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Benefits Of Not Drinking Any Alcohol
Weigh carefully: Moderate drinking (2 drinks or less/day for men, and 1 drink or less/day for women) may protect against coronary artery disease and heart attack. Also this could raise levels of hdl, the "good" cholesterol, and reduce the risk of blood clots forming in coronary arteries. These small amounts could also reduce risk of dementia. Heavy drinking (4+ drinks/day, etc) negates these possible benefits. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly-low doses: There have been associations (which does not necessarily mean that alcohol is the CAUSE of the effect) between low dose alcohol (up to 2 drinks per day in men and 1 drink in women and men over 60) and improvement in HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol), with a lower rate of coronary heart disease/heart attack, which are the major cause of death in the western world. Exercise works even better. ...Read more
May increase HDL: Moderate alcohol use may increase HDL (good cholesterol), which may help lower the risk of heart disease. But too much alcohol can increase triglycerides, which would increase the risk of heart disease. The key is to drink in moderation. If you currently don't drink, don't start drinking for the possible health benefits. The moderate alcohol use is 1-2 drinks/day for men and 1 drink/day for women. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
1. Never have a: Hangover. 2. Never have a blackout. 3. Never pass out from alcohol use. 4. Never get arrested for a dui. 5. Never have arguments with your spouse about your drinking. 6. Never get into a drunken stupor. 7. Never become a drunk. 8. Never have to feel ashamed about you did when you were drunk. 9. Never go into withdrawal. Etc., etc. ...Read more
For every + a -: You've probably read the stories of one glass of wine or spirits per day does this thing that's great for you. On the other side of this argument is a body of research that says that no amount of alcohol is ever good. Use in moderation or responsibly please, but don't expect any "health benefits". ...Read more
32 yrs. Have been drinking alcohol regularly for half my life now. What benefits are there to giving up drinking now? Has my body adapted to alcohol?
How much and: for what medicinal purposes.Get a more detailed answer ›
At age 16 years old?: --- none.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have alcohol cirrhosis and have stop drinking alcohol for 3 yrs. What benefit will i get? Will it stop cirrhosis?
Survival benefit!: If you have alcoholic cirrhosis you will need to quite drinking for life. It will not stop cirrhosis, but it will prevent things from going downhill quickly. ...Read more
Alcohol: There are no currently available drugs to reduce alcohol consumption. The only drug in the past used to control alcohol use was "Antabuse". This must only be used under careful medical supervision because of its SERIOUS side effects. The best drug to reduce alcohol use is self control. Barring this try good psychotherapy and or AA. ...Read more
Unaswerable: You do realize that we are really physicians here. Medicine has little to say about alcohol use unless it is being abused or causing damage to one's health. I believe that unless you have health consequences to your drinking then drinking rarely and slowly is a good piece of advise to remember. Moderation in all things. ...Read more
Buckley's coughsyrup: Most products made by Buckley's contain dextromethorphan, a potent cough suppressant. It is not a good idea to drink alcohol with this medication. If your cough persists for more than one week, despite using Beckley's, or if you have high fevers, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Depends on how much you are talking about when you say "drink." if you are on pencillin, it is to treat an infection. Large quantities of alcohol (more than 2-3 drinks on an occasion) interfere with the body's ability to fight infections - white blood cells do not work as well to gobble up germs and make antibodies in the presence of alcohol. If it is a beer or 2, or a glass of win, no problem. ...Read more
Modulate emotions: People may start drinking and using drugs from curiosity, and then discover that they like the effects -- at least temporarily. Could be a craving for novelty, and a way to modulate painful emotion. In some, sporadic drug and alcohol use turn into full substance abuse and/or dependence -- taking over life, endangering health, and destroying relationships, work, and hope. The shift can be quick. ...Read more
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