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Does your brain swell when you drink alcohol

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
No: Your cognitive function is affected, if too much alcohol permanent damage to this center occurs along with liver disease.

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Spetzler
Neurosurgery 50 years experience
No: Alcohol when consumed in moderation is fine after a brain bleed. Excessive alcohol intake can affect your liver and cause problems with forming clots.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Depends: Everybody who asks about "drinking" never talks about what they mean. One social drink is only harmful if you are alcoholic or if you are on medicati... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Maybe: I can't answer that question without knowing more about your history and why you had surgery. I would ask your surgeon that question.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Tough question: Since alcohol interacts with many medications and the brain functions, it is important that you discuss this question with your personal neurologist/n... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
Maybe: Alcohol in moderation should not complicate a "benign" brain tumor such as a meningioma or schwannoma. If you have a low grade glioma, then the tumor... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mahmud Ibrahim
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Stress reduction: Many times headaches are due to benign issues. Getting proper sleep, doing some stress reduction techniques, and cutting out alcohol (which can dehydr... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Depends on how much: Alcohol is a vasodilator meaning opens blood vessels which causes pooling and gravity pulls it down. Don't drink so much and elevation will help.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Allergic to alcohol: You might be allergic to alcohol. Some people have this condition while others may be allergic to a component in an alcoholic beverage (e.g. The mixe... Read More
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Dr. Richard Mallia
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Comorbidities: How much alcohol are we talking about? One liter of bourbon is much different than a glass of wine. There may have been some other problem in your b... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Alcohol can : Function as a vasodilator......Allowing blood vessels to become more engorged and hence more blood flow....Swelling of the feet which area city depend... Read More

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