Control Alcohol Drinking

Most people do not realize that quitting or cutting down on alcohol once you are addicted is not that easy. Alcoholism or binge drinking is the cause of various liver diseases, such as alcoholic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and liver failure. Drinking alcohol while pregnant can result in severe birth defects. If you are thinking of cutting down on alcohol consumption, talk to a doctor now.

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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 much more ...  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. Recommendations are to get tested at four weeks by HIV antibody test and if the result is negativ...  Read Full »

I have thick skin pads, redness, and pain when out in sunlight. What is it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have thick skin pads on my cheeks, and the symptoms have all the hallmarks of rosacea, redness, itchiness, pain in sunlight, blushing, etc. I was becoming very self-conscious of my face and wondered if I could do anything to reduce the symptoms. It started almost 10 to 15 years ago, but...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it seems to be a manifestation of rosacea. Please send good quality photographs taken in natural light to confirm the diagnosis and to provide you the proper treatment.   Read Full »

Are there any tablets to control alcohol drinking?

Query: Hi doctor, My father drinks alcohol heavily every day and behaves very rashly at home. Would you please suggest some tablets to control alcohol drinking?  Read Full »


Dr. Ananth S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have some questions. How old is your dad? How heavy is his drinking? How long has he been drinking? To quit alcohol, the person has to decide to do it firmly. He should join an alcoholic recovery group. To reduce cravings, I suggest medications such as Acamprosat...  Read Full »

How to get rid of scary thoughts after visualizing what I saw in a scary movie?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female, and I recently saw a scary movie, where a man used a turkey baster to insert semen into a woman's vagina. This scared me very much, and I remember one time I fell asleep on a couch in a study room. If someone did something like this to me while I was asleep, it would hav...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. It is normal to some extent to have scary thoughts after visualizing scary scenes in the movies or real life. The kind of idea which you are experiencing is known as intrusive thoughts and mostly very scary and distressful....  Read Full »

Can you interpret the test results of my annual health check-up?

Query: Hello doctor, As part of a corporate health check up, I had undergone liver function test, USG abdomen with pelvis and lipid profile. The impression in the USG was mild hepatomegaly with grade-II fatty changes. I have attached the reports. In LFT the total bilirubin was 1.41, direct bilirubin 0.43,...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Khurana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) show that you have fatty liver with deranged LFT (liver function test). Do u drink alcohol? What is ur body weight and height? You need the following tests to be done: HBsAg Anti-HCV You can discuss with yo...  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 help you better, I...  Read Full »

Is alcohol safe during breastfeeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old female. What is the risk of drinking alcoholic beverages while breastfeeding, if I pump and dump a few hours after?  Read Full »


Dr. Roli Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you had alcohol for the first time during breastfeeding, not take it regularly or take it in very less amount, then probably it will not have much of an effect on the baby. If taken in large amounts and frequently, the baby may have drowsiness, deep sleep, weakness...  Read Full »

Can PVC cause an increase in heartbeats?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a history of benign PVC. Lately, I am getting these pauses between heartbeats that are felt in my stomach that range from 2 to 12 a minute. I have gas and burping. How many pauses per minute are dangerous and is this a cardiac issue? I put my fingers on my pulse when it happens, an...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. These pauses are nothing but the PVCs (premature ventricular contractions). Immediately after PVC, which is an extra beat, there is a temporary pause till next normal beat resumes. Most of the times, these are benign and not dangerous. However, considering your age, it...  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 »

Do all my symptoms occur due to alcohol neuropathy or back injury?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31 years old, who weighs 160 lbs and 5.10 feet tall. I drink alcohol on and off since I was 18 years old. Once I got back from deployment, I drank pretty hard with friends. I would say 3 to 8 beers every other night and then 12 to 16 on weekends. I quit drinking cold turkey a mo...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. After quitting alcohol, many patients get alcohol withdrawal symptoms, but that usually develops within a week of quitting alcohol. Chest tightness and racing heart can be because of some cardiac problem like rhythm disturbance or ischemic heart disease, or it can a...  Read Full »

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