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I drank a few alcoholic beverages before I found out I was pregnant, should I be worried? There were a couple nights I went out drinking before I realized I was pregnant. Is this something I should be worried about?

I drank a few alcoholic beverages before I found out I was pregnant, should I be worried? There were a couple nights I went out drinking before I realized I was pregnant. Is this something I should be worried about?

Many: Many women indulge in one two many margaritas before they know they are pregnant and wind up beating themselves over the head for the next nine months. But please don’t be so hard on yourself. While alcohol and pregnancy aren’t exactly peas and carrots, a few nights of drinking in early pregnancy are unlikely to lead to problems. We don’t know exactly how much alcohol is safe in pregnancy, but what we do know is that it appears to take regular, sustained, high dose alcohol consumption to cause fetal alcohol syndrome, a severe disability characterized by mental retardation, birth defects, developmental delay, and a whole host of other abnormalities. What we don’t know is how much alcohol may cause what we call fetal alcohol spectrum disorders- which, in addition to the abnormalities associated with fetal alcohol syndrome also include more subtle problems, such as learning disabilities, behavioral issues like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), and psychiatric conditions.

Elizabeth armstrong, phd, princeton professor and author of conceiving risk, bearing responsibility: fetal alcohol syndrome and the diagnosis of moral disorder agrees that women shouldn’t beat themselves up. “there is no epidemiologically sound evidence that an occasional drink during pregnancy will harm the developing fetus. However, many women have indeed been made to feel as if they are ‘terrible mothers’ if they even so much as contemplate having a drink while pregnant.”

your best bet is to steer clear or at least limit alcohol intake once you know you’re pregnant, but if you slipped up before you knew, give yourself a hug and let it go. You can’t change the past, and the future is bright. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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What part of ANS would be affected if one gets tachycardia after eating and drinking alcoholic beverages (wine coolers)? Is that a sign of dysfunction?

What part of ANS would be affected if one gets tachycardia after eating and drinking alcoholic beverages (wine coolers)? Is that a sign of dysfunction?

May be normal: To some degree, it is normal to get some increase in heart rate after eating & drinking (esp high sugar foods like alcohol) as digestion naturally increases the work of the heart/Increased blood flows to the stomach to aid digestion. The vagus nerve interfaces with the autonomic, parasympathetic control of heart rate, and may impact this response. If this is only/main symptom, not dysfunction. ...Read more

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Does drinking one or two alcoholic beverages negatively affect memory or other brain functions? I (22 yr old) suffer from poor memory and am worried.

Does drinking one or two alcoholic beverages negatively affect memory or other brain functions? I (22 yr old) suffer from poor memory and am worried.

Doubtful: It's unlikely that just a couple of drinks have that major of an effect on your brain. Some people do just have poor memory. There are specific areas of your brain that deal with memory - immediate, short and long term memory. Should see a neurologist for evaluation, but if determined no organic cause, then you can "exercise" your brain and quite dramatically improve memory function! ...Read more

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What is the effect of taking up medicine and drinking alcoholic beverages?

What is the effect of taking up medicine and drinking alcoholic beverages?

Risky/dangerous: A total of 886 drugs (5667 brand and generic names) are known to interact with alcohol (contained in alcoholic beverages) (ethanol). 130 major drug interactions, 722 moderate drug interactions, 34 minor drug interactions.
Ask your prescriber and/or pharmacist about your specific medications. ...Read more

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Help please! Is drinking mixed alcoholic drink better than just drinking beers?

Help please! Is drinking mixed alcoholic drink better than just drinking beers?

Both are bad: Mixed drinks and beer are the same after a fashion. The rule is alcohol in the drink. Making a mixed drink, you may get more alcohol in the drink than the 1oz the drink calls for. Beer can vary with alcohol by volume (german weiss/wheat beers versus american lagers). So neither is better. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcoholic beverages affect my sarcoidosis?

Will drinking alcoholic beverages affect my sarcoidosis?

YES: Alcohol affects everything. It is a toxin. You have t decide if it is worth the risk and this will be determined by the severity of your disease. It will also affect the metabolism and affect of any medications you may be taking. Safest course is to not drink it. The more severe your sarcoid or more meds you take the greater your risk. ...Read more

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When can you start drinking again alcoholic beverages after a tonsillectomy?

When can you start drinking again alcoholic beverages after a tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy: When the tissues are healed, no pain with swallowing acidic or solid foods. ...Read more

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Does drinking rum affect the nervous system in ways that are different than other alcoholic beverages?

Does drinking rum affect the nervous system in ways that are different than other alcoholic beverages?

Alcohol is alcohol: The only difference between different forms of alcohol is the percent of alcohol in the drink, which in combination with the amount consumed determines the effective dose of alcohol. This absorption of the dose may be altered by several factors, such as whether food is present in the stomach. ...Read more

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Why do many prescription drugs have warnings against drinking alcoholic beverages concomitantly?

Why do many prescription drugs have warnings against drinking alcoholic beverages concomitantly?

Very good reasons: In drugs that are central nervous system depressants, alcohol can increase their effects, sometimes dramatically, and result in overdose. With antibiotics, alcohol interferes with the body's ability to fight infection. Alcohol has many drug interactions, where it can increase or decrease the effectiveness of a particular drug, either causing more toxic effects or reducing the benefits. ...Read more

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Had a alcoholic drink friday night was fine Saturday but sunday had fullness, bloating and pain when bending over in liver area is drinking the cause?

Had a alcoholic drink friday night was fine Saturday but sunday had fullness, bloating and pain when bending over in liver area is drinking the cause?

Pain in the liver: Hello ~ I certainly hope not because it will create havoc amongst the "sun-downer set" in the world! It sounds as though you had some indigestion of some kind. Try taking a bit of antacid and if you do have a heavy cocktail schedule in the offing, perhaps better not to indulge till this settles thanks ...Read more

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Can there be any scientific proof between pregnant women drinking alcohol and having alcoholic children?

Can there be any scientific proof between pregnant women drinking alcohol and having alcoholic children?

Maybe: Antenatal alcohol exposure can lead to a developmentally delayed or disabled child. Alcohol can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, which can injure many organ systems & may affect the person for a lifetime. Antenatal alcohol exposure increases risk for adhd, & other neurologic conditions that predispose to alcoholism in later life. Doctors rightly advise against alcohol consumption during pregnancy. ...Read more

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I'm 9 weeks pregnant and have been drinking non-alcoholic ginger beer (26g of ginger/bottle!) daily. Is this likely to cause problems?

I'm 9 weeks pregnant and have been drinking non-alcoholic ginger beer (26g of ginger/bottle!) daily. Is this likely to cause problems?

Non alcoholic: Even though your beverage is labeled with the word beer, it is non alcoholic and therefore safe in pregnancy. The amount of ginger that you are getting is also safe in pregnancy, and maybe even stay off some morning sickness. Good luck with your pregnancy, continue good habits. ...Read more

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How long after Achilles tendon rupture repair can you start drinking alcoholic beverages again?

How long after Achilles tendon rupture repair can you start drinking alcoholic beverages again?

Bigger question?: What other meds are you taking now that's not on the profile. This can impact whether or not you can take alcohol or not. If you are still on pain meds, muscle relaxants, etc. Then it's not advisable to do so. Check with your surgeon for the best answer, so they can document your request in your chart. We can't advise or treat, but your doctor can. This would be best! ...Read more

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For two days I've had two numb spots in my right leg, I'm not sure what's wrong, I was drinking a large amount of alcoholic beverages, could that be w?

For two days I've had two numb spots in my right leg, I'm not sure what's wrong, I was drinking a large amount of alcoholic beverages, could that be w?

Numbness: If the numbness persists, you should see a doctor. Not sure if it's related to heavy alcohol consumption. What sometimes can happen is that if you "pass out" and lie on one part of your body for extended periods without moving, that can cause a form of trauma to the nerve which could be causing the numbness. If you drink like that frequently, check your B12 level. Low B12 can cause nerve problems. ...Read more

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How long after having wisdom teeth pulled do you have to wait before you drinking alcoholic beverages?

How long after having wisdom teeth pulled do you have to wait before you drinking alcoholic beverages?

5-6 days: As long as you are healing normally with no complications you should be able to resume reasonable consumption of alcoholic beverages after 5-6 days with out hurting the healing process. ...Read more

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Why I get itchy hives after drinking certain alcoholic beverages i.E. Beer, some red wine etc but ok with others?  

Why I get itchy hives after drinking certain alcoholic beverages i.E. Beer, some red wine etc but ok with others?  

Tough question: Because wine & beer don't share common ingredients other than alcohol & you tolerate other alcoholic beverages. You might have 2 allergies - hops & something else in wine. Try michelob - supposedly made with rice hops. Is there a pattern to your wine hives - grape variety, region of origin, etc. Or be the designated driver. You may not be the life of the party but you will help save lives. ...Read more

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I have primary pulmonary hypertention, it seems to be stable at the time. But lately I keep getting these fast heart rates when I do certain things, a glass of wine will bring on an episode even drinking very cold non alcoholic beverages, heart rate 160-

I have primary pulmonary hypertention, it seems to be stable at the time. But lately I keep getting these fast heart rates when I do certain things, a glass of wine will bring on an episode even drinking very cold non alcoholic beverages, heart rate 160-

Prbable svt: Sounds like you may have psvt or paroxysmal supra ventricular tachycardia.It may be related to your pulm issues or some of the medications your on, but also could be related to electrolyte abn, thyroid dz, caffiene intake etc. A event moniter would be helpful in order to capture the rythm during symptoms. ...Read more

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Can a person contract HSV 1 if sharing an alcoholic drink but uninfected person used a straw and the infected person drank from cup directly?

Can a person contract HSV 1 if sharing an alcoholic drink but uninfected person used a straw and the infected person drank from cup directly?

No.: Hsv1 (herpes simplex virus type 1) (cold sore virus) and hsv2 (herpes simplex virus type 2) (genital herpes) are both spread by direct skin contact. You cannot get cold sores from sharing the same cup and you cannot get genital herpes from seating on a toilet seat. ...Read more

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Which one is better, drinking cold or hot water during pregnancy?

Which one is better, drinking cold or hot water during pregnancy?

Atlhough you can: Drink hot or cold water while pregnant; from a traditional chinese medicine perspective - room temperature is optimal. The concepts are a little complex & come from the perspective of eastern medicine. See: http://universaltcm. Wordpress. Com/education-information/cold-foods-cold-drinks-caused-health-problems/. ...Read more

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Is it more harmful to drink just one alcoholic drink of 30% a month then to drink the same glass 2x a week?

Is it more harmful to drink just one alcoholic drink of 30% a month then to drink the same glass 2x a week?

Missing Context: This question is unanswerable. What is harmful about one time drinking of an alcoholic beverage? What is harmful from minimal alcohol intake? I think we are missing the purpose or reason behind this question. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have one alcoholic drink if I take zyrtec (cetirizine) daily?

Is it ok to have one alcoholic drink if I take zyrtec (cetirizine) daily?

Yes: Unless zyrtec (cetirizine) makes you drowsy (about 10% chance) and in that case alcohol would likely make you even drowsier- a fact to consider before operating heavy machinery or driving. ...Read more

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Is drinking one or two cups of coffee going to harm the baby during my pregnancy?

Is drinking one or two cups of coffee going to harm the baby during my pregnancy?

No.: There is no evidence that a small amount of caffeine is harmful. Try to avoid during first trimester as there was a study suggesting excess caffeine in early pregnancy may increase the risk of miscarriage. ...Read more

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I took a one time dose (150mg) of fluconazole 24 hours ago. Is it safe to have an alcoholic drink tonight?

I took a one time dose (150mg) of fluconazole 24 hours ago. Is it safe to have an alcoholic drink tonight?

Yes, if. . .: Check out http://www. Drugs. Com/mtm/fluconazole.html for more info on antifungal fluconazole. Assuming that you're not pregnant, one alcoholic drink tonite should be fine (two if you're a guy) after fluconazole yesterday. This also assumes that you don't have any liver disease. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have an alcoholic drink every night, even if it's just one?

Is it bad to have an alcoholic drink every night, even if it's just one?

Not usually: But it depends on the size of that one drink and how much alcohol it contains. A "beverage alcohol equivalent" is equal to one 12 ounce beer, 4 ounces of wine or one ounce of whiskey or hard liquor. For most people, having one drink per night isn't harmful. Some studies suggest that there is actually a benefit to one drink per night, especially red wine due to the antioxidants. Check with your dr. ...Read more

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Can I have one alcoholic drink (wine or mixed drink) the night before a tonsillectomy?

Can I have one alcoholic drink (wine or mixed drink) the night before a tonsillectomy?

Why chance it: Ask the surgeon to be sure, but why chance any issues with your surgery. Usually, the surgeon will require a patient to be npo (nulla per os-nothing by mouth) the night before, which would mean you should not. Good luck with your surgery. ...Read more

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I am experiencing none to one alcoholic drink/day and feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress).

I am experiencing none to one alcoholic drink/day and feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress).

Question.: I am sorry but the question appears to have been left off. Please consider resubmitting with a clear & specific question. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have one alcoholic drink (i.E. A beer) in between two back-to-back one-hour sessions of tennis?

Is it safe to have one alcoholic drink (i.E. A beer) in between two back-to-back one-hour sessions of tennis?

Not a great idea: Alcoholic beverages are dehydrating. The effects of drinking are individual and can be affected by your age, your fitness level, and how intensely you are playing. At the minimum, your performance will suffer. You are also increasing the risk of heat related illnesses. ...Read more