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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 raves, is this harmful in any way?

I see a lot of mixing alcohol and weed at a raves, 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