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Doctor insights on: Effects On Teen Brains Due To Alcohol Consumption

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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 drinking on anti-depressants lead to less inhibitions and blackouts than just drinking alcohol when not on medicine?

Does drinking on anti-depressants lead to less inhibitions and blackouts than just drinking alcohol when not on medicine?

More risky: Alcohol can have serious interactions with antidepressants because of combined effects on your central nervous system. Always check with your doctor before consuming alcohol while taking an antidepressant. If you're having blackouts, see your pcp without delay to be checked. Be safe! ...Read more

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Trying to cut down on my caffeine intake--can too much caffeine before bed effect human growth hormone and cause height to increase (age: upper 30s)?

Trying to cut down on my caffeine intake--can too much caffeine before bed effect human growth hormone and cause height to increase (age: upper 30s)?

Unlikely the pbm: In the 30's, your growth centers have closed and any existing growth hormone production helps protect the growing cells, muscle mass and the like. You will not grow taller at 30, regardless of extra growth hormone. ...Read more

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Which negative effects does alcohol have on the brain?

Which negative effects does alcohol have on the brain?

Acute and chronic: Acute: impair psychomotor abilities chronic: may damage or kill brain cells. ...Read more

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How much alcohol consumption causes physical dependance and withdrawal? I drink beer on weekends but not through the week. Trying to be proactive

How much alcohol consumption causes physical dependance and withdrawal? I drink beer on weekends but not through the week.  Trying to be proactive

See below: It is good that you are being proactive about your health. The alcohol amount that each person can "handle" differs. Instead of using absolute amounts, it is better to focus on consequences - if alcohol use is creating adverse consequences for you or others are starting to point this out to you, it is too much and/or too frequent. ...Read more

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Any insights on when does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

Any insights on when does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

Yes: Alcohol becomes abuse when it starts affecting your life negatively:if you having problems at work or showing up late or missing work; if it is making you fight with others or causing problems in your relationship; if you have legal problems from drinking; if you find yourself "sneaking" alcohol or hiding how much you use from other people. ...Read more

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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

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Can you please describe the effects and/or impacts of drugs and alcohol on teenage education/learning?

Can you please describe the effects and/or impacts of drugs and alcohol on teenage education/learning?

They distract from : It. The words teenager, alcohol & drugs shouldn't even be in the same sentence. Teen- anon incorporates 12 step philosophy from alcoholics anonymous & narcotics anonymous. Any teen who is drinking alcoholic needs assistance. ...Read more

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Hi. Does drinking alcohol while on flouxetin lead to blockout?

Possibly: Depends on dose of fluoxetine and amount of alcohol consumed over what time. A lot of alcohol with higher doses of fluoxetine consumed in a short time certainly could lead to black out (as could just large amounts of alcohol by itself consumed in a short time). ...Read more

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Which is harder on the liver, alcohol or kava? Assuming the amounts for their relaxation effects are set. For eg 1.5 oz alcohol, 8oz kava

Which is harder on the liver, alcohol or kava? Assuming the amounts for their relaxation effects are set. For eg 1.5 oz alcohol, 8oz kava

In the absence of : Comparative studies, there is no way to answer this question. They can both be toxic to the liver, but a comparison is impossible. Theoretically, in a healthy person with a healthy liver one would not expect any significant damage from either one. Then there are those with alcohol or kava intolerance where it is a different story altogether. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does emotional instability increase with alcohol consumption? Days of heavy drinking back to back as opposed to binge drinking?

Does emotional instability increase with alcohol consumption? Days of heavy drinking back to back as opposed to binge drinking?

Yes but : Binge drinking is not better! the first organ to b dammaged by alcohol is the CNS meaning the brain. Alcohol is the fakest friend u can imagine! it is a CNS depressant that destroys sleep, mood & personality much quicker than pple usually think. Avoid both daily heavy drinking or weekend alcohol binge, b safe & keep ur best asset healthy! ...Read more

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Would smoking cannabis or drinking alcohol with a brain tumor cause it to have potentially harmful or adverse effects on the person;make tumor worse?

Would smoking cannabis or drinking alcohol with a brain tumor cause it to have potentially harmful or adverse effects on the person;make tumor worse?

Probably not.: Those substances have little in common other than being considered 'bad' by some people. Medical cannabis is thought to be very helpful for cancer patients in many ways. I've not heard of alcohol's benefits, if any, but no problems either. Relax. Consider asking the oncologist involved for an opinion. Best! ...Read more

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Can a person drinking alcohol everyday for 25yrs while on lithium and Depakote cause perm damage? What are the effects of Depakote mixed with alcohol?

2 many variables: 2 many variables to answer specifically, accurately and comprehensively. Generally speaking, drugs (incl. Depakote and alcohol) with potential to have a negative effect on the same particular organ (e.g. Liver), will increase the risk of that negative effect when taken together. ...Read more

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Do health consequences result from excessive alcohol consumption on the liver? If so, what are they?

Several . . .: Alcohol can cause several forms of liver injury. (1) alcoholic steatohepatitis - "fatty hepatitis" in which the liver cells are injury and balloon up with fat. (2) alcoholic hepatitis - a severe form of hepatitis (inflammation) triggered by alcohol which can be fatal in up to 50% of cases. (3) alcoholic cirrhosis - chronic ongoing injury which leads to cirrhosis and potentially liver cancer. ...Read more

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Can a hormonal side effect of sobriety from alcohol & opiates cause amenorrhea? Can the stress from getting sober make my brain stop sending hormones?

Can a hormonal side effect of sobriety from alcohol & opiates cause amenorrhea? Can the stress from getting sober make my brain stop sending hormones?

Possible: Severe stress can affect your pituitary leading to amenorrhea. If the amenorrhea continues for a long period of time, see your doctor to make sure it isn't something else. Make sure you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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Can someone not bipolar experience mania due to caffeine consumption from drinks?

Can someone not bipolar experience mania due to caffeine consumption from drinks?

Maybe : Caffeine intoxication can mimic mania. A difference being that the symptoms resolve following metabolism of the caffeine. ...Read more

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I want to know the side effects of caffeine as a result of excess coffee consumption?

I want to know the side effects of caffeine as a result of excess coffee consumption?

Many!: Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system. It can raise blood pressure. The known side effects include irritability, nervousness and anxiety, digestive problems, an increase in heart rate and breathing, chest pain, dizziness, headache, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and fatigue. Some people some people just get the jitters. Excess consumption is sometimes associated with depression. ...Read more

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How and why does tobacco smoking negatively impact on the body and mental health of adolescents aged 12-18?

How and why does tobacco smoking negatively impact on the body and mental health of adolescents aged 12-18?

Addictive: Since many who start never stop, the younger they are the longer they'll be damaging all the cells in their body. Some cells are just not going to function as well w/ inflammation - some may begin a process toward malignancy. The circulatory system is also stressed. The clearest mental issues are the habit and any guilty feelings. It's expensive too! ...Read more

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How could irritability(a mental heath effect caused by inhaling nitrite) influence dependence on the drug?

How could irritability(a mental heath effect caused by inhaling nitrite) influence dependence on the drug?

Dont understand ?: Most of the time, when a drug producing 'dysphoric' effects - effects not considered pleasant by most people - fewer people abuse that drug. However, many drugs produce irritability, including cocaine and amphetamines, but people still get enough benefit to continue to use them. People use nitrites mainly for sexual enhancement, and are willing to pay the price of some stimulation/irritability. ...Read more