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I'd like to start drinking alcohol for health reasons, but really don't crave it. What to do?

I'd like to start drinking alcohol for health reasons, but really don't crave it. What to do?

Then don't: As we continue to figure out what the true health benefits vs risks alcohol has on the human body, I am not currently recommending to my patients who do not drink, that they start drinking. However, if you already drink 1-2 drinks a day, there seems to be good evidence that it is beneficial. Thus, I do not make them stop. But don't start, especially at 33. Too much time to develop an addiction. ...Read more

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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I hate drinking alcohol but i can't help it. Why is this?

I hate drinking alcohol but i can't help it. Why is this?

This is not a good: Thing. If you believe that you have lost control over your use of alcohol - that is a red flag. It you have tried to cut down on use or to quit unsuccessfully - that is another flag. If your used is negatively impacting your life - pay attention. Alcoholics anonymous is a free, confidential forum to deal with addiction. You could also see an addiction medicine specialist or addiction psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is my liver going to fail if I don't give up drinking alcohol?

Beats me: Did a doctor tell you that it was causing damage? If yes, then if you keep drinking, you will do more damage. We have lots more liver than we need, and it takes many years of heavy drinking to cause liver failure, and not all heavy drinkers get liver damage. Assuming you did have liver abnormalities and you are still drinking, then you clearly need some help. Talk to doctor about treatment. ...Read more

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Aside from driving, what shouldn't you do while drinking alcohol?

A partial list: Some mean no alcohol, some allow for a moderate amount: flying, boating, biking, motorcycling, air traffic controlling, surgery, handling firearems, skilled athletics, medical procedures, taking other medications, performing, working on the job. Anything for which you want full confidence that you are thinking your best and maximizing balance and motor tasks. ...Read more

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Is Lorazepam ok 11 hours AFTER drinking alcohol? I take it as needed. Haven't taken in over a week.

Is Lorazepam ok 11 hours AFTER  drinking alcohol? I take it as needed. Haven't taken in over a week.

Probably: Lorazepam (Ativan) belongs to a class of drugs which can potentiate the effects of alcohol. The answer actually depends on your physical condition, particularly the health of your liver and the amount and duration of your alcohol consumption. ...Read more

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How come drinking a lot of water after drinking alcohol doesn't help it to get out of your system faster?

How come drinking a lot of water after drinking alcohol doesn't help it to get out of your system faster?

Alcohol and water: Drinking waters merely dilutes the alcohol in the stomach. Its the liver that clears the alcohol and this is not dependent on the dilution. ...Read more

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Why can't I get a full night's sleep without drinking alcohol or taking a sedative?

Why can't I get a full night's sleep without drinking alcohol or taking a sedative?

See your doctor: For a work up. It may be related to your use of alcohol and medications, but insomnia can be related to many medical problems. Get it checked out before you self medicate. ...Read more

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I've just been prescribed sertraline. I know drinking alcohol isn't recommended - but can you drink any at all on an occasion?

I've just been prescribed sertraline. I know drinking alcohol isn't recommended - but can you drink any at all on an occasion?

Limit alcohol: Wait a minute, you aren't old enough to drink yet! Hypothetically speaking, it would be ok to have one drink a couple days per week. 'Safe' alcohol amounts for women in general is less than 2 drinks (1 drink=can of beer, glass of wine, or one shot) per day. On any medication, it should be even less than that. ...Read more

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Started exercising with DASH diet but still smoking and drinking alcohol and lots of coffee (tried quitting but can't) BP still slightly high. Meds?

Started exercising with DASH diet but still smoking and drinking alcohol and lots of coffee (tried quitting but can't) BP still slightly high. Meds?

Not certain what you: are asking. If you want to know if medications are indicated then the answer is no provided you can make appropriate life style choices. Perhaps some counseling to help you make these choices would be more beneficial in the long run than medications for your hypertension. I don't recall cigarettes, alcohol and excessive coffee being on the DASH diet. ...Read more

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I've had hiccups a lot lately. Today I had 5 separate episodes of hiccups. Should I be concerned? (I wasn't eating fast, drinking alcohol or pop.)

I've had hiccups a lot lately.  Today I had 5 separate episodes of hiccups.  Should I be concerned? (I wasn't eating fast, drinking alcohol or pop.)

Hiccups: I wouldn't worry about occasional hiccups, but persistent hiccupping can be a significant problem requiring treatment with an old fashioned medication like thorazine (chlorpromazine). Consult a gastroenterologist if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more