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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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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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How does drinking alcohol affect your antibiotics?

How does drinking alcohol affect your antibiotics?

Depends on which: antibiotic. There are many drug interactions with alcohol, since it enhances the liver enzymes that metabolize not only alcohol (one of the factors leading to tolerance) but many other drugs, including ciprofloxacin and similar antibiotics. Moreover, alcohol decreases activity of both kinds of white blood cells - those producing antibodies and those that eat up (phagocytize) bacteria/viruses. ...Read more

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How does drinking affect your lungs?

Slows breathing: Alcohol is a brain depressant - it causes a part of the brain called the medulla to slow heart rate and depress breathing. In severe alcohol poisoning people can literally stop breathing. Alcohol however has not direct toxicity to the lungs themselves. Always drink in moderation. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect your skin?

How does alcohol affect your skin?

Can trigger rosacea: Excessive alcohol intake can cause the skin to look sallow and less healthy. Chronic alcohol use can prematurely age the skin. It can also exacerbate underlying skin problems. Rosacea is a skin condition in which flushing and redness can be triggered by alcohol. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect the body?

How does alcohol affect the body?

Alcohol: Alcohol affects every part of the body, from brain, to liver, heart, kidneys, blood, skin, only to mention a few. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect your emotional health?

How does alcohol affect your emotional health?

In very small: amounts the effect would be minimal. As consumption increases its gets worse, proportionally. Ethanol is toxic (poisonous to cells)--to all tissue, including brain tissue. Inhibitions fall and the likelihood of acting out increases, none of which sounds healthy, emotionally or physically. No one deals well with cognitive functions of any kind when intoxicated. ...Read more

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How does alcohol consumption affect your ability to build muscles?

How does alcohol consumption affect your ability to build muscles?

Alcohol and muscles: Alcohol consumption impacts on growth hormone, testosterone production, and recovery. Therefore it impacts on and reduces the impsct of muscle building. This article answers your question in more detail: http://www.Askmen.Com/sports/bodybuilding_200/218_fitness_tip.Html. ...Read more

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Is it really that bad to drink alcohol? How does alcohol affect the digestive system?

Is it really that bad to drink alcohol? How does alcohol affect the digestive system?

Depends: The question is how much alcohol? Low doses of alcohol (1 standard drink/day in women and elderly, 2 per day in men) causes little or no problems in most people, and may actually increase the good cholesterol (hdl). Larger doses cause many problems, mostly to our ability to live with others successfully and navigate life's pathways, but also to the heart, liver, GI tract and every other organ. ...Read more

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How does blood alcohol content affect your reaction time?

Alcohol effects: When alcohol reaches the brain, it has the ability to delay signals that are sent between nerve cells that control balance, thinking and movement. Specifically, hyper-activation of gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) A receptors. Activation of GABAA receptors by GABA tends to decrease neuronal excitability. This leads to impairment of both motor function and cognition following Ethanol consumption. ...Read more

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How does HIV affect your body's tolerance to alcohol?

How does HIV affect your body's tolerance to alcohol?

HIV: Hiv infection by itself should not interfere in any way with tolerance to alcohol. Many patients with HIV disease also have hepatitis b and c, and the damage done to the liver through this and other HIV associated illnesses may affect the tolerance to alcohol. ...Read more

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How does salt affect the liver?

How does salt affect the liver?

Liver: controlling Salt intake is important if you have liver disease like cirrhosis ...Read more

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How does binge drinking affect the heart?

How does binge drinking affect the heart?

Alcohol and Heart: Acutely, binge drinking can result in electrolyte imbalance which can cause heart rhythm problems. Chronically, alcohol usage can result in alcohol induced cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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How does drinking affect the respiratory system?

How does drinking affect the respiratory system?

See below: As far as I know, no types of drinks affect the lungs unless you aspirate. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect the coordination?

How does alcohol affect the coordination?

The principle: mechanism is the slowing of communication from the brain to muscles and nerves. There is a loss of precision motor skills. Additionally, with increased processing time and decreased accuracy of information transmitted throughout the central nervous system reaction time is slowed. The loss of coordination and slowing in reaction time results in a tremendous number of injuries and deaths:( ...Read more