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How To Hydrate Your Body After Drinking Alcohol
Can drinking alcohol excessively and not being hydrated and not eating great affect the body negatively- even if the general blood panels look normal?
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
Tachycardia from drinking alcohol. I am hydrated, and I have taken propranolol/xanax, but cannot get my heart rate below 95 while resting? Now what?
Don't understand?: Alcohol is metabolized into acetaldehyde and then into acetic acid, which is then used by the body, in the Krebs cycle, to produce energy. There is no "acid" that accumulates and needs to be removed. In patients who drink extremely large amounts of alcohol, other byproducts, such as acetone and dihydroxybutyric acid DO cause alcoholic ketoacidosis, which resolves with thiamine and fluids. ...Read more
What is the actual cause of the 'hang over' feeling people get after a long night of drinking alcohol? What is happening in the body?
Hangover: Poisoning: Alcohol poisoning. The liver cannot clear all of the toxins and they build up. You get dehydrated so the brain is not working perfectly. It is a form of alcohol poisoning and one should take that as a sign to stop for awhile. ...Read more
Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots, stone formation, diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings. ...Read more
I stopped drinking alcohol 4 months ago and now my body is going through some dramatic changes. Is that normal?
After alcohol...: Yes, absolutely after quitting drinking you might experience many changes as a result of prolonged drinking. Physical and psychological after drinking and quitting can result as the new adjustment of your body and mind ensues. If you are not under medical care it is time to do so as well as mental health close follow up. ...Read more
32 yrs. Have been drinking alcohol regularly for half my life now. What benefits are there to giving up drinking now? Has my body adapted to alcohol?
Problem Drinking: If your drinking is heavy and causing personal, family, or health problems, you will have tremendous benefits from quitting. ...Read more
Recently stopped drinking alcohol after years of moderate use, no health issues, but how long for body to truly recover be healthy after years of it?
It depends: Occasionally there is irreversible damage to organs as a result of chronic alcohol use. We generally consider the brain to be pretty well back to baseline after 6 months or so and after being abstinent for 12 months one is formally into remission. If not scarred the liver will get back to normal I suspect within a month or so. Talk to a physician about the details of your exam and hx. ...Read more
Hello I have swollen lymph glands after drinking alcohol and pain all over my body 2-3 days after what could this be? Thanks
Viral illness: May be a nonspecific viral illness. Were you engaged in any other activities while drinking? ...Read more
Alcohol, Dopamine: Alcohol increases the release of Dopamine in brain’s “reward center. By increasing Dopamine levels in the brain, alcohol tricks you into thinking that it’s actually making your feel great. The effect is that you keep drinking to get more Dopamine release, but at the same time you’re altering other brain chemicals that are enhancing feelings of depression. ...Read more
Not drink???: Your body, via your stomach, is telling you that you are taking in something that disagrees with it, and perhaps you should listen. You may already have gastritis or pancreatitis and the alcohol may be making these worse (or causing them, for that matter). When people keep doing something despite it causing them problems, then they have a problem with that "something, " whether alcohol or heroin. ...Read more
It's theorized that: Alcohol consumption impairs the transmission of neurotransmitters in the hippocampus of the brain especially gaba/ gamma amino-butyric acid and n methyl d aspartate, thus causing the black out. Bottoms up! Http://en. M.Wikipedia. Org/wiki/blackout_ (alcohol-related_amnesia). ...Read more
Have a better?: Why do you continue to drink alcohol when it makes you suddenly puke? Continuing to drink when it regularly causes a particular problem IS a sign of a drinking problem, and I strongly suggest you discuss it with your health care provider. Alcohol, especially in larger amounts, causes inflammation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum, as well as pancreas and liver, and all can cause nausea. ...Read more
NO!!!!!!!!!!: The combination of Acetaminophen and alcohol can be extraordinarily dangerous, because alcohol converts the medication into more of the toxic substance which can damage the liver. While normal doses together with "social" drinking will not likely cause harm, even regular doses like 2 500 mg tabs 4 x daily can cause problems with excessive drinking. If you have problems not drinking, get help! ...Read more
Sometimes: Alchol beverages = lots of calories, so many people get the opposite. But with severe drinking - some people will drink instead of eat and become malnourished. The more thin and malnourished you are the more susceptible to adverse medical effects of alcohol. Alcoholic korsakoff's dementia - or wernikes-korsakoffs is usuallly seen in heavy drinkers w/ vitamin deficiency. ...Read more
Yes it can: Drinking alcohol affects all the cells of your body, including the ones in your brain. Especially after a time of "binge" drinking, they withdraw from the alcohol and respond with symptoms like anxiety. Mood changes like depression can happen too. Overall, it's very destabilizing for your entire system. ...Read more
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