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Doctor insights on: One To Three Alcoholic Drinks Day

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Does alcohol use weaken the immune system? I am not talking about being an alcoholic but rather a casual drinker or even one drink per day.

Does alcohol use weaken the immune system?  I am not talking about being an alcoholic but rather a casual drinker or even one drink per day.

See answer: Over time, and with other underlying medical conditions, it may make you feel run down and weaken you, but generally, a glass of wine for example, as evidenced by several European studies, may provide some cardiac benefit, and has not revealed any immune system issues. ...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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Which raises liver enzymes more, lifting weights strenuously, or drinking 2 alcoholic drinks per day? Thank you

Which raises liver enzymes more, lifting weights strenuously, or drinking 2 alcoholic drinks per day?  Thank you

Alcohol: Lifting weights may raise creatine kinase, not a liver enzyme. Alcohol at the amount you describe would not raise liver enzymes too much, in a male. There is likely to be small increase in alt and ggt. ...Read more

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What happens if you're under medication, are you really not allowed to drink alcoholic drinks?

What happens if you're under medication, are you really not allowed to drink alcoholic drinks?

With some medication: Yes, With certain medication alcohol is prohibited, contraindicated, and dangerous. If you're taking medications it is always a good idea to talk with your doctor about alcohol use. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you're under medication, are you really not allowed to drink alcoholic drinks?

Generally: It is generally contraindicated with most medications to drink alcohol and take the medicine. Some medications are more strongly contraindicated. Read the labels, but as a good rule, don't drink and take medications. ...Read more

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How much alcohol can an alcoholic safely drink?

How much alcohol can an alcoholic safely drink?

None.: Any recovered or recovering alcoholic will tell you that. Zero. Zip. Nada. If you have to ask the question, there's already something badly wrong. Even if this were possible -- why would someone who's already lost a big piece of life to the horrors of alcohol abuse ask about going back to it? ...Read more

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Can drinking alcoholic drinks make symptoms of the common cold worse?

Not usually: The common cold is characterized by a scratchy throat followed by a runny nose and possibly dull headache, chilliness or even slight fever and mild cough. I don't believe that alcohol would aggravate these symptoms. Some cough syrups contain alcohol but I'm not sure that alcohol is really that beneficial. ...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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I have OCD symptoms, but can I still smoke & drink alcoholic drinks?

Difficult : The difficulty with using any mood altering substances when you have a diagnosed condition like ocd is that it can make things worse. It can lead to addiction and complications. Its better to have a treatment team and not self medicate. ...Read more

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After drinking 6 alcoholic drinks, i took a sleeping tablet is that bad?

After drinking 6 alcoholic drinks, i took a sleeping tablet is that bad?

Not advised: I would not recommend every drinking alcohol and taking sedating sleep medication. Together alcohol and sedative/hypnotics can magnify their effects and lead to respiratory depression, which essentially means you can go to sleep and not wake up. There have been unintentional deaths as a result. This would apply to alcohol and pain meds and benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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What to do if I have OCD symptoms, but i still smoke & drink alcoholic drinks is that ok?

Depends: Both can increase anxiety and ocd symptoms because they cause and effect our overall health and ability to deal with stress. Excessive use would be particularly harmful as it dysregulates us. Often substance use starts out as an attempt to regulate emotions but it backfires. ...Read more

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Is it bad to drink 2-3 alcoholic drinks everynight while taking Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) in the morning.?

Is it bad to drink 2-3 alcoholic drinks everynight while taking Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) in the morning.?

Whoa!: Alcohol disrupts sleep, so does vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Sleep is essential for proper brain function. If you need vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), presumably to treat adhd, then you should consider backing down on the alcohol consumption. Alcohol is also anxiogenic and depressogenic, so is vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). If you have anxiety or depression, that's another reason to minimize alcohol intake. ...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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Why does a single alcoholic drink sometimes cause a bigger hangover than two or even three drinks at other times?

Why does a single alcoholic drink sometimes cause a bigger hangover than two or even three drinks at other times?

Hang over: Maybe the type of beverage, maybe you are not hydrated or haven't eaten. Maybe you have low alcohol tolerance. Hydrating with water before, during, and after gathering is always beneficial. Munchings also is good to prevent hang over. Alcohol + munchings= beer belly. ...Read more