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Doctor insights on: Brain Damage Caused By Alcohol Is Not Permanent

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How much alcohol must an adolescent have to consume to cause permanent brain damage or developmental problems?

How much alcohol must an adolescent have to consume to cause permanent brain damage or developmental problems?

Individual Levels: There is no one answer to this, since each individual is different. However, teenagers should not drink alcohol for a very good reason: their brains are still developing. If you add toxins (e.g., alcohol, nicotine from cigarettes, etc.) to a growing brain, you're only doing it harm.

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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What are the most common symptoms of brain damage caused by alcohol abuse?

What are the most common symptoms of brain damage caused by alcohol abuse?

Many symptoms:: Memory problems, anxiety, depression, visual changes, irritability, cravings, delusions, hallucinations, and loss of balance and control. Do not wait until these symptoms develop. Stop drinking alcohol now. See your physician to get help.

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How much alcohol does it take to cause brain damage?

How much alcohol does it take to cause brain damage?

Complicated question: With the same amount of alcohol people experience different degrees of impairment and damage. Some people are more vulnerable than others to brain damage due to alcohol. The good news is that most alcohol abusers with cognitive impairment show at least some improvement in brain structure and functioning within a year of abstinence.

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How should someone know if alcohol caused them brain damage?

How should someone know if alcohol caused them brain damage?

Abuse: Abusing alcohol has many harmful effects on the nervous system. In absence of other eternal toxic factors, many years of alcohol abuse commonly causes atrophy or "loss of brain cells with a shrunken appearance of the brain".

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Does alcohol poisoning cause brain damage?

Does alcohol poisoning cause brain damage?

Yes: Acute and chronic alcoholism affect brain function. Chronic alcoholism may cause dementia. Acute alcoholism may cause delirium, memory lapses or amnesia. The old saying that every single drink of alcoholic drinks kills brain cells is not literarily truth but other changes in the synapsis of neurons do occur.

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Does excessive alcohol lead to brain damage?

Does excessive alcohol lead to brain damage?

Yes: To a degree and over time, excessive alcohol can cause long term central nervous system damage. A condition called wernike's can develop. Many other things happen as well that affect the brain.

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Can you get brain damage from alcohol at age 22?

Can you get brain damage from alcohol at age 22?

Absolutely: Alcohol can cause brain damage at any age. Chronic use can cause psychosis characterized by anterograde amnesia (inability to form new memories), and confabulation (lying to fill in memory gaps). Withdrawal can cause seizures, hallucinations, and tremors. It can be fatal.

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Can the brain damage from drugs and alcohol be reversed?

Can the brain damage from drugs and alcohol be reversed?

Not really.: Once the brain tissue has been damaged by drugs, it is unfortunately lost for good.

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Please advise! How much alcohol does one need to drink to get brain damage?

Please advise! How much alcohol does one need to drink to get brain damage?

Alcohol Brain: It is an interesting question and the answer is individual. There are people who can drink a modicum of alcohol over their life and have no brain injury and those who can have severe injury. Binge drinking is probably the worst scenario for your overall health and brain health. I have seen severe alcohol abusers whose brains looked (MRI) and functioned normally even at an advanced age.

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Alcohol intoxication lead to brain damage?

Alcohol intoxication lead to brain damage?

Yes: Damage can occur in two ways. The first is acute alcohol poisoning, which can cause brain damage and even death. Long term alcoholism has been know to damage the brain over an extended time. Chronic alcoholism will also damage the liver, which will also have a damaging effect on the brain.

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Can alcohol poisoning give you brain damage?

Alcohol Poisoning: Alcohol can damage the brain if done to excess. There is an organic brain syndrome caused from alcohol damage. Delirium tremens is a disorder caused by acute alcohol withdrawl. Yes, alcohol can be very damaging to the brain if used to excess!

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What should I do about potential brain damage from alcohol poisoning?

What should I do about potential brain damage from alcohol poisoning?

Damage control: You can first ask for a clear description of the damage from your doctor. Then follow all recommendations for recovery. You should be certain to eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, avoid any drugs not prescribed by your doctor, consider meditation or Yoga, and attend AA meetings. Consult a Neuropsychologist who can measure the impact and recommend activities to help improve areas of wea

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Is a brain MRI used to detect or rule out alcohol induced brain damage?

Is a brain MRI used to detect or rule out alcohol induced brain damage?

Not typically.: Alcohol is a major cause of brain damage, and it has been estimated that one alcoholic beverage kills about 50, 000 neurons. There are about 100, 000, 000, 000 neurons in the brain. By the time the damage is detectable on MRI, there has significant brain damage.

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"people who survive alcohol poisoning with brain damage are the ones who survived due to intensive care and remained in a coma for day or more" true?

"people who survive alcohol poisoning with brain damage are the ones who survived due to intensive care and remained in a coma for day or more" true?

Alcohol poisoning: Intensive care treatment in this case is quite important, remaining in a coma for a day or more likely not good as the sooner you come out of a coma the better.

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Probability that acute alcohol poisoning from isolated binge (bac of. 50, can't be woken, 8 hour sleep at er) results in permanent brain injury? How?

Probability that acute alcohol poisoning from isolated binge (bac of. 50, can't be woken, 8 hour sleep at er) results in permanent brain injury? How?

Alcohol abuse: It sounds like you're talking about someone you care about. I'm sorry this happened. Pretty much anything can happen if we overuse a drug legal, prescribed, or otherwise. That said it's very difficult situation as usually there's a lot more information that's missing. For example if the person used any benzodiazepine it could result in this. Many other factors. Luck to you and your friend.

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Does Suboxone cause permanent brain damage?

Not permanent: Brain damage is not the word I would use. Opiate addiction in general can cause long lasting changes to the brain. Suboxone is a type of opiate and completely stopping it can be difficult without other forms of support. It takes time, "months" for the brain to recover. Things such as stress or "triggers" even months to years down the road could cause cravings, possible relapse, meetings help!

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Dr. William Singer
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