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Lipitor Alcohol Consumption
Reduce alcohol use:: Start with a non-alcoholic drink, delay the 1st alcoholic drink & increase the delay, measure your drinks, limit to 1/hr, drink slowly, be aware of each drink, alternate alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks, eat before & during drinking, rally support of friends, learn your triggers for excessive drinking & modify/avoid them, fill your life with natural highs, & measure your progress. ...Read more
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
Alcohol in Diabetics:
As per national Institute of Health:
Alcohol use can worsen diabetes-related medical complications, such as disturbances in fat metabolism, nerve damage, and eye disease.
long-term alcohol ingestion in diabetics who are not adequately nourished can lead to dangerously low blood sugar levels.
Please continue follow up with your Physician and discuss Diabetes and your Alcohol use.
Alcohol and Blood:
This is an excellent question.
There are two answers that may sound like they contradict each other.
Alcohol thins the blood. This means that it does not clot so easily and too much alcohol, affecting the liver, can lead to easily bruising and such.
But, drinking alcohol is also dehydrating. You pee off more fluid than you consume...Which can make the blood thicker and thus lead to slowing.. ...Read more
Alcohol: Depends on the amount consumed & the length of time, as well as the status of your organs such as brain, liver, etc. ...Read more
B vitamin deficiency:
Alcohol causes vitamin b1 deficiency, the most serious, also resulting in greater alcohol intake.Vitamin b6 can't be converted to its active form.
Decreased liver absorption and increased urinary excretion of many b vitamins and especially Folic Acid is noted. Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid (vitamin b9) deficiency
produce macrocytic anemia
(enlarged blood cells). Treatment: vitamins b12+
b9+b complex. ...Read more
Yes: It's certainly possible for your pancreas to heal faster if you stop alcohol consumption, but it depends on why your pancreas is not functioning normally. Alcohol can put a strain on your pancreas, so drinking can make a damaged pancreas worse. Please consult with your physician. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more
Decades: But it depends on the kind of cancer, and whether other co-promoters or enhancers (like tobacco, or hepatitis C) are present. The most common alcohol-associated cancers are head and neck cancer, where alcohol doubles or triples risk, smoking increases it eight fold, but the combination increases it 150 times that of non-smokers, non-drinkers; and liver cancer, where hep C contributes as well. ...Read more
Outstanding question: There is at least one sub-type of alcoholism. (and likely addiction in general) where alcohol use has been documented to increase with ssris (and other anti depressants?) patients are younger onset and with strong family histories of alcohol use. These are not perfect criteria however. The meds cause increased irritability and impulsiveness. Few doctors are aware of these studies. ...Read more
Drink your calories: Alcohol contains calories and calories translate into pounds. 3500 calories equals on pound. So when you drink alcohol it goes directly toward your daily caloric intake. You can check the labels on your beer or other bottle drinks. You can look up calorie info on mixed drinks. Good rule of thumb is if you are trying to lose weight- don't drink your calories :). ...Read more
Do health consequences result from excessive alcohol consumption on the liver? If so, what are they?
Several. . .: Alcohol can cause several forms of liver injury. (1) alcoholic steatohepatitis - "fatty hepatitis" in which the liver cells are injury and balloon up with fat. (2) alcoholic hepatitis - a severe form of hepatitis (inflammation) triggered by alcohol which can be fatal in up to 50% of cases. (3) alcoholic cirrhosis - chronic ongoing injury which leads to cirrhosis and potentially liver cancer. ...Read more
Can gout be a symptom of withdrawl from alcohol, particularly after excessive alcohol consumption over many years?
I understand it is ill advised to take coreg (carvedilol) cr within two hours of alcohol consumption correct? What about the standard stuff?
Hi. What could cause severe chest pain radiating to shoulders, following little alcohol consumption? (non-smoker, non-drinker… no phx.) thx.
Chest pains: Pain in your chest is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your pcp is warranted. Rec.: see your pcp for further investigation. Take care. ...Read more
I drink too much and now feel that I am getting addicted. What should I do yo reduce the alcohol consumption. And also am always under deep stress?
Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more
What are the downsides to Antabuse (disulfiram) or similar? Seems like a no brainer if one wants a bit of neg reinforcement to alcohol consumption?
Can't drink: If you are serious about not drinking it can be helpful--if you impulsively drink you may end up in the ER! People who really don't want to quit say shaving lotion makes them sick or what if they eat something cooked in wine etc. Sounds like you are serious about not drinking & it should be of help to you! ...Read more
Being drunk: Being intoxicated are the primary manifestations -- slurred speech, loss of control of fine motor movements, confusion with tasks requiring thinking, emotional instability, sometimes irritability, inappropriate laughter, staggering gait -- all the way to stupor and coma. If using despite harm to relationships and social responsibilities (like work) these are all signs of excessive use. ...Read more
Zieve's syndrome: Although quite a rare illness, there is something called Zieve's syndrome, wherein alcohol consumption can lead to hemolysis. The mechanism of hemolysis in Zieve's syndrome is not entirely understood. Alcohol is a toxin, and has damaging effects to the body -which is really too bad. Hopefully you can get some help, as hemolytic anemia can be bad news, as well as the liver problems etc with alcohol ...Read more
Makes it worse: Alcohol increases the level of uric acid, which is the chemical responsible for gout in predisposed individuals. In some people, gout only occurs when they are drinking. The byproducts of alcohol are excreted preferentially to the byproducts of uric acid, raising their levels, in some people raising them markedly. People with gout should not use alcohol, or drink very sparingly. ...Read more
Atorvastatin has the brand name lipitor (atorvastatin).. Its function is to lower the body's production of cholesterol and to stabilize current cholesterol plaques. The general name for this class of medication is "statins". Other statins include Crestor (rosuvastatin) ...Read more