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What sort of health issue is alcohol use?

What sort of health issue is alcohol use?

Alcohol use: Most people use alcohol responsibly. It acts as a mild anxiolytic, reducing the symptoms of stress. However, one in thirteen people, is addicted, about 14 million americans. The amount of damage from this group, deaths and injuries for auto accidents, work related accidents, is in the billions yearly. Responsible use unfortunately become life threatening addiction in too many - why start? ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Which health problems are associated with excessive alcohol use?

Which health problems are associated with excessive alcohol use?

Several: You are at higher risk for liver disease. In addition, chronic alcohol users have a higher risk for stroke, heart disease, and some cancers. Alcohol is a toxin and kills brain cells which can never regenerate. Alcoholics are also at higher risk for diabetes and accidents of all kinds. ...Read more

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Why is alcohol use particularly harmful for the health and development of teenagers?

Why is alcohol use particularly harmful for the health and development of teenagers?

Age: First of all it is illegal to make alcohol accessible for anyone under 21 I think the reason for that law is that teenagers are already very impulsive and alcohol potentiates that leading to poor judgement. Teenagers also are less likely to know their limits which depend on wt and metabolism. ...Read more

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Can heavy alcohol use elevate bilirubin?

Can heavy alcohol use elevate bilirubin?

Yes: It's common. Usually there will be some elevation in both conjugated and unconjugated bilirubin if the cause is alcohol, and the transaminases will also be up. Gilbert's and medication effects are two other important considerations depending on the numbers and which tests are up. ...Read more

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Occasional alcohol use have any effect on iron levels?

Occasional alcohol use have any effect on iron levels?

Shouldn't: Occasional use of alcohol. 1 drink per week shouldn't have an effect. ...Read more

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Will alcohol use before a cortisol test effect results?

Will alcohol use before a cortisol test effect results?

Yes, it can not only: Effect the results, the reason they are doing it might be explainable if they knew that you were drinking alcohol, because it can screw up the entire endocrine hormonal axis they are looking at. So, the test might be even more than useless, it might be misleading and they can make a false diagnosis, or miss a real one. Please talk to your doctors about your level of alcohol use-dont drink before. ...Read more

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How do I know if my child has been affected by maternal alcohol use?

How do I know if my child has been affected by maternal alcohol use?

See an expert: If you drank heavily, your child may have fetal alcohol syndrome. Lesser amounts of drinking result in fetal alcohol effects. A developmental pediatrician can do an assessment, but would have to know the history of your drinking. Many of the same learning disabilities, psychiatric issues and behavioral problems occur in children whose mothers did not drink in pregnancy. Fas causes birth defects. ...Read more

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My ex is daily drinker. He had borderline liver test where he was losing some of his liver usage. What test will show alcohol use chronic?

My ex is daily drinker. He had borderline liver test where he was losing some of his liver usage. What test will show alcohol use chronic?

Drinking that: interferes w/work, marriage, relationships, etc. is a problem that needs to be managed. Some say "it's only beer" or "it's only on weeks ends." This clinical way of measuring drinking problems is more useful than ounces and type of drink. Peace and good health. The borderline liver function tests adds to the need to deal w/this. AA is a good start. ...Read more

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What effect does alcohol use have on relationships?

What effect does alcohol use have on relationships?

Alcohol is tricky: Alcoholic drink is a common social lubricant. It decreases inhibitions and leads to more garrulous conversations. It also impairs judgement and increases impulsivity which may lead to unanticipated consequences. Certain personality types are susceptible to loss of control, leading to abuse and addiction. ...Read more