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Does Low Iron Level Affect Alcohol Consumption
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
To what extent are studies that show health benefits due to low-moderate alcohol consumption supported?
See below: Several studies show this but they are retrospective studies. It would be equally valid to conclude that healthy people allow themselves to drink moderately while chronically ill persons do not because it worsens their illness. ...Read more
Combination: Please forgive the irreverence that others may have shown. In the absence of tobacco use, oral cancer is an uncommon result simply of intemperate drinking; drinker-smokers are the ones at great aocrisk. There are many reasons for keeping your alcohol use under tight control -- the safety of others, avoiding personality deterioration, and remembering the really fun times. Thanks for asking. Cheers. ...Read more
I drank alcohol heavily for several weeks before my labs. My ferritin level was 608. Could the high level of alcohol consumption cause this problem?
Alcohol after bypass:
A glass of wine is equivalent to one beer. 1 oz of liquor 45 %of alcohol = 9.Oz of beer or 3-4.Oz of wine (11-13%)
you drink only if you did not ever abused alcohol, i.E taking more than 3beers/day on a regular basis. Long term alcohol abuse turned a heart muscle into a mass of jello, bigger heart but very weakened, besides damaging the heart automatic rythm system, which by itself can kill. ...Read more
How much alcohol consumption is safe in a day? If vitamin B12 levels below normal in a social drinker, how to correct, what regime to follow?
Find the cause: One number that's held up is 5 or more alcoholic drinks on any one day more than once a week means you're heading for loss of control. The cause of the vitamin B12 deficiency needs to be found. If you're a vegetarian, consider giving it up or supplementing. If your diet is okay or you supplement, an investigation for pernicious anemia ; other causes will be undertaken by your physician. ...Read more
What amount of alcohol consumption is beneficial? Doesn't any amount of alcohol consumption kill brain cells?
Depends: There is nothing called safe drinking. For male, more than 3 drinks per day and for female more than 2 drinks per day can cause liver damage in the long run. Certainly, other pattern of drinking, such as bing drinking can cause acute liver problem. ...Read more
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
Complicated: Iscd 2010 study ranked etoh as most harmful of all drugs (eg, cirrhosis of the liver, fas, esophageal varices, dementia, premature aging, etoh poisoning ; death, car accidents, crime ; violence). Some argue that in older folks a drink or two (esp red wine) has some health ; psych'l benefits. However, there are far better ; healthier ways to get same benefits. Remember- everything in moderation! ...Read more
Zieve's syndrome: Although quite a rare illness, there is something called Zieve's syndrome, wherein alcohol consumption can lead to hemolysis. The mechanism of hemolysis in Zieve's syndrome is not entirely understood. Alcohol is a toxin, and has damaging effects to the body -which is really too bad. Hopefully you can get some help, as hemolytic anemia can be bad news, as well as the liver problems etc with alcohol ...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 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
Make it worse: If some one has hepatitis a, b, c or alcoholic hepatitis. Any amount of alcohol can make be very poisnous and lead to liver damage ending in cirrhosis and liver failure and will not be a candidate for liver transplant, unless have been alcohol free foe six months, but has been controversial lately. ...Read more
Maybe the contrary.: Alcohol dilates the blood vessels on the skin leading to a warmer sensation but actually increase in heat loss. Although theoretically, the cold drink would also reduce the body temp, the body has a lot of tricks to combat the loss to maintain a normal temperature. If one falls unconscious in a cold environment, one may actually end up with severe hypothermia. ...Read more
Causes of liver: Disease. I googled this for ypu since no one was responding http://www. Medicinenet. Com/script/main/mobileart. Asp? Articlekey=110443;page=3. ...Read more
Actually women: Have more problems with alcohol than men in terms of organ damage, particularly liver and heart damage. However, there are other inherited predispositions that relate to how much damage alcohol will do any given individual. Alcohol is water soluble, and since women have (in general) more fat, alcohol is more concentrated in women, who also absorb more alcohol directly from their stomach. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the amount consumed. The answer is up to several hours. ...Read more
It depends how much:
Smoking is bad for you in any amount but its efeects are related to how many cigarettes and for how many years consumed. It causes copd, cadiovascular diseases, cancers of lung and mouth, perpheral vascular disease, impotence and erectile dysfunction, fetal abnormailities, bad teeth&breath
alcohol in moderation may be beneficial for heart, but if abused can cause liver cirrhosis/failure and cardiomyopathy. ...Read more
Other programs: This is very hard to accomplish all by yourself. It may help to see a psychiatrist to discuss your concerns, & rule out any conditions that could complicate this process. Substance abuse counselor & intensive outpatient programs to share support, skills, & education. Possible alternatives to aa: http://www. Urmc. Rochester. Edu/encyclopedia/content. Aspx? Contenttypeid=1&contentid=2623. ...Read more
They may or may not: I don't know what "moderate" means to you, but 3 or 4 drinks, in most people, will not cause any elevation of liver enzymes. Only about 30-40% of heavy drinkers get liver problems and there appear to be genetic susceptibility to this damage. In those where there is a transient elevation, it goes up almost immediately, and comes back to normal in a few days. ...Read more
Few days: Possible increase in a few days with improvement if there is no underlying disease or ongoing alcohol abuse. ...Read more
Testoerone RT: If you mean does Testosterone Replacement Therapy create the possibility of psychological symptoms and does alcohol increase risk, the answer is yes. The human hormone system is a delicate balance. Too much or too little produces symptoms. Please make no changes w/out seeing your doctor. He/she can measure hormones w/in the context of your lifestyle. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Is alcohol consumption major risk factor dor gastritis? Or is it excessive alcohol consumption that is risk?
Is there any risk to taking Cialis if a person had been a drinker for a long time, but has recently stopped all alcohol consumption. No know health?
Depends liver health: There is no risk to taking Cialis if you have normal liver function. I would advise that you have a liver function test performed at least yearly to make sure there is no permanent damage to your liver. If your liver function tests are normal then you can safely take Cialis on a regular basis. ...Read more
Alcohol and Blood:
This is an excellent question.
There are two answers that may sound like they contradict each other.
Alcohol thins the blood. This means that it does not clot so easily and too much alcohol, affecting the liver, can lead to easily bruising and such.
But, drinking alcohol is also dehydrating. You pee off more fluid than you consume...Which can make the blood thicker and thus lead to slowing.. ...Read more
Alcohol: Depends on the amount consumed & the length of time, as well as the status of your organs such as brain, liver, etc. ...Read more
Outstanding question: There is at least one sub-type of alcoholism. (and likely addiction in general) where alcohol use has been documented to increase with ssris (and other anti depressants?) patients are younger onset and with strong family histories of alcohol use. These are not perfect criteria however. The meds cause increased irritability and impulsiveness. Few doctors are aware of these studies. ...Read more
What are the downsides to Antabuse (disulfiram) or similar? Seems like a no brainer if one wants a bit of neg reinforcement to alcohol consumption?
Can't drink: If you are serious about not drinking it can be helpful--if you impulsively drink you may end up in the ER! People who really don't want to quit say shaving lotion makes them sick or what if they eat something cooked in wine etc. Sounds like you are serious about not drinking & it should be of help to you! ...Read more
Yes, but...: Only to a certain point...Since it appears that cirrhosis, once established is irreversible...Though progression can be halted. ...Read more
Likely: Even shakespeare knew this over 300 years ago, " it provokes the desire but it takes away the performance. Therefore much drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery: it makes him and it mars him; it sets him on and it takes him off. ". ...Read more
No: Acute pyelonephritis is a bacterial infection of the urinary tract. Alcohol may make people more susceptible to many infections by suppressing many parts of the immune system, and sexual activity related to excessive alcohol use is sometimes responsible for urinary tract infections, especially in women, which can ultimately result in pyelonephritis in some cases. ...Read more
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