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Can drinking too much alcohol shrink the brain?

Can drinking too much alcohol shrink the brain?

Yes: Chronic alcohol abuse can cause atrophy or shrinage of the brain. Imaging studies such as ct scan of the brain can show enlargment of the ventricles and sulci which are "empty" fluid filled areas of the brain and correspond with shrinkage of healthy brain tissue. Animal studies of rodents exposed to chronic alcohol show loss of neurons or brain cells in parts of the brain. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol lead to depression?

Can drinking too much alcohol lead to depression?

Works both ways: Drinking can lead to depressive symptoms depressive symptoms can lead to drinking. In either case help is available and people with depression and/or drinking problems should get help. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much water or other liquids cause ones kidneys to shut down?

Can drinking too much water or other liquids cause ones kidneys to shut down?

Kidneys: Drinking water should not cause your kidneys to shut down. Stay well hydrated is actually beneficial to the kidney function. Not getting enough fluids can hurt the kidneys. Certain other beverages have been show to have some impact on kidney function. Diet sodas have been linked to a higher risk of kidney issues in one study. Too much alcohol can be a problem too. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol lead to diabetes?

Can drinking too much alcohol lead to diabetes?

Yes, sometimes: In very heavy drinkers, damage to the pancreas can occur (pancreatitis), which if it occurs many times can damage the ability of the pancreas to make both Insulin and digestive enzymes. The lack of Insulin can lead to a form of diabetes resembling juvenile or type 1 diabetes. In diabetics, alcohol worsens control in a number of ways, and is also a high calorie "food" - twice the calories of sugar. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much water hurt the lungs?

Can drinking too much water hurt the lungs?

Water: No, excessive water drinking( gallons) can cause electrolyte disturbance in the body. ...Read more

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Can you damage your body by drinking too much water too quickly?

Can you damage your body by drinking too much water too quickly?

Sometimes: If you drink too much water in a short period of time such as a gallon in a 1 to 2 hour period this can cause hyponatremia which can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it possible for drinking too much to kill brain cells and cause brain damage?

Is it possible for drinking too much to kill brain cells and cause brain damage?

Yes: Excessive alcohol consumption clearly leads to brain cell injury and , over time, can lead to a type of brain damage called encephalopathy. It can also lead to seizures ("rum fits"). This kind of drinking causes damage to other parts of the body as well. Primarily, the liver and kidneys. It can cause anemia and depress the immune system. Brain injury occuring while drinking leads to a worse outcom ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol in a setting triggers hypertension?

Can drinking too much alcohol in a setting triggers hypertension?

It will not: cause long term high blood pressure. If you binge drink. The stress may cause you blood pressure to rise short term. But drinking steady over a long period of time can also be harmful ...Read more

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Can too much alcohol cause depressed reflexes?

Yes!: Research have shown that acute alcohol intoxication results in diminished cognitive and psychomotor abilities. More importantly, this results in an increased number of alcohol-related accidents and deaths due to impaired performance of motor tasks such as tracking, and reaction time. Additionally, alcohol use tends to inhibit responses in go/no-go tasks, thereby complicating easier tasks. ...Read more

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What is damage to the liver apart from drinking too much alcohol?

What is damage to the liver apart from drinking too much alcohol?

Many things: Liver toxic drugs, viral or bacterial infections, liver or other cancers, blockages of the bile ducts, autoimmune diseases, heart/lung failure, and others. ...Read more

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Does too much caffeine in the diet daily cause pancreatitis?

Does too much caffeine in the diet daily cause pancreatitis?

Best to avoid: Pancreatitis is an inflammation of a gland near your stomach that produces enzymes. The most common triggers are from stoppage of gallbladder, alcohol intake or medications. Many times we cannot determine the trigger. While I have not seen an initial bout i linked to caffeine, its use may further inflame the pancreas or cause you to loose fluids you need to heal. Would be best to avoid. ...Read more

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Could drinking too much one night affect how much i can drink in the future?

Could drinking too much one night affect how much i can drink in the future?

Maybe: It could, some may drink too much on a given night and realize it caused problems, made them feel ill or caused behavior they regredted etc and not repeat that kind of drinking again. However if you find you tend to drink more, maybe you can drink more than those around you, and with time need more alcohol to acheive the same effect this could be a sign of an alcohol problem. ...Read more

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How is brain affected when a person passes out from drinking too much alcohol?

Loss of brain cells: Using too much alcohol can kill brain cells. If you pass out you have definitely had to much and it is time to cut back or stop completely ...Read more

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How can too much sugar affect the heart?

How can  too much sugar affect the heart?

Sugar: Heart Disease: Excessive and rapid intake of sugar, as occurs when drinking sugared drinks, causes Insulin spikes which cause the lining of blood vessels to form plaques (blockages) that cause the organ to malfunction eg heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, leg pain &nerve damage. Low glygemic index foods release sugar slower, so the blocking effect is limited. ...Read more

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Does too much consistent bendaryl consumption lead to side effects or even brain damage?

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Does too much consistent bendaryl consumption lead to side effects or even brain damage?

Not brain damage: Benadryl, or diphenhydramine, is a commonly used drug to treat allergies and to assist in sleep. The side effects are well known and include: sedation, dizziness, disturbed coordination, epigastric distress, and thickening of bronchial secretions. Nervous system side effects uncommonly include confusion and dystonic reactions such as torticollis - very rare cases of severe neurologic side effects. ...Read more

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Help please? How much alcohol can the liver process?

Help please? How much alcohol can the liver process?

Depends.: This depends on many factors, including prior drinking history, genetic predisposition, and other medical illnesses. Regardless, Current recommendations say that anything more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men is probably not healthy on a routine basis. Moderation is key. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can too much wine damage your stomach lining?

Can too much wine damage your stomach lining?

Yes : And not only stomache lining , so don't do t his to u self. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol shrink the brain?

Yes: Chronic alcohol abuse can cause atrophy or shrinage of the brain. Imaging studies such as ct scan of the brain can show enlargment of the ventricles and sulci which are "empty" fluid filled areas of the brain and correspond with shrinkage of healthy brain tissue. Animal studies of rodents exposed to chronic alcohol show loss of neurons or brain cells in parts of the brain. ...Read more

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How is brain affected when a person passes out from drinking too much alcohol?

Loss of brain cells: Using too much alcohol can kill brain cells. If you pass out you have definitely had to much and it is time to cut back or stop completely ...Read more

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Why does drinking too much alcohol make us puke?

Why does drinking too much alcohol make us puke?

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

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Why does drinking too much alcohol cause skin breakouts?

Why does drinking too much alcohol cause skin breakouts?

Vitamin deficiencies: I presume that part of it is related to the fact that drinkers absorb fewer b vitamins, specifically folate (folic acid). ...Read more

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Could going to church help me stop drinking too much alcohol ?

Could going to church help me stop drinking too much alcohol ?

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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Can drinking too much alcohol in a setting triggers hypertension?

It will not: cause long term high blood pressure. If you binge drink. The stress may cause you blood pressure to rise short term. But drinking steady over a long period of time can also be harmful ...Read more

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What is damage to the liver apart from drinking too much alcohol?

Many things: Liver toxic drugs, viral or bacterial infections, liver or other cancers, blockages of the bile ducts, autoimmune diseases, heart/lung failure, and others. ...Read more

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I suffer from anxiety after drinking too much alcohol. what is the cause of this and what can help?

I suffer from anxiety after drinking too much alcohol. what is the cause of this and what can help?

Alcohol use: The trigger for your symptoms is too much alcohol. The cause may be related to hangover, blood sugar issues, or lack of nutrition or sleep. Please address the cause by getting help to stop overuse of alcohol. It can destroy your life and your health. Your family doc is a good place to start. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol destroy villous epithelial cells?

Can drinking too much alcohol destroy villous epithelial cells?

Intestinal Damage: I don't think so but it can damage them and interfere with functioning. I would be much more concerned about the lining of the mouth, esophagus and stomach especially with chronic alcoholism. ...Read more

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What exactly happens to your body when you "black out" from drinking too much alcohol?

What exactly happens to your body when you "black out" from drinking too much alcohol?

No memories: A "blackout" refers to a period of time when someone is drunk and alcohol prevents the brain from storing long term memories. The person is conscious and alert but can't later recall what happened. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol lead to depression?

Works both ways: Drinking can lead to depressive symptoms depressive symptoms can lead to drinking. In either case help is available and people with depression and/or drinking problems should get help. ...Read more

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Does drinking too much alcohol lower your sperm count?

Does drinking too much alcohol lower your sperm count?

Yes, it can: Heavy drinking can ultimately reduce testosterone levels, which in turn may reduce not only sperm counts, but increase the number of abnormal sperm, and affect sperm motility, which may prevent sperm from reaching the egg. Lowered testosterone may also reduce sexual desire and potency, decreasing the ability to have successful intercourse and ejaculate. ...Read more

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My daughter is drinking too much alcohol, she forgets discussions , shouts at her univ age daughter , is hard work and stress the underlying problem?

Stress: It is possible that her work is a factor but alcohol in and of itself can cause major difficulties and changes in personality. Encourage her to see a mental health professional for an evaluation. Best. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol delay a period?

Can drinking too much alcohol delay a period?

I am not familiar: With alcohol delaying periods. However, illnesses due to excessive alcohol use could delay a period. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol cause nose bleed?

Possibly: You may be inducing vitamin b1 deficiency that makes the nasal capillaries fragile. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol cause you to have late period?

I have not heard of: This as a reason for a delayed period. However, if you are a consistent heavy drinker with alcohol related illness that would be another matter. ...Read more

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What is best to do and what should I eat, after vomiting black after drinking too much alcohol and smoked weed?

What is best to do and what should I eat, after vomiting black after drinking too much alcohol and smoked weed?

Vomiting black: The best thing to do now after drinking too much, smoking weed, and then "vomiting black, " is to be seen by your physician. You could be bleeding from your stomach -- the black could be old blood. You may also need to be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. Please do not drink any more alcohol or smoke any more weed before getting yourself checked out medically. ...Read more

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Is getting red and blotchy on face from drinking too much alcohol or allergic reaction?

Is getting red and blotchy on face from drinking too much alcohol or allergic reaction?

No, it's not allergy: alcohol can cause flushing with red facies in many people, particularly those of Asian extraction. Alcohol is metabolized into acetaldehyde, which is very toxic and causes blood vessels to dilate, causing red skin, headache, dizziness and even fainting. It is usually only present for less than a second, but in some people it accumulates and causes red or blotchy skin. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol put a strain on your heart?

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 more

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