Alcoholism
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Weston S. Ferrer, MD (Psychiatry)

Weston Ferrer is a physician leader, psychiatrist, and clinical informaticist based in San Francisco. With nearly a decade of experience in academia and more recent immersion in industry, he has made significant contributions to the fields of digital health, health tech, and healthcare innovation. | As an Associate Professor at UCSF, Weston was involved in teaching, leadership, and clinical practice, focusing on the intersection of technology and mental health. He recently led mental health clinical for Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences), where he applied his expertise to develop innovative solutions for mental healthcare using the tools of AI/ML, digital therapeutics, clinical analytics, and more.. | Weston is known for his unique ability to innovate and support product development while bringing pragmatism to technology entrepreneurship. He is a strong advocate for patient-centered care and is committed to leveraging technology to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. |

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Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

Alcoholism is an addiction to alcohol that results in significant mental or physical health problems.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Involuntary movements

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Altered mental status (delirium)

  • Palpitation

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

Possible causes

  • Alcohol dependence / delirium tremens

    A condition in which the patient depends on alcohol and experiences withdrawal symptoms if they don't have a drink. These symptoms can range from mild (e.g., irritation, sleeplessness) to severe (confusion, coma, seizures).

  • Alcohol usage disorder

    Alcohol use disorder is a condition with continued heavy and/or frequent alcohol use despite mental, social, or physical problems. It is sometimes referred to as alcoholism.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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  • Do you drink alcohol excessively despite the problems it causes?

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References

  • Diamond I, Messing RO. Neurologic effects of alcoholism. West J Med. 1994 Sep;161(3):279-87. PMID: 7975567; PMCID: PMC1011410.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1011410/

  • Lieber CS. Medical disorders of alcoholism. N Engl J Med. 1995 Oct 19;333(16):1058-65. doi: 10.1056/NEJM199510193331607. PMID: 7675050.

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJM199510193331607

Reviewed By:

Weston S. Ferrer, MD

Weston S. Ferrer, MD (Psychiatry)

Weston Ferrer is a physician leader, psychiatrist, and clinical informaticist based in San Francisco. With nearly a decade of experience in academia and more recent immersion in industry, he has made significant contributions to the fields of digital health, health tech, and healthcare innovation. | As an Associate Professor at UCSF, Weston was involved in teaching, leadership, and clinical practice, focusing on the intersection of technology and mental health. He recently led mental health clinical for Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences), where he applied his expertise to develop innovative solutions for mental healthcare using the tools of AI/ML, digital therapeutics, clinical analytics, and more.. | Weston is known for his unique ability to innovate and support product development while bringing pragmatism to technology entrepreneurship. He is a strong advocate for patient-centered care and is committed to leveraging technology to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. |

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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