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do different race have different alcohol tolerances?

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Dr. Philip Gilly
Addiction Medicine 39 years experience
Yes there are ...: There are genetic differences in the levels of alcohol dehydrogenase enzymes. People with lower enzyme levels will be more sensitive to feeling the effects and side-effects of alcohol.
Dr. Ward Dean
Anti-Aging Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: Asians (including American Indians) tend to have a deficiency of alcohol dehydrogenase, the enzyme that aids the body to metabolize alcohol. Consequently, alcohol tends to have greater effects on those who are genetically deficient in this enzyme.

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Is it possible to be addicted to things other than drugs and alcohol?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Absolutely.: Chocolate, fat, video games - anything that gives instant pleasure is likely to have a corresponding addiction. Yes, that, too.
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Alcohol used to be fun in college, but now I can't seem to get out of this funk.

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Depressant: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. It eventually lowers your mood. The "buzz" that people feel when intoxicated is related to the lowering of inhibitions due to the depressant effect on the brain. Chronic alcoholics often need larger amounts of alcohol to achieve this effect which often lasts for a shorter period. This creates a vicious cycle and sustained abuse.
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Does alcohol affect seizures?

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Dr. Henry Bloom
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Can cause seizures: Alcohol can cause withdrawl seizures, and may effect the seizure threshhold in the brain for other types of xeizure. It may also interact badly with seizure medications.
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Can alcohol make gout symptoms worse?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Yes: Gout can be caused by elevated uric acid which can precipitate anywhere in the body, but most commonly in the big toe. Alcohol raises uric acid levels, so in general if you have gout, try not to drink alcohol.
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Which antimalarial drugs are used in areas that have multiple drug resistance?

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Complicated: This depends upon which area of the world and to which drugs the parasite has become resistant. Check the cdc website for the state of the region in which you are interested and the drugs currently being recommended.

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