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Will Abuse Cause
Memory problems: Long term alcohol abuse can cause something called amnestic syndrome as part of a condition called wernicke-korsokoff syndrome. With such a condition, a person's short term memory is greatly diminished and in severe cases, non-existent. One can imagine the problems not being able to remember any new information can cause. An individual with such a problem can forget all new information. ...Read more
Yes: Marijuana use temporarily relieves depression/anxiety and withdrawal exacerbates this. Withdrawal can take weeks to resolve. Several years ago, a study comparing daily users to a normal population found a lower incidence of depression in marijuana users suggesting a treatment of depression by marijuana. However, too many side effects and varying serum levels make it a poor choice for rx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Related but no cause: Tobacco & alcohol r both addictive. Many people w/ alcohol dependence also smoke tobacco & r addicted. However, it is a stretch to say that tobacco use "causes" alcohol addiction. Smoking cessation classes r a form of substance abuse treatment. If u r alcohol dependent it's important to be assessed to see if u need detox meds to avoid dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Aa & treatmt r also very helpful. ...Read more
It can: Make you more at risk for diabetes. Heavy drinking can make you less sensitive to insulin. Also heavy drinking can cause chronic pancreatitis which can cause insulin production problems. So this can add to the risk of developing diabetes. Your genetic make up plays the largest role. But drinking can help speed things up ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Powders & Potions: Wood alcohol (methanol) can contaminate moonshine whiskey and lead to rapid, permanent vision loss. Tobacco-alcohol amblyopia is a vitamin deficiency that may be partially reversible. Talc powder, as a contaminant of intravenous drugs, can cause capillary occlusion in the retina. Marijuana and hallucinogens alter the visual experience, but do not cause vision loss. Mj is good for glaucoma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Hepatitis c is a viral infection that is spread by blood to blood contact such as sharing needles or from blood transfusions before they were screened for hep c. There is mounting evidence that hep c is also spread by sexual contact. Taking pain medications has nothing to do with hepatitis c spread. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Addictive Disease: Dr. Nora volkow, head of the natl. Institute for drug abuse describes an addiction as a: brain disease, which causes a person to engage in a behaviors which may lead to dire consequences, the person knows that, but continues the behaviors. It is possible to be addicted to food, gambling, sex, drug or alcohol. Chronic alcohol abuse can adversely affect every organ in the body except kidneys. ...Read more
Yes.: Drug abuse has been associated with a number of different mental health problems. Mood changes (depression, anger outbursts), impulsive behavior, psychosis, anxiety, social withdrawal, lack of motivation are all common consequences of drug abuse. There are studies that show specific mental health problems associated with certain drugs. ...Read more
Many ways: Smoking contains many cancer causing chemicals due to tobacco. It also has lots of nicotine. As a result smokers frequently develop damage to their airways(emphysema), circulation(heart attacks, stroke) and are at increased risk for several cancers like lung cancer, mouth and throat cancer. So it is one of the most dangerous health damaging habits. So you should get off of it as soon as you can! ...Read more
Can being addicted to opiates particularly heroin cause hair loss. And will it eventually grow back?.
Chronic Opioids: Whether heroin, suboxone or morphine-like drugs can all affect your hormonal systems particularly the gonadal systems that include estrogen, progesterone, dhea, pregnenolone as well as your bodies production of cortisol. Hair loss in general is a complex process and regrowth can't always be predicted without more info. You need to see doc to check out all of these systems and get you your answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause...: There are many causes of anemia, and each will cause a different degree of anemia and will be different in how quickly they drop a person's red blood cell count. In an extreme case, say severe autoimmune mediated hemolytic anemia, the person could die with a couple of days. On the other side, many causes of anemia result in stable disease (does not progressively get worse). ...Read more
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