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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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Hi. What could cause severe chest pain radiating to shoulders, following little alcohol consumption? (non-smoker, non-drinker… no phx.) thx.

Hi. What could cause severe chest pain radiating to shoulders, following little alcohol consumption? (non-smoker, non-drinker… no phx.) thx.

Chest pains: Pain in your chest is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your pcp is warranted. Rec.: see your pcp for further investigation. Take care. ...Read more

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I have chest pains and pain in my left arm and back till I drink alcohol.... Why does the drinking make me feel normal? I also feel light headed

I have chest pains and pain in my left arm and back till I drink alcohol.... Why does the drinking make me feel normal? I also feel light headed

You need evaluation: I have no idea what the pain is, or why drinking alcohol makes it better, but you need to talk to your doctor. Hypertension in a 22 year old man is distinctly abnormal, and if your doctor has not tested you for more unusual causes of hypertension (coarctation of the aorta, primary hyperaldosteronism, renal artery stenosis and others), you should be tested for these. Talk to him about drinking also. ...Read more

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I've noticed that usually when I have a chest pain, drinking alcohol relievse it till next morning, next morning I feel squeezing chest pain. Why?

I've noticed that usually when I have a chest pain, drinking alcohol relievse it till next morning, next morning I feel squeezing chest pain. Why?

Panic attack: You are self medicating panic attacks with alcohol. Alcohol helps as a tranquilizer but is a terrible drug to treat these problems since it depletes serotonin (making you depressed over time) and is too short acting so you feel worse when it wears off. See a psychiatrist who can advise on proper rx of panic disorder. ...Read more

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Left sided chest pain hurts to press on, quite localized but worse when drinking alcohol? Could it still be cardiac? Have had normal ECG and echo.

Left sided chest pain hurts to press on, quite localized but worse when drinking alcohol? Could it still be cardiac? Have had normal ECG and echo.

Probably gastritis.: If alcohol makes it worse it's probably GI and not cardiac. Try taking some Pepcid (famotidine) 20mg twice a day for about 6 weeks, and lay off the booze for a while. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing tight chest pain after taking a lot of extacy and drinking alcohol for a whole 24 hours. I vomited bile and since then have tight pain when I breathe deep, also when I drink or eat anything.

I have been experiencing tight chest pain after taking a lot of extacy and drinking alcohol for a whole 24 hours. I vomited bile and since then have tight pain when I breathe deep, also when I drink or eat anything.

Not ecstatic: There are several possibilities for your symptoms. Best course is to go get checked out to be sure the serious ones aren't causing them. Needless to say you need to avoid doing dangerous practices like you report. Your actions were not likely to result in good outcomes. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor! For the past 13 months that I was diagnosed of fatty liver, I still experience pains in my right chest. I hv quit drinking alcohol at same time and also exercising plus healthy feeding. The last time I carried out a Liver function was test was l

Hello Doctor! For the past 13 months that I was diagnosed of fatty liver, I still experience pains in my right chest. I hv quit drinking alcohol at same time and also exercising plus healthy feeding. The last time I carried out a Liver function was test was l

Congratulations!: Stay sober, it will make a big difference - feel proud! Also, continue to have appropriate checkups and ask about the results, advice, expectations, etc. Depending on the level of prior damage, you may always need to be careful or you may be nearly fine. Find out. I hope you can enjoy a good life! ...Read more

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What causes my chest to turn red and hot after drinking alcohol?

What causes my chest to turn red and hot after drinking alcohol?

Vasodilatation: Alcohol is a vasodilator. Certain races have poor ability to metabolise alcohol and can get facial flushing too. ...Read more

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Why am I having tight chest after drinking alcohol?

Why am I having tight chest after drinking alcohol?

This is serious.: Symptoms of alcohol intolerance may include: headache, flushing, hives, nasal congestion, GI upset, nausea/vomiting ; low blood pressure.
You could be allergic to alcohol or it's ingredients such as yeast, grains, sulfites, histamines ; other chemicals. ...Read more

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Is having chest and arm pain while drinking alcohol normal?

Duh... No: Alcohol can raise blood pressure. High BP can stress your heart. The most common reason for a 22 yo to have a BP problem is fibromuscular dysplasia. Next is a pheo or thyroid disease. Alcohol can cause problems with both. It is also a diuretic.....Usually this is not a problem in a young person. Something is up though...... See a doctor. ...Read more

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What causes occasional tightness in chest, neck and jaw after drinking alcohol?

Always think the: Worst case scenario. The signs and symptoms you described come from heart condition until proven otherwise. You need to see your doc and get the necessary test to rule our any cardiac condition. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pancreas concerns, luq pain front to back unchanged for 1.5 yr now, worse with alcohol, labs, chest xray, u/s normal. Yellow stool when drinking alcohol along with pain. No history of acute panc. Thoughts?

Pancreas concerns, luq pain front to back unchanged for 1.5 yr now, worse with alcohol, labs, chest xray, u/s normal. Yellow stool when drinking alcohol along with pain. No history of acute panc. Thoughts?

Sounds like you: Might have some sort of pancreatic insufficiency. There are some stool studies that can confirm or exclude this possibility. If present, you can take enzyme pills. Consult a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Sick stomach and tight pain across chest especially after drinking alcohol. Get sick also but don't drink often large amounts?

Listen to your body: It's hard to tell exactly what's causing your pain and stomach sickness. Sometimes there are additives in liquor that can cause reactions like nausea. Sometimes people lack an enzyme that breaks alcohol down, and this can cause sick feelings. The easy answer is to avoid the kinds of alcohol that make you feel this way. If all alcohol does this, it's best not to drink. I hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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Do you get boobs from drinking alcohol?

Do you get boobs from drinking alcohol?

No: No...Unfortunately not. Some people report "bloating" but it is usually in their tummies :). ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol effect your breast milk? Smoking as well

Does drinking alcohol effect your breast milk? Smoking as well

Yes for both: Start with smoking; an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, add 2-3x incerase in bronchitis& ear infections & other respiratory issues. Add decreased growth & exposure to nicotine in the milk alcohol decreases milk production & passes in small amounts to baby. Even small amounts are potentially toxic to babies growing brain. At least you are breast feeding, that's good. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol have any effect on someone who has a collapsed lung?

Can drinking alcohol have any effect on someone who has a collapsed lung?

Yes: Like other effects on folks.
If taking other meds may have combined effects.
Pneumothorax collapsed lung needs treatment or observation - usually away from the bar? ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol increase the risk of breast cancer?

Can drinking alcohol increase the risk of breast cancer?

Yes: Studies show that women who drink more than 4 drinks per week are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. This may be because alcohol can limit the liver's ability to break down estrogen, causing elevated estrogen levels. ...Read more

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M/35, long history psyc meds mdd. Binge drinker, . ..S/s tingling chest pain w/ stomached pain... No alcohol or coffee in two months?

M/35, long history psyc meds mdd. Binge drinker, . ..S/s tingling chest pain w/ stomached pain... No alcohol or coffee in two months?

Check w/your doctor: There can be all kinds of reasons for your symptoms, and the best idea would be to check in with your primary care physician about them. ...Read more

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How is smoking and drinking alcohol related to breast cancer?

How is smoking and drinking alcohol related to breast cancer?

Decreased health: The heavy use of smoking and/or alcohol has a deleterious effect on your overall health. It can weaken the immune system, in particular, and that alone makes one more susceptible to cancers of all types. In addition, if circulation is impaired, your immune system cannot send the killer antibodies it needs to kill the tumor cells. ...Read more

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I've noticed today my veins in my breast are so visible and blue! Am I ok. I've been working out, stopped drinking alcohol and taking a new supplement?

I've noticed today my veins in my breast are so visible and blue! Am I ok. I've been working out, stopped drinking alcohol and taking a new supplement?

Likely normal: If you have fair skin, your veins are more noticeable- easily to be seen. Person with darker skin, will be more difficult to see the vein. Nothing to worry. But if you still worry- go to see your doctor and have yourself checked. ...Read more

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Why do I have chest pains after drinking red bull and do I need to go to the er?

Red bull: Stop the red bull. Many things could be causing the chest pain and it needs to be evaluated by a doctor but you have made a diagnosis. Stop the inciting problem. ...Read more

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I am 22 years old & this has never happened to me, every time I drink vodka I get severe chest pains to the point that I can breathe or at times move?

I am 22 years old & this has never happened to me, every time I drink vodka I get severe chest pains to the point that I can breathe or at times move?

Allergic?: Not sure how much vodka you need to drink in order for this to happen to you, or if it ever happens with any other alcoholic beverage, but maybe you should try just NOTdrinking vodka? People frequently say they have types of alcohol that "just don't agree with them." I cannot explain the mechanism to you in 400 words or less here, and you can't read it if you keep pushing it and die! Be well :) ...Read more

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I was streching after drinking water and now im having chest pains what could it be?

Rib sublux?: The drinking water should not have anything to do with the pain, unless you had reflux but this would have been a temporary discomfort. Assuming the pain is continuing you may have slightly dispaced a rib and/or developed inflammation at your rib/sternum joint. Consider seeing a medical doctor or chiropractor for this. ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more