Top 20 Doctor insights on: Bad things about drinking alcohol

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I've had no problems drinking alcohol in the past. But last week, I had a very bad reaction. How is this possible?

I've had no problems drinking alcohol in the past. But last week, I had a very bad reaction. How is this possible?

Etoh: Etoh is a spontaneous mast cell degranulator. Can cause all over flushing and feelings of awfulness. Also, maybe you simply drank too much?!?! ...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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Is drinking alcohol while on period bad?

Is drinking alcohol while on period bad?

It is if you have: Excessive bloating, cramps or other problematic symptoms during your period. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol ; salt. ...Read more

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Is taking ashwagandha and drinking alcohol a bad idea?

Is taking ashwagandha and drinking alcohol a bad idea?

Both are a bad idea: Taking either of these is a bad idea and taking these together is a doubly bad idea. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol a bad idea when I have a separated shoulder?

Is drinking alcohol a bad idea when I have a separated shoulder?

Yes: Drinking alcohol at any time during an injury or take the pain away from an injury is not a good idea. A separated shoulder is something that can be taken care of. Stop the drinking and go see an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol bad for you when you had a quadrupal bypass?

Is drinking alcohol bad for you when you had a quadrupal bypass?

Yes: Alcohol is a source of empty calories with very low health benefit (even the red wine angle is now questionable). Someone who has had 4 vessels bypassed in their heart needs to be as healthy as possible to lower weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, lower inflammation and blood clotting problems. Alcohol just doesn't add any health benefit in the overall picture. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol good or bad for my heart?

That depends on: What your body needs. Do you need to lower your risk of heart disease or lower your risk of alcoholism? Every human being is truly a study of one! In general, alcohol is a poison. Use it wisely. ...Read more

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What is so bad about drinking alcohol while on promethazine dm? No additional details needed

What is so bad about drinking alcohol while on promethazine dm? No additional details needed

Drug interactions: Would need to know why you are on Promethazine for give any kind of rational answer, but alcohol increases the activity of Promethazine and vice versa; in other words there is more toxicity with both drugs together than just adding up the toxicity of the two separately. Driving on that combination would be particularly dangerous. How much alcohol? A little, not much; a lot, a bunch of problems. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol bad if biliary colic?

Is drinking alcohol bad if biliary colic?

While having colic?: Not a good combo if biliary colic occurring. Typically onset with fatty foods, so e.g. Pepperoni pizza and beer is not unusual trigger. If history of biliary colic, alcohol in itself won't bring it on, but should treat the diseased gallbladder to prevent another attack-which could lead to complications like infection, blood infection pancreatitis, even death. Alcohol can cause lots of GI damage. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol (eg glass Of beer or wine) everyday bad for your health?

Is drinking alcohol (eg glass Of beer or wine) everyday bad for your health?

Probably ok: Drinking 1 glass of wine or beer is generally OK for a woman and up to 2 glasses of wine or beer is usually ok for a man. But there are always exceptions to this rule such as if you have liver problems or are taking some medications (like seizure medications) which can be affected by alcohol use and decrease their efficacy. Personally I would drink tea or water but to each his or her own :) ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol decrease the effectiveness of clarithromycin? And would it be bad for your liver?

Will drinking alcohol decrease the effectiveness of clarithromycin? And would it be bad for your liver?

No: Ethanol will not decrease efficacy of clarithromycin, but is not wise to drink when you have infection because it interferes with immune function, particularly leukocyte function. You do not say how much alcohol you are drinking, but excessive amounts can damage the liver. ...Read more

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I am still vomiting 2 days after drinking alcohol. Is this just a bad hangover or something more serious?

I am still vomiting 2 days after drinking alcohol. Is this just a bad hangover or something more serious?

Vomiting: It is not the norm. I would seek medical attention at urgent care/ doctor as you have to make sure you can hold down fluids otherwise you dehydrate which also causes vomiting. Also excessive vomiting can damage your esophagus and cause electrolyte abnormalities. You likely need IV fluids because you are dehydrated and need electrolyte replenishment. Seek medical attention today. ...Read more

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Is smoking marijuana bad while on accutane? How about drinking alcohol?

Is smoking marijuana bad while on accutane? How about drinking alcohol?

Don't do it: When you started up on accutane, you probably made a promise not to drink alcohol while you're taking it, to be good to your liver. You'd do well to keep this promise. Congratulations on your courage to take this medicine and clear your acne. It's a brave start to a new life. Why go into it goofy from smoking "weed" -- even if it's legal where you live? ...Read more

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Is it bad to be taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and then drinking alcohol later in the day?

Is it bad to be taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and then drinking alcohol later in the day?

Not logical: In short, why would you do this? Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is indicated for narcolepsy and adhd. Alcohol is to be avoided at all costs in narcolepsy and negates the effects of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for adhd symptoms. ...Read more

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I see my heart beat more then just feel it. I quit drinking alcohol completely about two months ago and have had very bad anxiety almost constantly as?

I see my heart beat more then just feel it. I quit drinking alcohol completely about two months ago and have had very bad anxiety almost constantly as?

Not too surprising: This phenomenon of being able to see your chest rise & fall with your heart's beating is not uncommon. It can be particularly noticeable with you are lying on your back. Withdrawal from alcohol can result in physical symptoms such as more rapid & forceful heart beats. By now, it should be improving. See your doctor for help with your anxiety. Resist temptation to return to alcohol to help it! ...Read more

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My right side hurts just below my rib after drinking alcohol. Not bad, just like a sour stomach only on the wrong side. My liver numbers are good.?

My right side hurts just below my rib after drinking alcohol. Not bad, just like a sour stomach only on the wrong side. My liver numbers are good.?

Get checked out: Pain is the way your body lets you know there is a problem. The relationship to your drinking is no accident. This could be anything from an ulcer, to a problem with your gall bladder or pancreas. You need a physical exam from your primary care physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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