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Does Your Brain Swell When You Drink
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
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
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
No: What hole was that? No it will not kill brain cells. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I always wondered what happens to the brain when you are conscious but don't remember what you've done after drinking?
It is being: Damaged.Get a more detailed answer ›
Took klonpn .5 for 1 year. Tappered over 3 months. How long should I wait (so that my brain is healed) to drink a couple of beers w/ friends?
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 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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