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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Overview)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the liver and liver failure.


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What're ways to reduce alcohol consumption?

What're ways to reduce alcohol consumption?

Reduce alcohol use:: Start with a non-alcoholic drink, delay the 1st alcoholic drink & increase the delay, measure your drinks, limit to 1/hr, drink slowly, be aware of each drink, alternate alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks, eat before & during drinking, rally support of friends, learn your triggers for excessive drinking & modify/avoid them, fill your life with natural highs, & measure your progress. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
387 Doctors shared insights

Alcohol Consumption (Overview)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the liver and liver failure.


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Any advice on cutting down alcohol consumption?

Any advice on cutting down alcohol consumption?

Seek help...: Quit!, Seek professional help such as rehab and counseling. Identify the reasons, or root cause (s) behind why you drink. Be honest with yourself... how badly do you want to stop. I doubt if it will be a matter of "cutting down" it is either stop or do not stop. Your call. ...Read more

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Alcohol consumption (Tip)

A banana, avocado, potato chips or glass of O.J. will help restore potassium loss from drinking. ...See more

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When does alcohol consumption cause health problems?

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When does alcohol consumption cause health problems?

Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots, stone formation, diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings. ...Read more

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Can alcohol consumption at a young age affect growth?

Can alcohol consumption at a young age affect growth?

Not physical growth: Alcohol in young age may not affect physical growth but will certainly affect psychological development. You need to learn how to manage in the world and alcohol will make this learning much more difficult. ...Read more

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Alcohol consumption (Tip)

Drink water along with your alcohol. Keep extra water by the bed. It will lessen a hangover. ...See more

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What is "kindling" in the context of alcohol consumption?

What is "kindling" in the context of alcohol consumption?

Alcohol withdrawal: Kindling is the phenomenon which occurs as a result of repeated withdrawal from benzodiazepines or alcohol that leads to increasingly severe withdrawal symptoms, including an increased risk of seizures. ...Read more

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Does a person's temp. Go up or down with alcohol consumption?

Does a person's temp. Go up or down with alcohol consumption?

Core temperature: Decrease. Alcohol induces peripheral vasodilation and causes a feeling of warmth in the skin, however increase in skin blood flow lowers the core body temperature. ...Read more

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Alcohol consumption (Tip)

Drink fruit juice. It has a kind of sugar called fructose that helps the body burn alcohol faster. ...See more

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Whar are the clinical manifestations of excessive alcohol consumption?

Whar are the clinical manifestations of excessive alcohol consumption?

Being drunk: Being intoxicated are the primary manifestations -- slurred speech, loss of control of fine motor movements, confusion with tasks requiring thinking, emotional instability, sometimes irritability, inappropriate laughter, staggering gait -- all the way to stupor and coma. If using despite harm to relationships and social responsibilities (like work) these are all signs of excessive use. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to over come excessive alcohol consumption without joining aa?

Can you tell me how to over come excessive alcohol consumption without joining aa?

It's possible: Aa does have a long and successful history, for people who actively work the program. There are other programs which have not been around as long, but which do benefit some people. One of these is smart recovery: http://www. Smartrecovery. Org/ you might also look into intensive outpatient programs too. An addiction medicine physician can work with you -- Naltrexone and other options exist. ...Read more

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Alcohol consumption (Tip)

Get some fresh air. Oxygen increases the rate that alcohol toxins are broken down. ...See more

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Can responsible alcohol consumption be more beneficial or detrimental to your health?

Complicated: Iscd 2010 study ranked etoh as most harmful of all drugs (eg, cirrhosis of the liver, fas, esophageal varices, dementia, premature aging, etoh poisoning ; death, car accidents, crime ; violence). Some argue that in older folks a drink or two (esp red wine) has some health ; psych'l benefits. However, there are far better ; healthier ways to get same benefits. Remember- everything in moderation! ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could over come excessive alcohol consumption without joining aa?

Can you tell me how I could over come excessive alcohol consumption without joining aa?

Alternative programs: The largest alternative to 12-step treatment in the US is SMART recovery, and there are many others. Most treatment programs use evidence-based forms of group and individual therapy, like cognitive behavioral therapies and motivational enhancement therapy, which does not involve 12-step meetings. LifeRing Secular recovery, Women for Sobriety are others. Google or Bing names to get help in your area ...Read more

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Alcohol consumption (Tip)

Avoid caffeine. A weak cup of coffee is okay, but a lot of caffeine will continue to dehydrate you. ...See more

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Is alcohol consumption for diabetics okay?

Is alcohol consumption for diabetics okay?

Alcohol in Diabetics: As per national Institute of Health: Alcohol use can worsen diabetes-related medical complications, such as disturbances in fat metabolism, nerve damage, and eye disease. Long-term alcohol ingestion in diabetics who are not adequately nourished can lead to dangerously low blood sugar levels. Please continue follow up with your Physician and discuss Diabetes and your Alcohol use. ...Read more

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Alcohol consumption (Tip)

Rest! Sleep is one of the most essential treatments for a hangover. ...See more

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Can alcohol consumption cause hemolysis?

Can alcohol consumption cause hemolysis?

Zieve's syndrome: Although quite a rare illness, there is something called Zieve's syndrome, wherein alcohol consumption can lead to hemolysis. The mechanism of hemolysis in Zieve's syndrome is not entirely understood. Alcohol is a toxin, and has damaging effects to the body -which is really too bad. Hopefully you can get some help, as hemolytic anemia can be bad news, as well as the liver problems etc with alcohol ...Read more

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How does alcohol consumption affect gout?

How does alcohol consumption affect gout?

Makes it worse: Alcohol increases the level of uric acid, which is the chemical responsible for gout in predisposed individuals. In some people, gout only occurs when they are drinking. The byproducts of alcohol are excreted preferentially to the byproducts of uric acid, raising their levels, in some people raising them markedly. People with gout should not use alcohol, or drink very sparingly. ...Read more

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