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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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What is the definition or description of: Rubbing alcohol overdose?

What is the definition or description of: Rubbing alcohol overdose?

Rubbing alcohol: Sx's of isopropanol O/D: abdominal pain, corneal damage, coma, dizziness, headache, low body temp, low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, nausea, vomiting,
tachycardia, uncoordinated movements,
unconsciousness & problems with urination. REF: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002660.htm ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: alcohol poisoning?

What is the definition or description of: alcohol poisoning?

Depressed breathing: Alcohol poisoning is similar to other depressant overdoses, like barbiturates. It is a progression from sleepiness to sleep to coma, eventually with progressively slower and more shallow breathing, resulting in accumulation of fluid in the lungs, low blood oxygen and ultimately stoppage of the heart. It can also cause accumulation of acetone (ketoacidosis) similar to diabetes, in some cases severe. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: alcohol sensitivity?

What is the definition or description of: alcohol sensitivity?

Alcohol Sensitivity: Is feeling of drunkenness after relatively few alcoholic drinks. Researchers at unc, chapel hill, found that those people have variation in the gene cyp2e1 which metabolizes alcohol in brain, making those people less likely to become alcoholics in the future, due to such intolerance. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: alcohol abuse?

What is the definition or description of: alcohol abuse?

Abuse is specific : Abuse is the use of a substance (or doing an activity) that the user knows (or has been told by competent authority) that continued use is dangerous or unhealthful. Addiction is escalation of dose/frequency of use, drug/activity seeking, and not doing daily activities to satisfy use. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Alcohol dependence?

What is the definition or description of: Alcohol dependence?

Alcohol dependence: Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort to avoid feeling bad. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: alcohol intoxication?

What is the definition or description of: alcohol intoxication?

See below : Any reduction of brain function secondary to the presence of alcohol is intoxication. Legally intoxication is at a blood alcohol level of 0.080%. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Fetal alcohol syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: Fetal alcohol syndrome?

Fetal alcohol: Fetal alcohol syndrome is the most severe form of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. It occurs when mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. Behavioral, learning and physical problems are a result. It is a leading cause of preventable birth defects and developmental disabilities in the United States ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Alcohol withdrawal s: Is a set of symptoms seen when one reduces or stops alcohol consumption after prolonged periods of excessive alcohol intake. It is due to the central nervous system being in a hyper-excitable state, leading to seizures & delirium tremens. Symptoms start on waking, due to fall in blood alcohol levels during sleep, & can include agitation, hallucination, sweating, cunfusion, htn, insomnia, GI upset. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Drinking alcohol early in the day?

What is the definition or description of: Drinking alcohol early in the day?

Before evening: It's maybe drinking as soon as you wake up and before you start the day. Some people may consider early in the day anytime before the sun sets. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: alcohol septal ablation?

Cardiac procedure: Alcohol septal ablation is a procedure that is performed by a cardiologist for markedly symptomatic hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. It kills a small part of the heart that is preventing blood from being ejected efficiently from the heart. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse?

What is the medical definition of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse?

Addiction: Alcohol can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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How can I handle problems with both weight and alcohol?

How can I handle problems with both weight and alcohol?

Drink fewer calories: Not only are alcoholics drinking a lot of toxic-to-the-liver alcohol every day, they are getting tons of calories too. To avoid obesity, a person must add his alcohol calories to his food calories, to see when he hits his daily maximum allowed calories (then he shouldn't eat or drink any more calories until the next day). (3 oz of vodka= about 200 calories; 12 oz beer= 150 cal; 6 oz wine= 170 cal). ...Read more

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For those of us who have been using alcohol and/or other drugs heavily or for a long time, does anyone care?

For those of us who have been using alcohol and/or other drugs heavily or for a long time, does anyone care?

Of course!: All you have to do is find a na meeting, an aa meeting or a doc who specializes in addiction medicine! Why not make a meeting today and call a doc in the am? ...Read more

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Why is alcohol so bad when trying to lose weight?

Why is alcohol so bad when trying to lose weight?

CALORIES GALORE!!: Lots of calories because remember it is just fermentation of the sugar content of whatever it is made from. So a lot of calories that have no nutritional value so goes to fat! Yuck! ...Read more

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My son is very overweight and drinks alcohol he wants to go to a weight reducing spa will it help him?

My son is very overweight and drinks alcohol he wants to go to a weight reducing spa will it help him?

Weight loss: Many people do not realize how many calories are in alcoholic beverages. If your son goes to a spa, they will undoubtedly eliminate or greatly reduce the alcohol. At the spa, he may achieve some weight loss, and may learn something. But he can't spend his life at the spa. If he leaves the spa but returns to his old ways, it will not have been worth the money. ...Read more

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To tell about him he big made, strong and is being taking alcohol and smoking heavily for past 15 years like. Now he is 65. And 5 years ago he got a?

To tell about him he big made, strong and is being taking alcohol and smoking heavily for past 15 years like.  Now he is 65. And 5 years ago he got a?

Your loved one needs: A comprehensive medical evaluation and advice regarding alteration or modification of lifestyle and avoidance of bad habits. He is high risk for developing lung and liver conditions — copd, lung cancer, cirrhosis etc.
Best of luck! ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect your body weight?

How does alcohol affect your body weight?

Gain usually: Alcohol is broken down into carbohydrates — with little to no true nutritional value- ie: not a fat or protein, or fruit or vegetable with vitamins. While a small glass of alcohol daily has shown benefit with the mediterranean diet, more than that daily is just extra calories. ...Read more

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How does increased weight reduce the effect of alcohol on a person?

How does increased weight reduce the effect of alcohol on a person?

It's about volume.: Because alcohol travels throughout your whole body, and heavier people have a larger body volume, it takes a larger volume of alcohol to have an effect. It's not that the effect won't occur, it's just that it takes more alcohol to reach that effect. ...Read more

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Might consuming a large amount of alcohol such as beer make someone gain weight?

Yes, yes, yes.: These are 'wasted calories'. Check the calories for the type of beer that you drink at this site: http://www.Wastedcalories. Com/beercalories. Html. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about some great supplements for heavy consumers of alcohol?

Vitamins: No supplements can entirely prevent the bad effects of excess alcohol consumption, but taking appropriate doses of vitamins, especially folate, (folic acid) thiamine, and B12 are important to avoid deficiencies of these essentials. Various problems, including anemia, peripheral neuropathy, and the brain disease called 'wernicke's disease' can result from deficiencies and are seen in some alcoholics. ...Read more

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Can I lose weight by eating only fruits and vegetables while taking considerable amounts of alcohol?

Can I lose weight by eating only fruits and vegetables while taking considerable amounts of alcohol?

Not safe or wise: Eating mostly (but not only) fruits and vegetables can help you lose weight but is dangerous because it won't supply enough essential protein- you must add beans, nuts, eggs or other proteins. Considerable amounts of alcohol undermines weight loss, as alcohol is converted into sugar. Large amounts of alcohol is VERY hazardous to health. See http://tinyurl.com/ownmrwq
Seek help for your addiction. ...Read more

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Even though I've stopped consuming empty calories from alcohol I've gained weight since quitting, why is this happening?

Increase eating: Eating may be filling the void left by alcohol, find other ways to feel good, regular exercise, getting out house, being with "healthy people". ...Read more

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Could heavy alcohol drinking cause you to become epileptic?

Withdrawal : Alcohol withdrawal causes seizures but does not preclude you will develop epilepsy, it could however cause the kindling phenomenon which can cause more severe withdrawal and subsequent seizures. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol cause a heavier period?

Thinning blood: Alcohol can thin the blood and could theoretically cause a heavier period and increased blood loss. ...Read more

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Will alcohol alone cause weight gain?

If drunk to excess: Alcohol has large amounts of calories drunk in large quantities weight gain can occur. ...Read more

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Can heavy alcohol use elevate bilirubin?

Can heavy alcohol use elevate bilirubin?

Yes: It's common. Usually there will be some elevation in both conjugated and unconjugated bilirubin if the cause is alcohol, and the transaminases will also be up. Gilbert's and medication effects are two other important considerations depending on the numbers and which tests are up. ...Read more