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Appetite loss, sleeplessness and depression are some of the common problems during abstinence.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 05, 2003 21:31 IST

In alcoholism, problems experienced during recovery differ from patient to patient. These depend on the physical condition of each patient and the amount of alcohol he had taken during the course of time.

Some of the most common problems are loss of appetite, sleeplessness and depression. Sexual problems like decreased sexual urge during the first six months, premature ejaculation or impotence are also not uncommon during recovery. These need not be frightening.

These are a result of the long-term use of alcohol and its impact on the cells of the body. With continued abstinence and proper medical and psychological help, these problems can be definitely overcome.


First Published: Jun 05, 2003 21:31 IST