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What is legal limit on blood alcohol content?

What is legal limit on blood alcohol content?

Blood Alcohol Level: Currently in the US it is 0.08 % (in all states). In countries like Mali, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Saudi Arabia it is 0.00 by Muslim Law. The only countries I could find with a higher Blood alcohol content % were Cyprus at 0.09 (but it is changing to 0.05) & Swaziland. ...Read more

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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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Any advice on cutting down alcohol consumption?

Any advice on cutting down alcohol consumption?

Seek help...: Quit!, Seek professional help such as rehab and counseling. Identify the reasons, or root cause(s) behind why you drink. Be honest with yourself... how badly do you want to stop. I doubt if it will be a matter of "cutting down" it is either stop or do not stop. Your call. ...Read more

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Has the ban on junk food adverts had any positive effects on obesity in children?

Has the ban on junk food adverts had any positive effects on obesity in children?

Some positive effect: A study published last summer in the journal pediatrics concludes that laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity. Students exposed to strong laws at baseline gained less weight and were less likely to remain overweight or obese over time than students in states with no laws. ...Read more

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Is tolerance for alcohol based on your genetics?

Is tolerance for alcohol based on your genetics?

Partially it is.: Some people will naturally have a higher tolerence for alcohol, factors such as family history of alcoholism, certain ethnic groups may have a higher or lower tolerence. People do metabolize alcohol at different rates. Also people who tend to drink excessivly just become more tolerant to alcohols effects more than people who don't, becoming more tolerant is a risk factor for alcoholism. ...Read more

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Alcohol consumption and ocd/schitzophrenia, what's the relation?

Alcohol consumption and ocd/schitzophrenia, what's the relation?

Diagnosis: Substance use disorders such as alcohol are increased in individuals who suffer from thought disorders like schizophrenia and anxiety disorders like ocd. ...Read more

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I'm legally allowed to consume alcohol in my state in private premises. Is occasional wine unhealthy?

I believe it's risky: Becoming comfortable with drinking at a young age & having access to cars & trucks poses a HUGE risk of problems to you & others. The risk is also very real that "occasional" will become "frequent" which will lead to "out of control." And trust me when I say no person on the planet who is "out of control" ever thought it could happen to them. "Occasional" is how it always begins. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Alcohol excess effects on heart?

Alcohol excess effects on heart?

Cardiomyopathy: There r many--similar 2diabetes but weakening the heart muscle is probably the worst. ...Read more

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Effects of drinking alcohol on the body fat?

Effects of drinking alcohol on the body fat?

Empty calories : Alcohol, which is basically sugar, gets converted to fat when not burned by the body for the activities of daily living. It is "empty" calories since sugar has no nutritive value. We all need a balanced diet and adequate vitamins to maintain optimum health. ...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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What amount of alcohol consumption is beneficial? Doesn't any amount of alcohol consumption kill brain cells?

Depends: There is nothing called safe drinking. For male, more than 3 drinks per day and for female more than 2 drinks per day can cause liver damage in the long run. Certainly, other pattern of drinking, such as bing drinking can cause acute liver problem. ...Read more

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Is alcohol consumption linked to cancer at all?

Is alcohol consumption linked to cancer at all?

Yes: Alcohol, especially in conjunction with smoking, can increase the risk of head and neck cancers (mouth, larynx, pharynx) and esophageal cancer. Alcohol also increases the risk of breast, liver, and colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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Is alcohol and smoking on HRT safe?

Is alcohol and smoking on HRT safe?

Smoking and HRT.: Smoking and HRT are very bad together, greatly increasing the risks of cardiovascular side effects, like blood clots and strokes. Alcohol in large quantities, both primarily and secondarily, can have some estrogenic effects which could impact those also taking HRT, too. Smoking is dangerous enough just by itself. ...Read more

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Recent official dietary guidelines say the cholesterol from foods like in eggs don't affect the cholesterol level in body.No restriction on eggs then?

Eggs are good: But all things in moderation. Your next question is likely, "OK, so how often and how many eggs are safe to eat?" I don't think anyone can answer that question and back it up with data. The sea change is that conventional wisdom was previously "any egg is a bad egg". ...Read more

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How do marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco effect the reproductive health?

How do marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco effect the reproductive health?

No surprise: Are you surprised if i say they all affect reproductive health in a bad way. Mild or even moderate alcohol use may have a negligible effect, but tobacco and marijuana are definitely harmful: the more you use, the worse the problem. ...Read more

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To what extent are studies that show health benefits due to low-moderate alcohol consumption supported?

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 the fda approve genetically modified foods (gmo) for human consumption?

Can the fda approve genetically modified foods (gmo) for human consumption?

YES but...: GMO foods are approved by the FDA before being sold for human consumption. See http://www.fda.gov/food/foodscienceresearch/biotechnology/ucm346030.htm However, I feel the FDA has been derelict in its duty to protect consumers by ignoring evidence that GMO foods may be harmful. Many high-ranking FDA officials have worked for Monsanto- see http://tinyurl.com/ao96zvp and http://tinyurl.com/pkh43g3 ...Read more

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Drink 8 ounces (1.5 glasses) of red wine daily for health benefits per medical studies. Can the long-term effects of this cause fatty liver?

Drink 8 ounces (1.5 glasses) of red wine daily for health benefits per medical studies. Can the long-term effects of this cause fatty liver?

Perhaps: depends on individual and other factors. 8 ounces daily is somewhat "generous" re: health benefits of wine. ...Read more