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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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Can drinking alcohol irritate gall stones?

Can drinking alcohol irritate gall stones?

Absolutely: Alcohol is a well known risk factor for liver disease and particularly pancreatitis. The gallbladder, particularly, sick one reacts unpredictably to alcohol ingestion and may very well trigger a biliary colic and worse case scenario, pancreatitis, which can be fatal. ...Read more

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Mild chronic pancreatits, not coused by gallstones or alcohol abuse. I do not drink and no stones seen in an ultrasound. What could be the couse?

Mild chronic pancreatits, not coused by gallstones or alcohol abuse. I do not drink and no stones seen in an ultrasound. What could be the couse?

Idiopathic: That is s medical term for unknown cause. Many times the etiology of chronic recurrent pancreatitis is unknown. Also sometimes pancreatitis can be related to elevated blood triglyceride levels. ...Read more

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I have a kidney stone and feel burning on the left side of my body, that's where it is. Keep thinking its pancreatic related. Don't drink/no gall stones?

I have a kidney stone and feel burning on the left side of my body, that's where it is. Keep thinking its pancreatic related. Don't drink/no gall stones?

Drink fluids: Msny people get kidney stones. Try drinking water, and fluids but avoid soda pop. The better hydrated the less likely to happen again. There is an app to help remind you to drink 8 glasses of water per day. Your more likely to have sharp pains as stone passes not burning. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink a glass of wine if I have gall stones/gall bladder problems?

Is it okay to drink a glass of wine if I have gall stones/gall bladder problems?

Maybe: Obviously avoid alcohol if it causes any pain or discomfort. Best treatment for gall stones is have a laparscopic cholecystectomy (removal of gall bladder) which in good medical centers is performed as a day surgery procedure. Red wine can increase gall bladder symptoms. Alcohol/wine can irritate a sensetive bladder, specially ic patients. Why consume it if results are unpleasant? ...Read more

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Recent cat scan showed calcification on head of pancreatitis had gall stones gb removed in April should I be concerned do not drink?

Recent cat scan showed calcification on head of pancreatitis had gall stones gb removed in April should I be concerned do not drink?

Best to be moderate: In your alcohol consumption. The CT suggests that your pancreas has some scarring, or is in the process of healing from, pancreatitis. That might have been from the gallstones you've had removed, or it could be from excessive alcohol consumption or high cholesterol, to name a few. As your pancreas is healing it is best to avoid alcohol to avoid re-injury. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol will I have gallstones?

Can I drink alcohol will I have gallstones?

Gallstone factors: Gallstones are linked to chronic liver disease (stones usually of pigment type), but also reflect low hdl/high triglycerides, genetics, age, sex (females 2x more), obesity, drugs, low fiber, tpn, diabetes, hemolysis, pregnancy, primary biliary diseases. Factors in stone formation include: bile supersaturated with cholesterol, nucleation of cholesterol crystals, & impaired gallbladder function. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol if its suspected I have gallstones?

Can I drink alcohol if its suspected I have gallstones?

Yes, but: I know of no contraindication as to alcohol and gall stones. Fatty foods is a non-no! Certainly moderation is the name of the game as excess of alcohol drinking is detrimental to your health. As and additional advise the presence of gall stones is a clear indication for their removal in my humble opinion as complication could be quite nasty. Check with your md! ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol again after acute pancreatitis? Due to gallstones and ercp.

Can I drink alcohol again after acute pancreatitis? Due to gallstones and ercp.

Not recommended: I would not recommend anything that might add to or potentially make worse a patient with recent episode of pancreatitis. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol again after acute pancreatitis? Due to gallstones and ercp. It's been one month. Healthy

I would avoid it...: Alcohol could be a trigger to develop pancreatitis. If you are make the decision to have it anyway, should be done in very small amounts since it could exacerbate your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have upper left abdomen pain with nausea fatique I also have gallstones the pain occurred immediately after drinking one glasses of alcohol I am 31?

I have upper left abdomen pain with nausea fatique I also have gallstones the pain occurred immediately after drinking one glasses of alcohol I am 31?

Gallstones: Symptoms from gallstones can be upper abdominal pressure discomfort, bloating and nausea. But gallstones are not likely causing left upper abdominal discomfort. I do not know that drinking alcohol would necessarily cause gallstone symptoms. You could have gastritis or esophagitis, and could see a gastroenterologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Gall bladder question. What drinks, juices prevent gall stones?

The evidence says...: There is no evidence that anything helps prevent gall stones. However, if you avoid being overweight, avoid drinks high in sugar and fat, and avoid type 2 diabetes, it will help you avoid gall stones. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol good for wounds?

No: In moderation it won't hurt but won't help. A heavy drinker will skip important nutrients and that would be detrimental to healing. ...Read more

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What can you get from drinking alcohol too much?

What can you get from drinking alcohol too much?

Death: By car accident, by fire (fall asleep with a lit cigarette), by dementia, but cirrhosis of the liver and a host of other ways. Is this how you want to leave this planiet? ...Read more

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Please tell me how drinking alcohol affects the body?

Please tell me how drinking alcohol affects the body?

Alcohol: Alcohol affects every part of the body, from brain, to liver, heart, kidneys, blood, skin, only to mention a few. ...Read more

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For what reasons drinking alcohol is not good for diet?

Lots of empty: Sugar calories. If you were dieting would you eat lots of twinkies, ho ho's, ice cream & cake? It wouldn't be a very succesfull diet if you did. The same goes for alcohol. ...Read more

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Which classes of medications cannot be taken while drinking alcohol?

Which classes of medications cannot be taken while drinking alcohol?

Many Classes: Medicine contraindicated with alcohol are divided into two main classes. First aremedications that interfere with the metabolism of alcohol like the anabiotic flagyl. Others are medications which can amplify the depressive effects of alcohol like muscle relaxers. ...Read more

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Is there any benefits to drinking alcohol in moderation? If so, how much is moderation?

Is there any benefits to drinking alcohol in moderation? If so, how much is moderation?

Debateable: One drink of wine or liquor daily will initially act as a stimulant and open blood vessels; however more is never better and altimatey act as depressants. ...Read more

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How do I detox from drinking alcohol?

How do I detox from drinking alcohol?

Alcoholic: There are many places where you can see a specialist through your alcoholism. Do not wait too long! ...Read more

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Puking after drinking alcohol, what to do?

Puking after drinking alcohol, what to do?

Not drink???: Your body, via your stomach, is telling you that you are taking in something that disagrees with it, and perhaps you should listen. You may already have gastritis or pancreatitis and the alcohol may be making these worse (or causing them, for that matter). When people keep doing something despite it causing them problems, then they have a problem with that "something, " whether alcohol or heroin. ...Read more

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Why do I suddenly puke from drinking alcohol?

Why do I suddenly puke from drinking alcohol?

Have a better?: Why do you continue to drink alcohol when it makes you suddenly puke? Continuing to drink when it regularly causes a particular problem IS a sign of a drinking problem, and I strongly suggest you discuss it with your health care provider. Alcohol, especially in larger amounts, causes inflammation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum, as well as pancreas and liver, and all can cause nausea. ...Read more

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Can I take paracetomol while drinking alcohol?

Can I take paracetomol while drinking alcohol?

NO!!!!!!!!!!: The combination of Acetaminophen and alcohol can be extraordinarily dangerous, because alcohol converts the medication into more of the toxic substance which can damage the liver. While normal doses together with "social" drinking will not likely cause harm, even regular doses like 2 500 mg tabs 4 x daily can cause problems with excessive drinking. If you have problems not drinking, get help! ...Read more

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How can I not drinking alcohol in social situations.?

Support: You need to find ways to support yourself. Many people find groups like alcoholics anonymous to be helpful to stay sober in even the most difficult social situations. Understanding yourself and your drinking will help you know how not to drink. Consider therapy for yourself as well. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol have an effect on the gallbladder?

Does drinking alcohol have an effect on the gallbladder?

No effect: Alcohol does not effect the GB. Rather in excess it effects sites it comes in contact with directly or indirectly. Here oral cavity lesions, esophageal lesions and gastriis are not uncommon. There is a secondary effect where patients who are alcoholic can develop severe pancreatitis. ...Read more

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What are the effects on drinking alcohol on anti-depressants?

What are the effects on drinking alcohol on anti-depressants?

Runs against them: Using both alcohol and antidepressants together runs the risk of intoxication and sedation -- more than expected with either alone. Also in the long run, alcohol is a depressant, and disrupts sleep cycle. Your antidepressant will be fighting this, in a sense. Alcohol may give the temporary illusion of improved mood, but repeated binges can also dysregulate -- rather than even out -- your mood. ...Read more

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Hi. Does drinking alcohol while on flouxetin lead to blockout?

Possibly: Depends on dose of fluoxetine and amount of alcohol consumed over what time. A lot of alcohol with higher doses of fluoxetine consumed in a short time certainly could lead to black out (as could just large amounts of alcohol by itself consumed in a short time). ...Read more

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Is taking pain relievers persistently worse then drinking alcohol?

Pain med and alcohol: Persistent use of both -when there is no need -is bad and problematic. ...Read more

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Quit drinking alcohol?

Absolutely!: What's your question? Do you have an alcohol problem? Are you addicted? Do you just want to stop? Please see your doctor for help and guidance for alcohol abuse. Check out aa, as well. ...Read more

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How can you stop drinking alcohol?

Alcohol: Rehab programs & aa meetings, as well as deterrants prescribed by your doctor, such as Antabuse (disulfiram) or campral, and detox if warranted. Glad you seem sincere about quitting since you asked. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol worsen cancer?

Can drinking alcohol worsen cancer?

Etoh and Cancer: Hello, in small amounts none. If you have cancer of the liver secondary to cirrhosis, and you have end stage liver disease than yes it will. If you have cancer from anywhere that has spread to the liver, yes it would. But if you had stage 2 colon cancer the alcohol won't do anything except make the nausea from chemo worse. So answer is no, it depends! OK? But, a glass of wine daily won't... ...Read more

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Shoulder pain when drinking alcohol?

Shoulder pain when drinking alcohol?

How much alcohol?: If you have been getting this symptom for a while, and continue to drink despite having recurrent shoulder pain every time you drink, I am concerned that you have an alcohol problem. Shoulder pain can be referred from the diaphagm and the organs near it - like the liver. If you are getting alcoholic hepatitis - inflammation of the liver from drinking- that is dangerous. Stop drinking, see doctor. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol cause cirrhosis?

Will drinking alcohol cause cirrhosis?

Yes: It use to be leading cause but hepatitis C is currently is the leading cause of cirrhosis in the us. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol constrict pupils?

Does drinking alcohol constrict pupils?

It can: Yes, drinking alcohol can constrict the pupils. Constriction of the pupils is called miosis. Opiate drugs tend to constrict the pupils more than alcohol. ...Read more

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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more