102 mg/dl which is in the pre-diabetic range. Your vitamin D level is very low. You will need a replacement. I suggest you start capsule Lumia 60K weekl...  Read Full »

Please suggest a medicine for jaundice.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22 year old male. I am suffering from jaundice. I used to smoke and drink. But, since 15 days I have quit. Last week my eyes became yellow and after that I had my blood test and hepatitis test. I am uploading the report. Please suggest me medicine and further diet plan.  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from hepatitis and the cause of which is most probably alcohol. Your hepatitis B and C antibody tests are negative ruling out viral hepatitis. I would suggest you to avoid alcohol intake and ensure good nutrition; take fat free diet and salt ...  Read Full »

My ALT and AST are elevated. Does the high ALT indicate liver cirrhosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I just had a blood work done. I have been engaging in some excessive drinking bouts, including the night before the test. My liver panel numbers are ALT 179, AST 112, ALP 78, total bilirubin 78, albumin 45, and total protein 77. My understanding is that ALT and AST are elevated, and the...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The high ALT (alanine transaminase) and AST (aspartate transaminase) do not indicate that you do have cirrhosis, but yes, it cannot be ruled out based on these tests. The rise in ALT and AST just indicates hepatitis, that could have several reasons. To hel...  Read Full »

I regularly consume alcohol. What is the recommended HIV screening test for me?

Query: Hi doctor,I have read that drinking alcohol affects the HIV test results. Does increased alcohol intake delay seroconversion time? If so, then how long one should wait, three or six months? For such cases, can we take HIV DNA PCR as a screening test? Whether this test is also affected by more alcoho...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The answers to your queries are:It is unlikely for a test result to be affected by alcohol intake. It will not have any effect. There is no need to wait to get the test done. Recommendations are to get tested at four weeks by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) antibody an...  Read Full »

How to bring a person out of abusive behavior and alcohol addiction?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been married for eight years, it was a love marriage, and things were fine initially. Three years back, my husband left his job to pursue his passion for becoming an entrepreneur, and I supported him in whichever way I could, both mentally and financially. But, things did not go a...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concerns. First of all, I am totally against any form of abuse, so do not endorse any idea of suffering with your current husband. There is a definite need to seek advice if things are not working despite making compromises at ...  Read Full »

I took cocaine two days before my blood test. Will this alter my liver function reports?

Query: Hi doctor, My recent ALT is 90 and AST is 86. I used cocaine two days before the blood test. Can it cause an elevation in LFTs? If so, how long of an abstinence period would be needed to get LFTs back down to normal levels?  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammad Aamir

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all cocaine did not make LFT (liver function test) rise just taking it for two days. It is possible only if you have been taking cocaine from long time. Second thing is ALT (alanine transaminase) 90 and AST (aspartate transminase) 86 are not that high values whic...  Read Full »

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