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Doctor insights on: Explain 3 Ways Chronic Alcohol Abuse Leads To Malnutrition

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A common problem associated with alcohol abuse is malnutrition. Why is this?

A common problem associated with alcohol abuse is malnutrition. Why is this?

Alcohol abuse: Automatically will produce vitamin b1 deficiency and affect normal brain function, plus the fact that this interferes with appetite, hence malnutrition. It is a dangerous experiment for anyone. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...Read more


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Question:why do people w/chronic alcohol abuse start havn seizures when they never have beforehand?

Question:why do people w/chronic alcohol abuse start havn seizures when they never have beforehand?

Withdrawal effect: Chronic alcohol use may cause a physiologic dependence, such that when it is abruptly stopped, one may experience a withdrawal syndrome. Alcohol has sedative effects. Stopping it leads to activation of the brain. A seizure is a severe form of activation. It can be prevented by properly treating the withdrawal with the appropriate medicines like benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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Is there a link between chronic alcohol abuse and endocarditis?

Is there a link between chronic alcohol abuse and endocarditis?

No direct link but..: There can be a common link. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to malnutrition which can weaken the immune system, leaving it more vulnerable to infection. Many alcoholics have, at some point, also abused IV drugs which CAN cause endocarditis. Once a heart valve is damaged by endocarditis, it's more susceptible to recurrent infection if bacteria enter the bloodstream, like during dental procedures. ...Read more

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Connection between narcolepsy and chronic alcohol abuse over time? 52 year old brother-in-law diagnosis with narcolepsy and has abused alcohol for decades.

Connection between narcolepsy and chronic alcohol abuse over time? 52 year old brother-in-law diagnosis with narcolepsy and has abused alcohol for decades.

Challenging problem: Chronic alcohol abuse could lead to falling asleep simply from intoxication -- which could complicate ongoing narcolepsy if this is also going on. Alcohol abuse will certainly worsen any brain-related condition, and will disturb sleep -- insomnia common. Is he willing to get help for the alcohol abuse? If not, the outlook is not good for him. ...Read more

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How long do you have to be drinking to cause the affects of chronic alcohol abuse?

How long do you have to be drinking to cause the affects of chronic alcohol abuse?

Addictive Disease: Dr. Nora volkow, head of the natl. Institute for drug abuse describes an addiction as a: brain disease, which causes a person to engage in a behaviors which may lead to dire consequences, the person knows that, but continues the behaviors. It is possible to be addicted to food, gambling, sex, drug or alcohol. Chronic alcohol abuse can adversely affect every organ in the body except kidneys. ...Read more

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Can hepatits b be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, and is there a cure for it? I am a recovering alcoholic, sober for 12 years.No history of heavy drug use, no needles whatsoever.Quite a past in the sex department, although only 3 partners in sobriety(12

Can hepatits b be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, and is there a cure for it? I am a recovering alcoholic, sober for 12 years.No history of heavy drug use, no needles whatsoever.Quite a past in the sex department, although only 3 partners in sobriety(12

I : I added a link below from the center of disease control that may answer all of your questions in depth. To summarize: you can only catch hepatitis b from: - birth - mom to baby transmission - sharing needles with an infected person - having sex with an infected person - being in direct contact with the blood or open sores of an infected person - sharing a tooth brush or razor with an infected person (because of bleeding with those 2 activities) you cannot catch hepatitis b through breastfeeding, drinking, saliva, sharing utensils, hugging, kissing, touching, coughing or sneezing. 6-10% of adults with hepatitis b go on to have chronic hepatitis b (that means in 90-94% of people, it just goes away). 15-25% of people with chronic hepatitis b will go on to have liver disease. ...Read more

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Mild chronic pancreatits, not coused by gallstones or alcohol abuse. I do not drink and no stones seen in an ultrasound. What could be the couse?

Mild chronic pancreatits, not coused by gallstones or alcohol abuse. I do not drink and no stones seen in an ultrasound. What could be the couse?

Idiopathic: That is s medical term for unknown cause. Many times the etiology of chronic recurrent pancreatitis is unknown. Also sometimes pancreatitis can be related to elevated blood triglyceride levels. ...Read more

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How could chronic alcohol abuse affect cholesterol levels?

How could chronic alcohol abuse affect cholesterol levels?

May lower LDL: Especially when one is dying of liver failure, it's harder to make 'bad cholesterol'. This is little comfort. I'd rather die ten times from ten heart attacks than subject myself and those I love to life-destroying alcohol abuse. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Poor Nutrition (Definition)

An age-appropriate diet is one that provides adequate nutrition and is appropriate for a child's state of development. During the first 4 - 6 months of life, infants need only breast milk or formula to meet all their nutritional needs. At 4 - 6 months of age an infant should be consuming 28 - 45 ounces of formula, and is often ready to start the transition to solid foods. 6 - 8 MONTHS Continue to offer breast milk or formula 3 - 5 times per day. 8 - 12 MONTHS OF AGE Breast milk or formula should be offered three to four times per day at this age. After a baby is 1-year old, whole milk may replace ...Read more


Alcohol Abuse (Definition)

Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...Read more


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