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Effects of drinking alcohol on the body fat?

Effects of drinking alcohol on the body fat?

Empty calories: Alcohol, which is basically sugar, gets converted to fat when not burned by the body for the activities of daily living. It is "empty"
calories since sugar has no nutritive value.
We all need a balanced diet and adequate vitamins to maintain optimum health. ...Read more

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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What are the effects of drinking alcohol on the body?

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What are the effects of drinking alcohol on the body?

Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots, stone formation, diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings. ...Read more

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Please tell me how drinking alcohol affects the body?

Please tell me how drinking alcohol affects the body?

Alcohol: Alcohol affects every part of the body, from brain, to liver, heart, kidneys, blood, skin, only to mention a few. ...Read more

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What acid is removed from the body after drinking alcohol?

What acid is removed from the body after drinking alcohol?

Don't understand?: Alcohol is metabolized into acetaldehyde and then into acetic acid, which is then used by the body, in the Krebs cycle, to produce energy. There is no "acid" that accumulates and needs to be removed. In patients who drink extremely large amounts of alcohol, other byproducts, such as acetone and dihydroxybutyric acid DO cause alcoholic ketoacidosis, which resolves with thiamine and fluids. ...Read more

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I stopped drinking alcohol 4 months ago and now my body is going through some dramatic changes. Is that normal?

I stopped drinking alcohol 4 months ago and now my body is going through some dramatic changes. Is that normal?

After alcohol...: Yes, absolutely after quitting drinking you might experience many changes as a result of prolonged drinking. Physical and psychological after drinking and quitting can result as the new adjustment of your body and mind ensues. If you are not under medical care it is time to do so as well as mental health close follow up. ...Read more

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32 yrs. Have been drinking alcohol regularly for half my life now. What benefits are there to giving up drinking now? Has my body adapted to alcohol?

32 yrs. Have been drinking alcohol regularly for half my life now. What benefits are there to giving up drinking now? Has my body adapted to alcohol?

Problem Drinking: If your drinking is heavy and causing personal, family, or health problems, you will have tremendous benefits from quitting. ...Read more

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Recently stopped drinking alcohol after years of moderate use, no health issues, but how long for body to truly recover be healthy after years of it?

Recently stopped drinking alcohol after years of moderate use, no health issues, but how long for body to truly recover be healthy after years of it?

It depends: Occasionally there is irreversible damage to organs as a result of chronic alcohol use. We generally consider the brain to be pretty well back to baseline after 6 months or so and after being abstinent for 12 months one is formally into remission. If not scarred the liver will get back to normal I suspect within a month or so. Talk to a physician about the details of your exam and hx. ...Read more

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What is the actual cause of the 'hang over' feeling people get after a long night of drinking alcohol? What is happening in the body?

What is the actual cause of the 'hang over' feeling people get after a long night of drinking alcohol? What is happening in the body?

Hangover: Poisoning: Alcohol poisoning. The liver cannot clear all of the toxins and they build up. You get dehydrated so the brain is not working perfectly. It is a form of alcohol poisoning and one should take that as a sign to stop for awhile. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol excessively and not being hydrated and not eating great affect the body negatively- even if the general blood panels look normal?

Can drinking alcohol excessively and not being hydrated and not eating great affect the body negatively- even if the general blood panels look normal?

Yes: Drinking alcohol excessively indeed affects the body negatively, regardless of what else is going on in one's world. Therefore, it is of the greatest importance to stop drinking alcohol excessively. Drink water instead. ...Read more

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How do I give up drinking alcohol?

How do I give up drinking alcohol?

See an Addiction spl: There are many new ambulatory treatments for alcohol that can be done in an out patient basis in most cases. See an addictionologist fit an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol good for wounds?

No: In moderation it won't hurt but won't help. A heavy drinker will skip important nutrients and that would be detrimental to healing. ...Read more

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Any drugs can reduce drinking alcohol?

Any drugs can reduce drinking alcohol?

Alcohol: There are no currently available drugs to reduce alcohol consumption. The only drug in the past used to control alcohol use was "Antabuse". This must only be used under careful medical supervision because of its SERIOUS side effects. The best drug to reduce alcohol use is self control. Barring this try good psychotherapy and or AA. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol ok. In what quantity.

Unaswerable: You do realize that we are really physicians here. Medicine has little to say about alcohol use unless it is being abused or causing damage to one's health. I believe that unless you have health consequences to your drinking then drinking rarely and slowly is a good piece of advise to remember. Moderation in all things. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits of drinking alcohol?

Are there any benefits of drinking alcohol?

Weigh carefully: Moderate drinking (2 drinks or less/day for men, and 1 drink or less/day for women) may protect against coronary artery disease and heart attack. Also this could raise levels of hdl, the "good" cholesterol, and reduce the risk of blood clots forming in coronary arteries. These small amounts could also reduce risk of dementia. Heavy drinking (4+ drinks/day, etc) negates these possible benefits. ...Read more

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Why does drinking alcohol make some people mean?

'Filter' shut down: Alcohol anesthetizes some of the higher functions of the brain, including the one that 'filters' what we say and constrains what we do. This makes many less serious (the 'fun' / 'happy' drunks), but makes others brutally honest / 'mean' or downright angry. When sober, should address this pattern with your friend and discourage him/her from alcohol use due to its negative immediate effects on them. ...Read more

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What can you get from drinking alcohol too much?

What can you get from drinking alcohol too much?

Death: By car accident, by fire (fall asleep with a lit cigarette), by dementia, but cirrhosis of the liver and a host of other ways. Is this how you want to leave this planiet? ...Read more

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Why does drinking alcohol make people lighten up?

Why does drinking alcohol make people lighten up?

It is disinhibiting.: Alcohol is a depressant which initially disinhibits people and makes them less likely to feel control over their impulses. Alcohol can impair the ability of the frontal lobe of your brain to help you use good judgment, make rational decisions, plan and organize steps. This is called executive dysfunction. Over time heavy alcohol use can cause shrinkage of the brain and memory problems. ...Read more

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What can be done to cut back on drinking alcohol?

Does alcohol cause: You impairment in life? Is alcohol causing interpersonal problems? Does it take more alcohol to get the same effect you used to have? Do you drink more than intended? Do you spend a lot of time drinking or suffering the effects of drinking? Have you tried unsuccessful to cut down or quite before. If very many of these questions were answered with a yes, then consider sobriety and aa meetings. ...Read more

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Is it normal to wet the bed after drinking alcohol?

Mutual support helps: If you bring this question to a meeting of alcoholics anonymous, you might find that you have a lot of company with this experience. ...Read more

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Occasional pain after drinking alcohol, what to do?

Occasional pain after drinking alcohol, what to do?

Prey tell, where?: Where in your entire athletic body do you feel it. This Pain?
Head, Neck, Chest, Abdomen, Testicles, legs and feet or, one arm along with its hand ...Read more

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Are there any positive benefits to drinking alcohol?

Are there any positive benefits to drinking alcohol?

Possibly-low doses: There have been associations (which does not necessarily mean that alcohol is the CAUSE of the effect) between low dose alcohol (up to 2 drinks per day in men and 1 drink in women and men over 60) and improvement in HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol), with a lower rate of coronary heart disease/heart attack, which are the major cause of death in the western world. Exercise works even better. ...Read more

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I occasionally have pain after drinking alcohol. Why?

Pain where??: If you ever put alcohol on a cut, you know that it is toxic to tissues - it burns! That is not just true of isopropyl alcohol but ethyl (beverage) alcohol as well. People can get pain in their mouth and throats, esophagus, stomach and duodenum from drinking excessive alcohol, or for those with particular sensitivity. It can also inflame the liver and pancreas, causing abdominal and back pain. ...Read more

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Can there be any harmfull effects of drinking alcohol?

One drink per day: In a healthy individual one drink per day on average is considered okay. Drinking large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis has damaging effects on multiple body systems with well-documented negative effects on brain, liver, cardiovascular system, connective tissue/skin, immune system, blood, & so forth. If you cannot stick to one drink per day consider avoiding alcohol. Do not drink with meds. ...Read more

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For what reasons drinking alcohol is not good for diet?

Lots of empty: Sugar calories. If you were dieting would you eat lots of twinkies, ho ho's, ice cream & cake? It wouldn't be a very succesfull diet if you did. The same goes for alcohol. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol easily make misscairages happen?

Alcohol & Pregnancy: Nope. But it surely can lead to damage to the development and brain of the fetus growing inside the pregnant female who is drinking alcohol while pregnant. ...Read more

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What can cause me to feel guilty about drinking alcohol?

What can cause me to feel guilty about drinking alcohol?

When you're aware: That you're drinking compulsively, you might feel guilty for drinking alcohol. This awareness might come to you after an episode where you black out or forget what you did when drinking, or someone confronts you with your behavior the next day. Or, someone in your life is telling you that you're drinking too much, and you "try" to cut back but can't. If desired, you can get help through aa. ...Read more

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Why do my shoulders and side hurt after drinking alcohol?

Uncertain: You may have some GI upset that is causing diaphragmatic irritation. The nerve from the diaphragm goes to the shoulder area.
Best answer-stop drinking alcohol. ...Read more