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Doctor insights on: Explain How Cocaine And Alcohol Affect The Brain

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How does alcohol chemically affect the brain?

How does alcohol chemically affect the brain?

Alcohol & Brain: Alcohol enhances GABA & suppresses NMDA, leading to CNS depression, then leading to rebound during withdrawal, which causes Neurotransmitters to be more excitable, hence Neurotoxicity develops. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect the brain? What about valium?

How does alcohol affect the brain? What about valium?

Many ways: Classic is cerbellar atrophy affecting coordination and balance. Also, may see general atrophy with multiple cognitive issues. Wernicke-korsakoff can cause short-term memory loss, and behavioural changes. Epilepsy can also develop. The valium issues are rather milder, but habituation, sedation, seizures upon stopping may be seen. ...Read more

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How will methamphetamine affect the brain?

How will methamphetamine affect the brain?

Harmful effects: Methamphetamine abuse is a grave problem that can lead to serious health conditions including brain damage, memory loss, psychotic-like behavior, heart damage, hepatitis, and HIV transmission, " says dr. Nora d. Volkow, director of the national institute on drug abuse. ...Read more

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How much alcohol affects the brain in negative ways and can permanently damage your health/put you at risk for alcoholism?

How much alcohol affects the brain in negative ways and can permanently damage your health/put you at risk for alcoholism?

Alcohol affects vary: With body wt, gender, age, genetics, food consumed, beverage concentration, other drugs ingested, & tolerance. Any amount affects the brain. 5+ drinks kill brain cells, decreases rem sleep, lowers inhibitions & reasoning, impairs reflexes & coordination, etc. Guidelines for moderate drinking = male: max 4 drinks/day, 16/week; female: 3/day, 12/week. Greeleypsychologist.Com/alcohol.Xhtml. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how cocaine effects the different parts of the brain?

Can you tell me how cocaine effects the different parts of the brain?

Cocaine doesn't have: different effects on different parts of the brain. It works in older areas in the midbrain that are our reward/pleasure centers, and causes the release of lots of dopamine, the chemical released when we are happy, or exercising. Over time, excessive use of stimulants, particularly methamphetamine, but Cocaine as well, can damage those centers to where you don't feel pleasure without it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how drugs like mephedrone and cocaine damage the brain?

Can you tell me how drugs like mephedrone and cocaine damage the brain?

Nobody truly knows: what the toxic substances are and how they work, and also why some people use the exact same drug in the exact same amount and don't have adverse effects, while other people will have seizures on even lower doses. Stimulants put the brain in overdrive, and a particular part of the chemical of some stimulants (the methoxy- radical) seems to cause more damage. This is what is in bath salts and meth. ...Read more

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How does chronic vasoconstriction in the brain affect it? What are the lasting detrimental affects? Please elaborate

How does chronic vasoconstriction in the brain affect it? What are the lasting detrimental affects? Please elaborate

Perhaps stroke: Vasoconstriction refers to narrowing or arteries. This reduces blood flow. The brain needs blood flow. When it is working, blood flow increases to areas to higher metabolism. It's not clear what condition causes chronic vasoconstriction. Atherosclerosis narrows some of the important arteries to the brain, and often this increases the risk of stroke. ...Read more

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How does heavy drug usage affect the brain in the long-run?

How does heavy drug usage affect the brain in the long-run?

Can be disastrous: Certain drugs such as meth, cocaine, can cause stroke and brain hemorrhages, but others can cause delusions, hallucinations, agitation, psychotic behavior. If you have such a history, you need far more help than we can provide here, but a Concierge visit might allow us to guide you to eventual rehab stabilization. ...Read more

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How do CNS depressants affect the brain?

How do CNS depressants affect the brain?

NEURO-CHEMISTRY: The brain is a system of interconnecting nerves, and chemical neurotransmitters allow signals which pass from nerve cell body to another, culminating in a sensation or response. Chemical depressants inhibit these reactions, and modify usual brain activity. ...Read more

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How does injecting cocaine affect your brain?

How does injecting cocaine affect your brain?

Could be deadly: Cocaine is a sympathomimetic amine, and can cause inflammatory vasculitis, narrowing of blood vessels, and eventual strokes, brain hemorrhages, heart attacks, and death. If you are injecting STOP NOW, and get help today. ...Read more

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How can pot affect the brain?

How can  pot affect the brain?

Cannabis effects: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. ...Read more

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How can steroids affect the body and the brain?

Steroids are diouble: They cut both ways. We use them for brain swelling from any cause especially if there is tumor in the brain. But steroids have bad side effects like, fluid retention, swelling of the face, increase in blood sugar and weakened proximal muscles of the arms and legs. So we like to use them only when they are essential and use the lowest dose necessary.. ...Read more

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How does "weed" effect the brain and memory?

How does "weed" effect the brain and memory?

Bad effects: Studies show poor memory skills with use of weed. There are better medication for anxiety. Accident rates double in weed users. People with chronic use have an add like effect and become apathetic. ...Read more

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How does tobacco use affect the brain?

How does tobacco use affect the brain?

Increased risks: Not only does smoking increase risk of heart disease and COPD in lungs, plus cancer, but we do find increased risk of stroke and multiple sclerosis to name a few. Also, if lung cancer occurs, it can metastasize to brain. So, long and short, quit smoking! ...Read more

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How does caffeine affect the brain cells?

How does caffeine affect the brain cells?

Stimulant: Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. As such it appears to make your brain work faster as well as causing the gitters if you drink too much. ...Read more

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How does ketamine affect the brain?

How does ketamine affect the brain?

Pain and anesthesia: Ketamine is a controlled substance. Addictive, Dissociates the brain and an NMDA antagonist Causes nystagmus, halucination double vision- should be used by trained physicians Growing illicit use and disasters when used by addicts .Gabor Racz MD ...Read more

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How can weed, cocaine and alcohol affect my very young fetus?

How can  weed, cocaine and alcohol affect my very young fetus?

Variable/dose relatd: Weed=small head and questionable learning issues. Cocaine= injures placental blood vessels and leads to premature delivery.Alcohol= forms formaldehyde as a breakdown product and has various toxic effects depending on the stage of pregnancy.!st trimester=altered facial structure and possible heart defect, later pregnancy injury to brain development. ...Read more