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Please tell me how drinking alcohol affects the body?

Please tell me how drinking alcohol affects the body?

Alcohol: Alcohol affects every part of the body, from brain, to liver, heart, kidneys, blood, skin, only to mention a few. ...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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What is the actual cause of the 'hang over' feeling people get after a long night of drinking alcohol? What is happening in the body?

What is the actual cause of the 'hang over' feeling people get after a long night of drinking alcohol? What is happening in the body?

Hangover: Poisoning: Alcohol poisoning. The liver cannot clear all of the toxins and they build up. You get dehydrated so the brain is not working perfectly. It is a form of alcohol poisoning and one should take that as a sign to stop for awhile. ...Read more

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Effects of drinking alcohol on the body fat?

Effects of drinking alcohol on the body fat?

Empty calories : Alcohol, which is basically sugar, gets converted to fat when not burned by the body for the activities of daily living. It is "empty" calories since sugar has no nutritive value. We all need a balanced diet and adequate vitamins to maintain optimum health. ...Read more

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What are the effects of drinking alcohol on the body?

What are the effects of drinking alcohol on the body?

Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots , stone formation , diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings. ...Read more

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What acid is removed from the body after drinking alcohol?

What acid is removed from the body after drinking alcohol?

Don't understand ?: Alcohol is metabolized into acetaldehyde and then into acetic acid, which is then used by the body, in the Krebs cycle, to produce energy. There is no "acid" that accumulates and needs to be removed. In patients who drink extremely large amounts of alcohol, other byproducts, such as acetone and dihydroxybutyric acid DO cause alcoholic ketoacidosis, which resolves with thiamine and fluids. ...Read more

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I stopped drinking alcohol 4 months ago and now my body is going through some dramatic changes. Is that normal?

I stopped drinking alcohol 4 months ago and now my body is going through some dramatic changes. Is that normal?

After alcohol...: Yes, absolutely after quitting drinking you might experience many changes as a result of prolonged drinking. Physical and psychological after drinking and quitting can result as the new adjustment of your body and mind ensues. If you are not under medical care it is time to do so as well as mental health close follow up. ...Read more

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Recently stopped drinking alcohol after years of moderate use,no health issues, but how long for body to truly recover be healthy after years of it?

Recently stopped drinking alcohol after years of moderate use,no health issues, but how long for body to truly recover be healthy after years of it?

It depends: Occasionally there is irreversible damage to organs as a result of chronic alcohol use. We generally consider the brain to be pretty well back to baseline after 6 months or so and after being abstinent for 12 months one is formally into remission. If not scarred the liver will get back to normal I suspect within a month or so. Talk to a physician about the details of your exam and hx. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol excessively and not being hydrated and not eating great affect the body negatively- even if the general blood panels look normal?

Can drinking alcohol excessively and not being hydrated and not eating great affect the body negatively- even if the general blood panels look normal?

Yes: Drinking alcohol excessively indeed affects the body negatively, regardless of what else is going on in one's world. Therefore, it is of the greatest importance to stop drinking alcohol excessively. Drink water instead. ...Read more