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Drinking Too Much Alcohol
Yes, sometimes: In very heavy drinkers, damage to the pancreas can occur (pancreatitis), which if it occurs many times can damage the ability of the pancreas to make both Insulin and digestive enzymes. The lack of Insulin can lead to a form of diabetes resembling juvenile or type 1 diabetes. In diabetics, alcohol worsens control in a number of ways, and is also a high calorie "food" - twice the calories of sugar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More than 2 cups/day: In smaller amounts, caffeine has actually been considered to have some health benefits. Up to two cups of coffee daily, for example, would be a safe and potentially beneficial amount to drink. Any more than that may cause you some trouble - stomach upset, bone loss, etcetera. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Apple juice/lemonade: Old rule of thumb: if your pee looks like lemonade [not pink lemonade!], then you're probably drinking enough water. But if your pee is as dark as apple juice, then probably you should drink more. Check out this water calculator here: http://nutrition.About.Com/library/blwatercalculator.Htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Too Much Alcohol?: Not everyone has this response, but alcohol can significantly irritate the lining of the stomach...Thus making it easier to have an upset stomach and to lead to nausea, vomiting, and ulcers. Also adding to this potential is that drinking heavily for your body type and experience can lead to alcohol poisoning and thus your body wants to expel anything toxic. ...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
I have seen reports: that it can, although I am not sure of the mechanism, but it has to be a LOT of soda. The major problem with lots of soda is the calories, and it is a major contributor to the epidemic of overweight, obese and diabetic individuals in the US and western world. It appears to reduce iron absorption in some people. You are far better off with water which is cheaper, healthier and doesn't affect iron. ...Read more
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