Moderate alcohol consumption itself is not a problem, but alcohol can cause a series of health problems when drinking too much. Frequent alcohol consumption potentially leads to an addiction. Alcohol overuse can prevent our normal body function and damage organs. If someone is abusing alcohol, it is highly advised to consult a specialist.
Alcohol consumption is a type of social behavior in many cultures. People may drink to socialize, celebrate, and relax. Drinking alcohol moderately is not a problem, but drinking too much will increase the risks of a variety of diseases. Especially problematic is the feature of alcohol consumption to lead to an addiction.
Overusing alcohol can damage a variety of human organs. The WHO defines harmful alcohol consumption as intake of more than 60g pure alcohol per day for men and 40g per day for women. The organs that may take damage are: 1) brain: alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect human mood and behavior. Besides chronic high alcohol intake can lead to permanent brain damage. 2) heart: arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, stroke and high blood pressure, 3) liver: fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis and cirrhosis, 4) pancreas: alcohol can make the pancreas produce toxic substances that lead to pancreatitis, 5) cancer: it can increase the risks of mouth, esophagus, liver, throat and breast cancers, 6) immune system: drinking too much can also weaken the human immune system. Symptoms of intoxication with alcohol and consequences of drinking too much include: 1) reduced inhibition and aggression, 2) slurred speech, 3) motor impairment, 4) confusion, 5) memory and concentration problems, 6) coma, 7) breathing problems, and even 8) death. Alcohol addiction is not defined by an amount of alcohol consumed but by psychic symptoms such as craving, loss of control of the amount consumed, withdrawal symptoms and social consequences.
An acute intoxication with alcohol may be life threatening and, in case of complete loss of consciousness, needs immediate intensive care in order to maintain vital functions such as breathing and circulation. Intoxicated persons should be put in a recovery position to protect them from aspiration of vomit. One of the most well-known treatments for alcohol use disorder is to join the mutual support group Alcoholics Anonymous. Besides, there are plenty of other possibilities like support with medication and behavioral therapies, as well as combinations of treatments.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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