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Does Drinking Alcohol Affect Your Kidneys
Depends on which: antibiotic. There are many drug interactions with alcohol, since it enhances the liver enzymes that metabolize not only alcohol (one of the factors leading to tolerance) but many other drugs, including ciprofloxacin and similar antibiotics. Moreover, alcohol decreases activity of both kinds of white blood cells - those producing antibodies and those that eat up (phagocytize) bacteria/viruses. ...Read more
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
Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure to unhealthy levels: Having more than three drinks in one sitting temporarily increases your blood pressure, but repeated binge drinking can lead to long-term increases. Heavy drinkers who cut back to moderate drinking can lower their systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) by 2 to 4 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and their diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number in a blood pressure reading) by 1 to 2 mm Hg. Heavy drinkers who want to lower blood pressure should slowly reduce how much they drink over one to two weeks. Heavy drinkers who stop suddenly risk developing severe high blood pressure for several days. If you have high blood pressure, avoid alcohol or drink alcohol only in moderation. Moderate drinking is generally considered to be: Two drinks a day for men younger than age 65, One drink a day for men age 65 and older, One drink a day for women of any age. A drink is 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine or 1. 5 ounces (44 milliliters) of 80-proof distilled spirits. Keep in mind that alcohol contains calories and may contribute to unwanted weight gain — a risk factor for high blood pressure. Also, alcohol can interfere with the effectiveness and increase the side effects of some blood pressure medications. ...Read more
Slows breathing: Alcohol is a brain depressant - it causes a part of the brain called the medulla to slow heart rate and depress breathing. In severe alcohol poisoning people can literally stop breathing. Alcohol however has not direct toxicity to the lungs themselves. Always drink in moderation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, not generally: If you are on fenofibrate, it means your triglycerides are high, and alcohol can raise these free fats very high and is dangerous for you. You are also on medication for bipolar disorder, and alcohol is dangerous for that as well, worsening the disorder and also interfering with the medications you are taking. Talk to your doctor about it. Low dose alcohol (1 drink/day) can raise good cholesterol. ...Read more
Yes: Tobacco causes vascular, blood vessel, disease all over body i.e. Heart, brain, legs, and kidneys, etc. Excess alcohol hurts the overall circulatory system and liver, both affect kidneys. You get heart & liver failure from heavy use. While moderation in alcohol does not have well documented risk it does not have any benefits for heart or others.How to define moderation? Better quit both. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Alcohol does effect brain structure, function, neuro cognition in adolescent. Studies have found that adolescent heavy drinkers exhibit decrements in memory , attention and speeded information processing , and executive functioning. Heavy alcohol use in adolescence has an adverse influence on the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex volume. Heaps studies available how alcohol impact adult brain. ...Read more
How much: Sea water has lots of salts, and the kinds of salt and the amount depend on the location. A little won't hurt if heart and kidneys are normal. The more you take in the more the heart has to work to pump blood to the kidneys to get rrd of the salt. Extremely high salt levels in the blood can be deadly. ...Read more
Sea water: If it is salt water it is hypertonic and if you drink enough of it your sodium level will increase. Subsequent side effects depend on the level of hypernatremia, but first increased thirst, muscle cramping, and if only consuming salty sea water dehydration ensues with resulting (temporarily reversible) kidney injury. Then confusion, seizure, brain bleeding and ultimately death. ...Read more
There have been: reports of alcohol triggering asthma attacks. The major offenders were wines, especially red wines...it is theorized that the sulfite preservatives in wine or histamines from bacteria/yeast produced when alcohol ferments may be the culprits. So it seems to be the type of alcohol drunk more than the amount. However, perhaps only 1/3 of asthmatics reports any adverse effects from drinking alcohol. ...Read more
unpredictable: Acute alcohol use can either increase or decrease the inr in a given individual. Chronic alcohol use with liver damage interferes with the production of clotting factors and will cause a more profound rise of inr with a given dose of warfarin/coumadin or, with cirrhosis, raise the inr on no anticoagulant at all. ...Read more
Makes it worse: Alcohol increases the level of uric acid, which is the chemical responsible for gout in predisposed individuals. In some people, gout only occurs when they are drinking. The byproducts of alcohol are excreted preferentially to the byproducts of uric acid, raising their levels, in some people raising them markedly. People with gout should not use alcohol, or drink very sparingly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hyperaldosteronism: As long as you eat a balanced diet, it will have no effect. If you drink all of your calories in beer and do not eat, your potassium level will fall since the calories in the beer require potassium to be utilized. It doesn't matter what the alcohol is. If you eat properly, the potassium will remain normal. Need to make sure a low potassium in you with hypertension isn't hyperaldosteronism. ...Read more
The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more
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