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Does Alcohol Affect The Brain Centers Equally
Many ways: Classic is cerbellar atrophy affecting coordination and balance. Also, may see general atrophy with multiple cognitive issues. Wernicke-korsakoff can cause short-term memory loss, and behavioural changes. Epilepsy can also develop. The valium issues are rather milder, but habituation, sedation, seizures upon stopping may be seen. ...Read more
Relative: That is a relative question. You can damage the brain with just one big binge. ...Read more
Alcohol: Amount & duration of drinking.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends on extent: Studies show that teenage consumption of alcohol and drugs on the developing brain can permanently alter its development. If it was a small amount, it will likely be OK. It is a good idea to have open discussions with teens about the dangers of drugs and alcohol - and to create a policy where you will pick them up if they are even in a situation where drugs and alcohol are present. ...Read more
You need to stop: Use. Consider working with an addiction medicine specialist if you are having difficulty stopping. Have you had a neurological workup to determine what damage has been done. Evaluation is done before a treatment plan is established. Take care. ...Read more
What part of the brain reacts to alcohol? I no longer feel the effects of alcohol. What could be wrong?
Tolerance: Alcohol permeates the entire brain. It is not a good idea to be drinking alcohol on top of clonazepam. Your brain has developed tolerance to alcohol which means you are getting close to alcohol addiction if not already there. I would recommend that you consult with your physician to get off the alcohol safely. ...Read more
What happens if alcohol kills brain cells, but we only use 10% of our brains is it really that bad for you?
I know that there are chemicals that affect our brain in choclate and alcohol. are there in other food and drinks? and what effects do they have?
Foods are chemicals: many foods contains chemicals that influence brain activity, like coffee ...Read more
Depends on you: If you are indeed an alcoholic, and have an associated nutritional deficiency, you could acquire wernicke-korsakoff syndrome with incoordination, gait imbalance, visual problems, confusion, and memory loss. Not unique if alcohol abuse to eventually develop brain atrophy and dementia. However, all is secondary to abuse, as moderation does not result in the above. ...Read more
Acute and chronic:
Acute: impair psychomotor abilities
chronic: may damage or kill brain cells. ...Read more
Yes: With acute intoxication the brain chemistry is altered, alcohol withdrawal, brain chemistry is altered and if dependence to alcohol develops, brain chemistry is altered. Any drug including alcohol has a direct effect on the brain, its neurotransmitters, it may cause some neurotrasmitter levels to go up and some to go down. The brain "tries" to adapt to what you do to it, but their are consequences. ...Read more
Steroids: I don't believe there is anything like neurosteroids. Please be specific. ...Read more
No: Fetal ethanol exposure has been shown to decrease both cellular and behavioral responsiveness to neurosteroids, . ...Read more
I am going to speak very frankly. You have a disease, known as addiction or alcoholism. Alcohol can lie to our brains and we think it is making us happier or more fun. But, in reality alcohol is a depressant. It interrupts rem sleep and can lead to increasing despair, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
You need to get sober and to stay sober for at least a month to see how your brain works. ...Read more
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
Yes: The effects of alcohol, like most drugs, are dose dependent. A sip of wine is unlikely to hurt anyone, but getting rip-roaring drunk can cause damage. That said, when a person is younger their brain is still developing, sometimes into their twenties. It stands to reason that a brain that is still developing will be more affected than an adult brain. All the more reason for kids to avoid alcohol. ...Read more
Brain Function: Some studies have shown that years of abstaining from Alcohol and Drugs can allow brain regions to return to their original volume and can repair neural connections across different regions. Much of this restoration occurs in the system most adversely affected by chronic drug/etoh use—the frontocerebellar circuitry, which regulates decision making, reasoning and problem solving.It is NEVER TOO Late to stop. BEST WISHES. ...Read more
Not really: You mean, "Does your brain have that cute little red nose and rosy cheeks" appearance? Although some degree of vasodilation can occur in cerebral vessels...the majority of cerebrovascular dilation or constrictions controlled by the nervous system itself and will not respond to normal levels of alcohol. That is because BP within the confines of the brain are EXTREMELY tightly controlled. ...Read more
Depressant: Alcohol increases effects of an inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA which sedates, causes the sluggishness. Also, it inhibits the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, also depresses brain. Result is a physiological slowdown. It is also thought to impact Dopamine which causes the pleasant feelings, which might stimulate more drinking. More than this, but this is the brief response. ...Read more
Being 18, three times I drank alcohol (vodka - around 5-6 shots) while taking such medicines like: Setalfot & Alpragen. Could it damage my brain?
can damage brain/liver/life even w/out mixing it w/medication. It raises the probability of harm w/medication. Please do not take alcohol w/medication and drink moderately if you drink. Peace and good health. See the work of Daniel Amen, MD. Here's a link.
http://www.amenclinics.com/healthy-vs-unhealthy/alcohol-drug-abuse/ ...Read more
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