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Doctor insights on: Harmful Chemicals In Alcohol Spirits

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What types of alcohol is least harmful?

What types of alcohol is least harmful?

Not methanol: The only drinking alcohol is ethyl alcohol and this is what is contained in most potable beverages. It is not so much the type of drink you are using as it is the amount of ethanol you are consuming on a regular basis. Alcohol is generally harmful only when used to excess. A bottle of beer usually contains about the same amount of etoh as a shot of whiskey. ...Read more

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Alcohol or soft drinks which is more harmful for health?

Alcohol or soft drinks which is more harmful for health?

Alcohol: Over time, I would say alcohol is more detrimental for a variety of reasons. This includes physiologic as well as psychological issues. Soft drinks with sugar place a person at risk of metabolic syndrome as well as Type 2 Diabetes. Usually soft drinks do not affect your behavior or your relationships. Alcohol trumps soft drinks. ...Read more

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I see a lot of mixing alcohol and weed at a rave, is this harmful in any way?

I see a lot of mixing alcohol and weed at a rave, is this harmful in any way?

Yes it can be.: Either alone may be harmful — combined — more of a risk. Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic, delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. Some people develop a dry mouth, have a rapid heart rate. ...Read more

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Is alcohol harmful or helpful for one who has hypercardiomyopathy? What is helpful to do for this disease?

Is alcohol harmful or helpful for one who has hypercardiomyopathy?  What is helpful to do for this disease?

Harmful: Small amounts of alcohol (one drink per day in women) may reduce our bad cholesterol, while more than that can definitely itself harm the heart and elevated blood pressure. If you have a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy already, alcohol is definitely not good for you, particularly in amounts about the safe drinking limit of one standard drink per day. Your cardiologist can give you advice about meds. ...Read more

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What is the least harmful form of alcohol to drink?

What is the least harmful form of alcohol to drink?

Why do you ask?: The danger comes from the amount of ethanol you take in. If sounds to me as if someone is putting pressure on you to drink and that you don't want to. Good for you. Of the alcoholic beverages, beer and wine are less associated with people actually drinking to get drunk, which hopefully isn't something you'll want to do often. I used to ask for a 'virgin mary' -- looks like alcohol but isn't. ...Read more

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Help please! Is alcohol the only chemical used to fight germs?

Help please! Is alcohol the only chemical used to fight germs?

No: No, there are many chemicals that can fight germs. Hydrogen peroxide and iodine are two of the commons ones. ...Read more

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When the body breaks down alcohol, what chemical is it broken down into that causes hangovers?

When the body breaks down alcohol, what chemical is it broken down into that causes hangovers?

Acetaldehyde: While the causes of a hangover are still poorly understood, [2] several factors are known to be involved including acetaldehyde accumulation, changes in the immune system and glucose metabolism, dehydration, metabolic acidosis, disturbed prostaglandin synthesis, increased cardiac output, vasodilation, sleep deprivation and malnutrition. Beverage specific effects of additives or by-products such as congeners also play an important role.[1] The symptoms occur typically after the intoxicating effect of the alcohol begins to wear off, generally the morning after a night of heavy drinking.[3] ...Read more

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Which alcohol is the least harmful for diabetic patients?

Which alcohol is the least harmful for diabetic patients?

Alcohol: You are only "diabetic" if you have type 1 diabetes.
If you have type 2 diabetes — your doctor should have told you by now — you must work to get rid of your diabetes. A dietitian and physical trainer can work you through this.
Alcohol is OK but too much is no good for you or anyone else. ...Read more

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Is alcohol-containing mouthwash harmful?

Is alcohol-containing mouthwash harmful?

Depends: Depends on who and how using it. If you are not child, pregnant woman or alcoholic, and if you use it as intended and directed than it is not harmful. ...Read more

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What is more harmful to your health: cannabis or alcohol?

What is more harmful to your health: cannabis or alcohol?

Alcohol: No significant health problems have been proven w/out doubt w/ cannabis except if you smoke it unfiltered (has 5 times the tar of cigarettes).Still, may affect sterility, slow brain function, decrease motivation, etc.Also, has good effects on pain & seizures. Alcohol is known to absolutely have deleterious effect like liver cirrhosis, neuropathy,pancreatitis, brain damage, etc. Great antiseptic, though. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about what is more harmful to health, cannabis or alcohol?

Can you tell me about what is more harmful to health, cannabis or alcohol?

Alcohol: Kills somewhere around 100, 000 people in the us every year, far more world-wide. It causes over $200 billion in economic losses, and a huge amount of illnesses — damages brain, heart, liver, endocrine organs and pretty much everything else. Cannabis effects, however damaging some think they are, do not come close to the damage of alcohol. However, in people with addiction, both are harmful. ...Read more

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Why is alcohol use particularly harmful for the health and development of teenagers?

Age: First of all it is illegal to make alcohol accessible for anyone under 21 I think the reason for that law is that teenagers are already very impulsive and alcohol potentiates that leading to poor judgement. Teenagers also are less likely to know their limits which depend on wt and metabolism. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is breathing in rubbing alcohol fumes?

How harmful for your health is breathing in rubbing alcohol fumes?

Rubbing or isopropyl: If you breathe a lot of these fumes they can be a severe irritant and cause nosebleeds. Isopropyl alcohol fumes can be absorbed into the lung membrane and result in brain and nerve damage. Common symptoms of nerve damage include dizziness and numbness. Less severe symptoms include nausea and headaches. When inhaled briefly or sniffed in a robust fashion, you may experience a quick headache. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why isopropyl alcohol is harmful to the skin?

Can you please explain why isopropyl alcohol is harmful to the skin?

The alcohol: Isopropyl alcohol contains just that, alcohol. Alcohol is extremely drying and kills germs on your hands by disolving their membranes. Your skin cells have membranes too. ...Read more

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I'm worried I may have caused an adverse reaction by mixing alcohol and my medication. What can I do?

Nothing at this poin: There are certain medications that a few consume alcohol will cause you to be sick especially with nausea and vomiting. Stop drinking alcohol and consult with your physician if it is safe to drink alcohol with the medication you're using. ...Read more

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Is drinking about 3 cocktails a night harmful for your health? Each cocktail has about 1 shot of 40 proof alcohol?

Is drinking about 3 cocktails a night harmful for your health? Each cocktail has about 1 shot of 40 proof alcohol?

Yes: Moderate consumption is considered 1 drink daily for women and 2 for men. Drinking only once a week but consuming all 7/14 in one day does not count and would be considered binge drinking. Women are more susceptible to alcohol in its short term and long term effects and there are genetic non-gender differences as well. Aging and addition of RX meds like cholesterol meds puts more stress on the liver. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are there any antiseptic mouthwashes that utilize non-harmful alternatives to alcohol-based mouthwashes?

Please tell me, are there any antiseptic mouthwashes that utilize non-harmful alternatives to alcohol-based mouthwashes?

Mouthwash: Yes there are many herbal and supplement mouthwashes available. Many include natural ingredients like peppermint and spearmint, some contain antioxidants as well. ...Read more

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How can I overcome the alcohol adverse reactions of metronidazole?

You can't: Metronidazole inhibits an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase that metabolizes acetaldehyde that comes from the first round of metabolizing alcohol. The acetaldehyde is what causes the unpleasant and adverse side effects of alcohol when taking metronidazole. Even after stopping the med, the effects can stay for another three days. ...Read more

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Is smoking pot once a week less harmful than drinking alcohol?

Not able to compare: Is it better to eat rat poison or insecticide? Cannabis & alcohol can adversely effect health. Both can also have limited positive effects on health. Really can't make that comparison. One person could develop psychosis off of cannabis while another simply feels good from its effects. Alcohol is also a relative issue. ...Read more

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What is more harmful in the long-run, alcohol use or long term pain killer pills use?

What is more harmful in the long-run, alcohol use or long term pain killer pills use?

Alcohol pain med: Both — given that you are doing it long term. If you take pain med in a controlled manner as per your doctor then you should be okay, likewise if you have an occasional drink this also should not be a problem. Problems arise when you have no control over the use. ...Read more

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My 5 month old sucked on a baby wipe its alcohol free but has chemicals should I be worried can she develop cancer? Im super worried

My 5 month old sucked on a baby wipe its alcohol free but has chemicals should I be worried can she develop cancer? Im super worried

No: If these are safe enough to use on her skin, a short period of ingestion shouldn't harm her. Rinse her mouth out with warm water. All the best. ...Read more

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My ears have been bothering me due to me being recently sick. I dipped my Q tips in rubbing alcohol is there any chance it could be harmful to my ears?

My ears have been bothering me due to me being recently sick. I dipped my Q tips in rubbing alcohol is there any chance it could be harmful to my ears?

Should be ok: A little alcohol on a qtip should not cause a problem. It is more the trauma of putting them in your ear that can do damage so it's not recommended. If you get worse pain drainage hearing loss dizziness or feel unwell it's best to have your doctor take a look. Try some OTC pain med in the mean time ...Read more