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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.