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Teen Drinking May Cause Irreversible Brain Damage
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
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
Does drinking a small amount (3-5drops) of lead containing urine only once cause brain damage to a teen drinker????
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does the kind of brain damage caused by binge drinking show up on a brain MRI? Could you have a normal MRI result and still have 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
How likely is it to get brain damage from a weekly drinking pattern of abstaining 6 days a week and getting drunk the 7th day?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Got a Concussion 4 months ago, dull headache (3/10 severity) ever since. If I drink this weekend, will I sustain any permanent cognitive 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?
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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