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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. 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 having a brain bleed in the past mean I can't drink alcohol anymore?

Does having a brain bleed in the past mean I can't drink alcohol anymore?

No: Alcohol when consumed in moderation is fine after a brain bleed. Excessive alcohol intake can affect your liver and cause problems with forming clots. ...Read more

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Are you able to drink alcohol after having brain surgery?

Are you able to drink alcohol after having brain surgery?

Maybe: I can't answer that question without knowing more about your history and why you had surgery. I would ask your surgeon that question. ...Read more

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If I have a benign brain tumor , and i've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it ok for me to drink alcohol?

If I have a benign brain tumor , and i've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it ok for me to drink alcohol?

Tough question: Since alcohol interacts with many medications and the brain functions, it is important that you discuss this question with your personal neurologist/neurosurgeon. I typically allow my patients to drink in moderation (no more than 1 drink a night) 6-12 months after being off all brain related medications. But again, please see your personal physician before acting on my suggestion. ...Read more

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I have a benign brain tumor, but i've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it safe for me to drink alcohol?

I have a benign brain tumor, but i've been off meds for a good 5 days now. Is it safe for me to drink alcohol?

Maybe: Alcohol in moderation should not complicate a "benign" brain tumor such as a meningioma or schwannoma. If you have a low grade glioma, then the tumor is not really benign. Whether your liver can tolerate the alcohol may depend on what drugs you have been on which were just stopped. Consult your doctors before drinking. ...Read more

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Concussion 2 weeks ago. Doctor cleared me to drink alcohol moderately. When is it safe for my brain to smoke marijuana again?(Decriminalized my state)

Concussion 2 weeks ago. Doctor cleared me to drink alcohol moderately. When is it safe for my brain to smoke marijuana again?(Decriminalized my state)

Marijuana is leagal: in your state and I understand that. Unless it is processed and medially supervised, I don't think it's a good idea for you to smoke it at any time. See the brain scans of Daniel Amen, MD, on those smoking it. If you have anxiety use other natural relaxants and techniques . See www.relaxationresponse.org ...Read more

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Help I have headache daily ?! Brain tumor ? I am very stressed, lack of sleep, drink alcohol weekly, is this causing headache ? Dr won't do mri

Help I have headache daily ?! Brain tumor ? I am very stressed, lack of sleep, drink alcohol weekly, is this causing headache ? Dr won't do mri

Stress reduction: Many times headaches are due to benign issues. Getting proper sleep, doing some stress reduction techniques, and cutting out alcohol (which can dehydrate you and also lead to headaches) can all help. ...Read more

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My ankle was broken a few years ago, now why does it swells evertime i drink alcohol after a few years of recovery?

Comorbidities: How much alcohol are we talking about? One liter of bourbon is much different than a glass of wine. There may have been some other problem in your body incurred when you broke your ankle. Perhaps something along the lines of a disruption of circulation. The alcohol may be disrupting your body's ability control fluids and via gravity the fluids are accumulating in this ankle. ...Read more

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My lips and face swell up when I drink alcohol.Am I allergic to alcohol?

My lips and face swell up when I drink alcohol.Am I allergic to alcohol?

Allergic to alcohol: You might be allergic to alcohol. Some people have this condition while others may be allergic to a component in an alcoholic beverage (e.g. The mixer). I would avoid alcohol if it gave me those problems. ...Read more

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Is feet swell when i drink alcohol normal?

Is feet swell when i drink alcohol normal?

Depends on how much: Alcohol is a vasodilator meaning opens blood vessels which causes pooling and gravity pulls it down. Don't drink so much and elevation will help. ...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


Cerebrum (Definition)

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