i've never heard of ER doing tests for alcoholism?how BIG was the glass of vodka she had?
It was in a whiskey glass. Well they didn't just check for "alcoholism" but it seems that most of the basic tests revolved around what may have been caused by alcohol, no extra CTs were done and she was just diagnosed with alcoholism. So I'm not sure if the jumpiness was from that as well as the chest pain and fast heartbeat.
I don't think there is a medical diagnosis for "alcoholism". They can check blood alcohol level, and they can check the organs to see if they've sustained damage from things like alcohol. For instance, a blood test would indicate whether your liver is working correctly ( at least at that moment in time. ). I would suggest reading the medical charts carefully to see what they actually diagnosed.
Alcohol, and the process of sobering up from alcohol can cause chest pains, increased heart rate, and lots of cardiac issues. That is not necessarily "alcoholism ", but simply the effects of alcohol in your body.
Perhaps they diagnosed alcoholic cirrhosis (of the liver) not alcoholism.
Thanks for your replies. I checked her diagnosis paper and it said alcohol "intoxication". I guess this makes more sense than alcoholism but still, she isn't a heavy drinker.
People can have episodes of intoxication minus being an alcoholic.BUT if the episodes of intoxication become more frequent w/consistent loss of control then one could be entering the waters of alcoholic drinking!
That's what I had assumed, however since they didn't check for traces of seizure through (CT scans) or anything of the brain, is it a concern now to get it checked? Not knowing if it was a seizure or not. I was told the traces of the chemicals in the brain would be gone by now since it was 2 months ago and any form of brain damage would have shown up since then, and she has been fine, so it is necessary to get a brain CT at this point.
You're a good friend to have :) keep it up. God bless you both.