Chapter Six: Medical Complications. low-risk drinking. No level of drinking is consistently safe Moderate drinking can create health problems Potential problems aggravating medical conditions alcohol-medication interactions. complications chronic use.
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Features defining FAS
Primarily the result of indirect effects
Elements of dependence
Evidence of dependence
Triggered by relative lowering of blood alcohol level
Four major withdrawal syndromes
loss of appetite
rapid heart beat
unable to sleep
Basis for early am drinking, to treat withdrawal
usually subsides in 2-3 days
but irritability and sleep problems can persist
If doesn’t subside, more serious withdrawalHyper-arousal Withdrawal Syndomes(cont.)