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Doctor insights on: How Alcohol Affects The Central Nervous System

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What is the difference between alcohol and other central nervous system depressants?

What is the difference between alcohol and other central nervous system depressants?

Alcohol: Alcohol affects nervous system as well as other organs such as the liver, eventually leading to irreversible damage. ...Read more

Central Nervous System (Definition)

System in humans is the brain and spinal column. The nerves that connect the CNS to the limbs, organs and the outside world is ...Read more


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Can alcohol withdrawal symptoms last more than a month? Also can chronic alcoholism cause damage to your central nervous system?

Can alcohol withdrawal symptoms last more than a month? Also can chronic alcoholism cause damage to your central nervous system?

Yes: The physiologic symptoms attributed to alcohol withdrawal can last for weeks particularly in the most severe cases. And it is known that alcoholism is a damaging to the central and peripheral nervous system. It can cause an alcohol related dementia and neuropathy. Some of the nervous symptoms are attributed directly to the neurotoxicity of alcohol others to often found nutritional deficiencies ...Read more

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Does m.S. Only attack the central nervous system?

Does m.S. Only attack the central nervous system?

Yes: Multiple sclerosis (ms) is an autoimmune disease (body's defense system attacking itself) that involves the central nervous system. Central nervous is composed of the brain and spinal cord. Myelin sheaths protect and insulate nerve cells; in ms the myelin sheaths on the axons (longer parts of the nerve cells) are inflamed and damaged, leading to scar development seen in white matter of the brain. ...Read more

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What makes up the central nervous system?

What makes up the central nervous system?

CNS=Brain+SpinalCord: Limits of brain tissue are the meninges, a fibrous cover. The spinal cord usually ends at the first lumbar vertebra, just below the last rib. Below that are nerves to your legs called the cauda equina, named because they look like a horses' tail. ...Read more

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What causes disorder of the central nervous system?

What causes disorder of the central nervous system?

See below: Might produce a better answer if you can describe the kind of disorder you have in mind. Generally, the central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord. So all factors that can damage them or lead to defects in them can cause disorders. ...Read more

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What toxins could effect the central nervous system?

What toxins could effect the central nervous system?

THERE ARE SO MANY : Neurotoxic substances out there, and I do not have enough space here to enumerate. Google centrl nervous system toxins. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are cranial nerves not included in the central nervous system?

Mostly peripheral: Cranial nerves have their cell bodies within the central nervous system (cns), but the majority of their length/"processes" are outside the confines of the cns. The myelin covering nerves inside, vs. Outside, the CNS is different, and cranial nerves are subject to disorders common to peripheral nerves. (the cell bodies can be affected by CNS disorders as well.). ...Read more

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How can heroin affect the central nervous system?

How can  heroin affect the central nervous system?

Depressant effects: After the initial effects, heroin abusers may be drowsy for several hours. Mental function is also clouded by heroin's effects. Cardiac function slows, as does breathing, sometimes to the point of death. Heroin overdose is extremely dangerous due to these depressant effects on the cns. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can GHB affect the central nervous system?

No: The precise mechanism of action of sodium oxybate is unknown. You didn't need someone on HealthTap to tell you that. You could have found it out quite easily yourself. It's the sort of information anyone can look up. The function of HealthTap is to apply medical reasoning to questions, not to spoon-feed posters facts that are accessible to anyone with a web browser. ...Read more

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What causes major inhibitory effects in the central nervous system?

What causes major inhibitory effects in the central nervous system?

Neurotransmitters: A balance of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters exist to facilitate normal bodily functions. The inhibitors are many, including acetylcholine, norepinephrine, seratonin, dopamine, and these modulate the effects of the excitatory chemicals. ...Read more

Cns (Definition)

CNS stands for central nervous system and consists of the brain ...Read more