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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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Does drinking alcohol shrink brain volume?

Does drinking alcohol shrink brain volume?

It appears so: Studies suggest that moderate to heavy alcohol use is associated with a decrease in brain volume and the more alcohol consumed, the smaller the total brain volume. ...Read more

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Been holding on for several days not eating much , still drinking alcohol, sleeping a lot and having memory loss. How long to live?

Been holding on for several days not eating much , still drinking alcohol, sleeping a lot and having memory loss. How long to live?

How long do you want: It is hard to tell if you are trying to die. If not, stop doing what you are doing - now! this could, indeed kill you but it might be a very unpleasant and unpredictable way to go. If you want to survive - seek serious medical help asap. Go to an er and expect detox after you are stabilized. You must have suffered some hard things and that is so sad. It can get better, if only some. Choose! ...Read more

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Is there a link between drinking alcohol and brain cancer?

Is there a link between drinking alcohol and brain cancer?

No: Brain tumors have few clear links to things that we do or are exposed to. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overdose on sleeping pills without drinking alcohol ?

Is it possible to overdose on sleeping pills without drinking alcohol ?

Yes: Are you considering taking an overdose of sleeping pills? If no, please forgive my intrusiveness -but I am shrink & tend to worry about this type of thing. If yes, please have a friend or relative drive you to the emergency room now for immediate help. Or you can call 911 for help from emergency services. ...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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Taking sleeping pills with drinking alcohol will increase the affects of the sleeping pills?

Yes: Combining any sedating medications (including sleeping pills) together or with alcohol will increase the sedating effects of the sleeping pills. These combinations can be dangerous so it is recommended that you do not drink when taking sleeping pills. Talk to your physician about drinking while taking any medications to be safe. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more