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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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I've been having congestion for three days after a one time binge drinking night. Could it be alcohol related? I didn't go to the ER till next day.

I've been having congestion for three days after a one time binge drinking night. Could it be alcohol related? I didn't go to the ER till next day.

Regular binging?: If you binge on a consistent basis then, you could be a bit immunocompromised which could open you up to simple infections such as upper respiratory or the like. So, from that perspective yes, it's possible. Otherwise, it is likely a coincidence. You should still get it checked out if it's bothering you to make sure it doesn't require antibiotics. Wanna talk more? My Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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Returned from a week of binge drinking & had a blood test done next day GGT 275 & HBsAb 2.0 Is alcohol the reason and is my liver damaged?

Returned from a week of binge drinking & had a blood test done next day GGT 275 & HBsAb 2.0 Is alcohol the reason and is my liver damaged?

Let's sober up!: Truth be told, Ms. Deb, I'm glad you wrote. You're liver's not happy about that alcohol, and is hurting, but nothing that won't heal with sobriety. The HBsAb just means you're immune, perhaps immunized. My sense is that you already regret the binge drinking, and realize that the real danger is to your life, your brain, your career, and your relationships with those who love you. Let us help you. ...Read more

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I get diarrhoea every time i drink alcohol. It is especially bad with beer or cider. I have been binge drinking for 8 years now.Bloodtest say im fine?

I get diarrhoea every time i drink alcohol. It is especially bad with beer or cider. I have been binge drinking for 8 years now.Bloodtest say im fine?

Don't drink: It sounds like you've been a rather chronic drinker. I don't know how much you drink but if you fear going into withdrawal then it would be best to sign in for detox. I don't want to see you get dehydrated from the diarrhea which he described as severe. You should definitely stop the alcohol, but only in safe setting, and regardless of what your blood test showed, you need to see a G.I. Doctor to find out the exact cause of your diarrhea. It may be the alcohol or it actually could be something else. Push fluids nonalcoholic fluids and contact your doctor at the earliest possibility. If you're getting too dehydrated and have someheadaches lightheadedness dizziness and leg cramps, you should have someone drive you to the emergency room for fluid replacement. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does emotional instability increase with alcohol consumption? Days of heavy drinking back to back as opposed to binge drinking?

Does emotional instability increase with alcohol consumption? Days of heavy drinking back to back as opposed to binge drinking?

Yes but : Binge drinking is not better! the first organ to b dammaged by alcohol is the CNS meaning the brain. Alcohol is the fakest friend u can imagine! it is a CNS depressant that destroys sleep, mood & personality much quicker than pple usually think. Avoid both daily heavy drinking or weekend alcohol binge, b safe & keep ur best asset healthy! ...Read more

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How can binge drinking affect happiness?

How can binge drinking affect happiness?

Depression: Alcoholism is known to cause depression and anxiety among other problems. Not much good to say about alcoholism in any form. Increases risk for high-blood pressure, certain cancers, sleep apnea, heart disease, etc. You need to get help. Reach out to someone. http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone is binge drinking?

What does it mean when someone is binge drinking?

Alcoholism: Binge drinking is often one of the most difficult forms of alcohol abuse to treat. The person often doesn't crave alcohol in between episodes and there can be weeks in between but their weakness is that once they start drinking they cannot stop until he either black out or pass out in many cases. The risks are significant. Alcohol poisoning, car accidents, physical fights other activities that are not remembered the next day have landed many people in jail, some for life as a result of binge drinking.Fortunately, for those who cannot control it, there are treatment options. Medicinal treatment options include campral, daily naltrexone, and monthly injections called vivitrol.Alcohol counseling and psychotherapy and treatment of any accompanying psychiatric condition should also be undertaken.Any physical diseases occurring at the same time should also be addressed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can psychology be used to treat binge drinking?

Yes: Different types of psychological therapy can indeed be used to help binge drinking symptoms decrease. Also, 12 step programs if run effectively, in addition to therapy can be very helpful. ...Read more

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What are some harmful effects of binge drinking coffee?

Depends: On what you think is a binge. Some people drink 20 cups of coffee a day without any apparent problems. Others have one cup of coffee and have a tremor and can't sleep that night. Most people who drink coffee consume 2-3 cups per day, and rarely drink it after mid-afternoon. This rarely causes problems. In sensitive people, it can elevate blood pressure &pulse, cause insomnia and anxiety & headache. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Tosca
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Binge Drinking (Definition)

Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking many alcoholic beverages in a short time. A binge may be 5+ drinks for men and 4+ drinks for ...Read more