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Does your brain swell when you drink alcohol?

Does your brain swell when you drink alcohol?

No: Your cognitive function is affected, if too much alcohol permanent damage to this center occurs along with liver disease. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Would it be healthy for the brain to drink occasionally?

Would it be healthy for the brain to drink occasionally?

Small amounts only: Some reports suggest that 1 drink/day for women (2/day for men) may decrease brain inflammation. This is not an excuse to go out and binge or get drunk, though. Alcohol is toxic to many organs, including the brain. It shrinks brain cells, especially in the frontal lobe -- seat of higher intellectual functioning. Healthier to take your brain for a walk, instead of pickling it with alcohol! ...Read more

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What dose 28 years of drinking do to your brain and body?

What dose 28 years of drinking do to your brain and body?

Alcohol & the Brain: I would believe that given your lengthy drinking history that your fundamental basic brain functions have drinking alcohol as a basic survival skill. I.E. That your brain thinks that getting alcohol is as vital as getting food or sex. The "ism" in alcoholism will lead you to despair and poor health and even death if not treated. Alcohol treatment is available and a.A. Is a great place to start. ...Read more

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What exactly causes a brain freeze when I drink a slurpee?

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What exactly causes a brain freeze when I drink a slurpee?

Brain freeze: Consuming ice cold drinks or ice cream causes stimulation of roof of mouth (Palate) which causes rapid changes in small vessels in the sinuses which sends signals to the brain thru the Trigeminal nerve, causing referred pain (headache). ...Read more

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What are some food & drink that promotes good brain health?

What are some food & drink that promotes good brain health?

Reportedly: Foods like fatty fish(think salmon, mackerel), avocados, blueberries, nuts, and even caffeine. ...Read more

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Could moderate drinking damage adolescent brain development?

Could moderate drinking damage adolescent brain development?

Yes: Research shows that alcohol in any amount is toxic to the developing brain of a child or adolescent. ...Read more

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I heard that drinking a lot as an adolescent will damage brain development. What about just moderate drinking?

The definition of : "moderate" alcohol consumption is very variable & its effects depend on genetic influences, gender, age at initiation, & pattern of drinking. A "binge", 4 drinks for a female, 5 for a male, is most harmful, as increased degree &/or frequency of hangovers &/or withdrawal predict worse scores on tests of visuospatial processing, sustained attention, learning & memory, working memory, & planning. ...Read more

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I started drinking somewhat heavily when I was 15. I have quitted it now. I feel like brain development was stunted. Am I stuck like this forever?

I started drinking somewhat heavily when I was 15. I have quitted it now. I feel like brain development was stunted. Am I stuck like this forever?

Not stuck!: The brain can heal from heavy alcohol use. The post-acute withdrawal period can last up to 18 months and it can take that long to feel as if you are thinking normally again. Good luck! ...Read more

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Please tell me, could you drink with brain lesions?

Please tell me, could you drink with brain lesions?

No: It is usually suggested that you do not drink alcohol with brain lesions. This will increase your chances of having dehydration and then having seizures. ...Read more

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Can someone who had brain surgery drink?

Not Recomended: If you are asking about the intake of alcoholic beverages, the answer is generally no. Patients may be at increased risk for seizure around the time of brain surgery. Alcohol lowers the seizure threshold and may contribute to a post-operative seizure. Consult your doctor about your risk for seizure and a reasonable plan to enjoy a small amount of alcoholic beverages after surgical recovery. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol shrink the brain?

Can drinking too much alcohol shrink the brain?

Yes: Chronic alcohol abuse can cause atrophy or shrinage of the brain. Imaging studies such as ct scan of the brain can show enlargment of the ventricles and sulci which are "empty" fluid filled areas of the brain and correspond with shrinkage of healthy brain tissue. Animal studies of rodents exposed to chronic alcohol show loss of neurons or brain cells in parts of the brain. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are you allowed to drink with brain lesions?

Can you tell me, are you allowed to drink with brain lesions?

Varies: If your brain lesions affect critical areas mediating balance or coordination, things will deteriorate with alcohol. If your lesions cause seizure activity, the situation may worsen. Since these are generic answers, you may do better with a Concierge or INBOX consult. ...Read more

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Does adolescent drinking have an adverse on brain development?

Does adolescent drinking have an adverse on brain development?

Yes.: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24291291 "behavioral flexibility" (ability to react in different ways to different challenges) appears most compromised. ...Read more

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What can happen to the brain over time if you don't drink water?

What can happen to the brain over time if you don't drink water?

Drink water: Too much water can be bad. You can dilute your electrolytes. Like I said earlier 8 glasses of clean fresh water. At some point you will acquire a taste for good water. It's refreshing when cold . The brain and kidneys just live it. Did you know humans are made of 70 percent water ? ...Read more

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How is brain affected when a person passes out from drinking too much alcohol?

Loss of brain cells: Using too much alcohol can kill brain cells. If you pass out you have definitely had to much and it is time to cut back or stop completely ...Read more

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Sudden headache like brain freeze feeling but didn't drink anything cold. What could it be?

Sudden headache like brain freeze feeling but didn't drink anything cold. What could it be?

Probably migraine: Frequently brain freeze occurs in migraine patients, and sometimes the migraines themselves give this feeling. If you have been getting headaches for a while, this is almost certainly the cause, particularly if otherwise normal. You may have some medication overuse/rebound headache as well from taking many otc pain meds. A headache neurologist should be able to help you with the appropriate meds. ...Read more