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Can Drinking Too Much Alcohol Put A Strain On Your Heart
Yes: Some people can develop an enlarged heart from too much alcohol called alcoholic cardiomyopathy. The heart does not function well at pumping the blood through the body, people can get fluid accumulation in the lungs, legs and abdomen. Excessive alcohol also causes increased blood pressure and pulse which is also a strain on the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots , stone formation , diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings. ...Read more
Does drinking too much fluid/ water put strain on kidneys, making them work harder? In general what to do keep kidneys healthy?
Not usually.: A normal healthy person without any underlying kidney disease does a pretty good job of balancing all the water and electrolytes going through the body. Uncommonly, a long distance runner can drink too much water to the point of dangerously low sodium. Eating well and exercising - anything to help prevent diabetes and high blood pressure - will help keep the kidneys healthy! ...Read more
Too Much Alcohol?: Not everyone has this response, but alcohol can significantly irritate the lining of the stomach...Thus making it easier to have an upset stomach and to lead to nausea, vomiting, and ulcers. Also adding to this potential is that drinking heavily for your body type and experience can lead to alcohol poisoning and thus your body wants to expel anything toxic. ...Read more
Not just going....: People find their way out of chemical dependency in many ways, including increasing their spiritual/religious observances. However, the mere act of "going" is not likely to have a major effect. People drink/drug because they are in some kind of pain, usually old trauma, and untreated underlying emotional/psychological issues. Church can be helpful, but mental health workers also help - use both! ...Read more
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