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Doctor insights on: Teen Drinking May Cause Irreversible Brain Damage

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Does drinking a small amout (4-6 drops) of another person's urine cause brain damage to a teen boy???

Does drinking a small amout (4-6 drops) of another person's urine cause brain damage to a teen boy???

Uh, no...but...why?: Notwithstanding the close to impossible likelihood the urine was highly concentrated with a neurotoxin (in which case the donor would probably be dead) a couple of drops won't do anything. Interestingly, a gazillion years ago, doctors used to taste urine to see if it was sweet. If it was, it had glucose in it, which was suggestive of diabetes mellitus. Thank goodness for urine dipsticks... ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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Does heavy drinking always cause brain damage?

Does heavy drinking always cause brain damage?

Alcohol can damage: Alcohol can cause brain injury for chronic drinkers. If you are having trouble with chronic drinking you should consult yoiur doctor and ask for a referral to a detoxification program before brain damage becomes obvious. ...Read more

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Could drinking kill brain cells and cause brain damage?

Could drinking kill brain cells and cause brain damage?

Afffect nerve fibers: Most prominent changes associated with alcohol consumption involve myelinated massive bundles of nerve fibers that interconnect neurons in different regions of the brain. Loss of memory, slowed thinking, impaired problem solving and decision making are especially vulnerable to damage caused by alcohol consumption, because it disrupts white matter connections to the cerebral cortex and deep brain. ...Read more

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Does underage drinking cause brain damage? How severe? Please be detailed and straightforward

Does underage drinking cause brain damage? How severe? Please be detailed and straightforward

Not directly: Long term consumption of alcohol can cause brain damage. Most of the problems come from nutritional deficiencies and damage to the liver and heart. ...Read more

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Is it possible for drinking too much to kill brain cells and cause brain damage?

Is it possible for drinking too much to kill brain cells and cause brain damage?

Yes: Excessive alcohol consumption clearly leads to brain cell injury and , over time, can lead to a type of brain damage called encephalopathy. It can also lead to seizures ("rum fits"). This kind of drinking causes damage to other parts of the body as well. Primarily, the liver and kidneys. It can cause anemia and depress the immune system. Brain injury occuring while drinking leads to a worse outcom ...Read more

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Can binge drinking cause brain damage?

Can binge drinking cause brain damage?

Yes.: Either directly by its toxic effect, or indirectly by encouraging behavior leading to head injury. ...Read more

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Will one isolated incidence of acute intoxication (10+ standard drinks) cause permanent brain damage in a youth with no previous binge drinking habits

Will one isolated incidence of acute intoxication (10+ standard drinks) cause permanent brain damage in a youth with no previous binge drinking habits

Growing brain: Brain is still growing in teenagers and young brain provided given the correct nutrition can heal the damage. Do a cleanse to heal liver and gall bladder. Acute intoxication is a transient phenomenon. Intensity of intoxication lessens with time, and effects eventually disappear in the absence of further use of the substance. Recovery is therefore complete except where tissue damage exists. ...Read more

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Will underage drinking result in permanent brain damage?

Will underage drinking result in permanent brain damage?

Depends: Like most things it depends upon the amount of alcohol consumed and for how many years it is done. Younger brains are more susceptible to damage but alcohol can definitely cause damage to the brain and other organs of the body. ...Read more

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Please advise! how much alcohol does one need to drink to get brain damage?

Alcohol Brain: It is an interesting question and the answer is individual. There are people who can drink a modicum of alcohol over their life and have no brain injury and those who can have severe injury. Binge drinking is probably the worst scenario for your overall health and brain health. I have seen severe alcohol abusers whose brains looked (MRI) and functioned normally even at an advanced age. ...Read more

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If a longtime middle aged weekend binge drinker starts developing blackouts from drinking, does that mean hippocampus or other brain damage?

If a longtime middle aged weekend binge drinker starts developing blackouts from drinking, does that mean  hippocampus or other brain damage?

Alcoholism: It means that this person has drunk enough alcohol for a lifetime. It is time to consider sobriety as a way of life. Continuing to drink when blacking out will eventually lead to death. It is not too late to make a choice not to drink. I would advise at least a thirty day trial of not drinking to see what you feel and know 30 days sober. ...Read more

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Had a minor concussion 6months ago. been in a fog,dizziness,pressure in my head ever since. If I start drinking now, will I do permanent brain damage?

Had a minor concussion 6months ago. been in a fog,dizziness,pressure in my head ever since. If I start drinking now, will I do permanent brain damage?

Seek evaluation: If 6 months later you are still dizzy with head pressure from a "minor" concussion, I suggest you seek evaluation from your health care provider. That would be an important first step before you decide to drink which will only exacerbate these symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have brain damage from one episode of binge drinking, and if so, would this be caught on a brain MRI?

No.: Really not, unless you drank so much you passed out and depressed your respiratory rate so much that you deprived your brain of oxygen. You may have fried a few extra brain cells, but nothing that would be noticeable. And no, you can't see a hangover on an MRI. ...Read more

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How much alcohol must an adolescent have to consume to cause permanent brain damage or developmental problems?

How much alcohol must an adolescent have to consume to cause permanent brain damage or developmental problems?

Individual Levels: There is no one answer to this, since each individual is different. However, teenagers should not drink alcohol for a very good reason: their brains are still developing. If you add toxins (e.g., alcohol, nicotine from cigarettes, etc.) to a growing brain, you're only doing it harm. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Teenage Drinking (Definition)

Teenage drinking is an important health issue, known to be related to injuries, car accidents, future health problems with drugs and alcohol, as ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Brain Injury (Definition)

damage to, or loss of, brain tissue due to various etiologies such ...Read more