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Can occasional binge drinking lead to alcoholism?

Can occasional binge drinking lead to alcoholism?

Possibly: Traditional alcoholics drink every day or risk going into withdrawal. Binge drinking over time can easily develop into daily drinking, however. The destructive effects of binge drinking are substantial and include health problems, potential legal problems, and relationship problems. Binge drinkers need to ask themselves why they overindulge and try to find strategies to quit. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Tosca
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Binge Drinking (Definition)

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How harmful for your health is occasional smoking and binge drinking?

How harmful for your health is occasional smoking and binge drinking?

Not good: Depends on how occasional and how severe the smoking and drinking are. If you are drinking alcohol to the point of blacking out or losing motor control, this is dangerous. Smoking has clear adverse effects on the heart, lungs and other organs. ...Read more

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What is the long term damage that can be caused by infrequent binge drinking?

Memory loss: The most serious medical consequences which can occur as a result of binge drinking are neurological. One can have potentially fatal seizures during the withdrawal phase. If one is not adequately nourished, the areas of the brain involved in memory formation may be damaged permanently (wernicke korsakoff syndrome). Of course there are social consequences, like relationship or legal problems, too! ...Read more

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How can binge drinking affect happiness?

Depression: Alcoholism is known to cause depression and anxiety among other problems. Not much good to say about alcoholism in any form. Increases risk for high-blood pressure, certain cancers, sleep apnea, heart disease, etc. You need to get help. Reach out to someone. http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone is binge drinking?

Alcoholism: Binge drinking is often one of the most difficult forms of alcohol abuse to treat. The person often doesn't crave alcohol in between episodes and there can be weeks in between but their weakness is that once they start drinking they cannot stop until he either black out or pass out in many cases. The risks are significant. Alcohol poisoning, car accidents, physical fights other activities that are not remembered the next day have landed many people in jail, some for life as a result of binge drinking.Fortunately, for those who cannot control it, there are treatment options. Medicinal treatment options include campral, daily naltrexone, and monthly injections called vivitrol.Alcohol counseling and psychotherapy and treatment of any accompanying psychiatric condition should also be undertaken.Any physical diseases occurring at the same time should also be addressed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can psychology be used to treat binge drinking?

Can psychology be used to treat binge drinking?

Yes: Different types of psychological therapy can indeed be used to help binge drinking symptoms decrease. Also, 12 step programs if run effectively, in addition to therapy can be very helpful. ...Read more

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What are some harmful effects of binge drinking coffee?

Depends: On what you think is a binge. Some people drink 20 cups of coffee a day without any apparent problems. Others have one cup of coffee and have a tremor and can't sleep that night. Most people who drink coffee consume 2-3 cups per day, and rarely drink it after mid-afternoon. This rarely causes problems. In sensitive people, it can elevate blood pressure &pulse, cause insomnia and anxiety & headache. ...Read more

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Is binge drinking the same as addiction?

Is binge drinking the same as addiction?

No: Binge drinking is when you drink in 2 hours: 5 or more drinks for men, 4+ for women. Most who binge are not addicted to alcohol. Binge has its own set of dangers that are different than what we would worry for a chronic alcoholic patient. Binge drinking can contribute to sexual assault, accidents, lung injury or death by aspiration of vomit, or coma (alcohol poisoning). ...Read more

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What are the dangers of binge drinking while taking cyproterone acetate?

Less effective: Any alcohol consumption is not recommended since it is believed that the drug effectiveness will be lowered and your life depends on optimal benefits. Binge drinking is never a healthy thing so there's not much more to say about that. It will not mix in a toxic way or raise risk of fatal alcohol blood levels - just lessen medicine's benefits. It's understandable that you might feel like it, but... ...Read more

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Would college binge drinking be enough to cause fatty liver?

Would college binge drinking be enough to cause fatty liver?

Binge drinking: Liver disease caused by alcohol depends on several factors, such as quantity of alcohol, medications that you are taking, hydration level, obesity, diabetes, metabolic diseases, or prior infections of the liver such as hepatitis or mono. Binge drinking in a young person for a few years in college may not cause fatty liver, but it depends on the frequency and amount of your binging. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the dangers of binge drinking while on cyproterone acetate?

Am referring your: Question to the endocrinology folks. This drug is not used in the United States, and it's major use would be for either prostate cancer or certain endocrine disorders. In either case, drinking of any kind, let alone binge drinking, is not in the best interests of anyone's health, let alone yours. Binge drinking contributes to accidental deaths, sexual trauma, unwanted pregnancy, other tragedies. ...Read more

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My boyfriend got hit in the head with a baseball bat in 2003 . Can a head injury cause binge drinking.

Yes : Head injuries can lead to changes in personality that may manifest as substance abuse. Unfortunately after 10 years is unlikely that any issues surrounding his head injury will change. I suggest you discuss this with him and possibly see a counselor. ...Read more

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I had a couple nights binge drinking and now my kidneys hurt, my mum says they'll stop hurting soon, I've been drinking water too, how soon?

I had a couple nights binge drinking and now my kidneys hurt, my mum says they'll stop hurting soon, I've been drinking water too, how soon?

Muscle damage: It is unlikely that you feel the kidneys or the pain is in your kidneys. It is more likely to be due to damage to the muscles of the back. If you drink again, you are likely to suffer the same symptoms again, may be worse. Alcohol is a poison and it never did any body any good ever. So stay away from it. Keep drinking enough water so that your urine is mostly colorless. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Hi after being diagnosed w accute pancreatitis it was caused from binge drinking, can I ever have a sip of beer again? Is wine better?Or a cigar ?

Hi after being diagnosed w accute pancreatitis it was caused from binge drinking, can I ever have a sip of beer again? Is wine better?Or a cigar ?

No alcohol: I would avoid anything that can damage your body. Obviously alcohol is very toxic to your pancreas and must be avoided at all costs. Smoking carries its own risks. I would recommend an aa group where smoking is not allowed and individual therapy to deal with better coping mechanisms. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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