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Sir I already had pancreatitis last year was heavy drinking with smoking and hospitalized 15 days. 4 months not touch anything but after that I take bear in a week 2 time 1,2 650 ml. Now in 3 months i'm once or twice in the week start alcohol. Please advice me for future what to do. Thanks.

Dr. S.K. Tandon 96% (43002 ratings)
M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG, CCCS ( CARDIOLOGY & STROKE)
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
Sir I already had pancreatitis last year was heavy drinking with smoking and hospitalized 15 days. 4 months not touch...
Oh my god why you started trigger factors like alcohol. It may again result in pancreatitis and fatty liver.
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Alcohol - Balancing Benefits Of It!

Dr. Harsha Kadam 91% (10 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Hyderabad
Alcohol - Balancing Benefits Of It!

For long, there have been campaigns and discussions about the harmful effects and diseases associated with alcohol consumption. In most cases, it is not the alcohol, but the quantity consumed that affects a person. Limited consumption of alcohol can, in fact, work to your advantage. Alcohol, when consumed in moderation, helps to avert, check or improve many medical conditions and health ailments.

  1. Deal with common cold effectively - According to research, the antioxidants present in wine helps to fight common cold better. Limited intake of alcohol, red wine to be precise (~1-2 glasses per day), can, thus, help to reduce the instances of a common cold significantly.
     
  2. Weight loss made easy - Studies conducted by the Oregon State University suggest that certain varieties of red wine (the Red Muscadine Wine) can play a pivotal role in weight reduction. The Red Muscadine, a variety of wine grapes used to make red wine contains ellagic acid. It is this ellagic acid that helps to cease or slow down the growth and development of the fat cells. Red wine also helps to manage fatty liver effectively.
     
  3. Keep cardiovascular diseases at bay - The high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as the Good Cholesterol is indeed good for the body. It acts as a shield, keeping the heart healthy. Moderate alcohol consumption helps to elevate the level of HDL. One of the main reasons attributing to heart attacks are the small blood clots that block the arteries of the brain, heart and neck. Alcohol (limited intake) has been able to put a check in the formation of such blood clots.
     
  4. Reduced instances of cognitive impairment - Reports suggest that people who consume alcohol within limits are less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Moderate consumption tends to make the brain cells fit and more active, thus, enabling the cells to deal with stress and other related factors.
     
  5. A little wine for a better libido - Limited consumption of wine is good for a better sexual life. Research indicates that the antioxidants present in wine act as a catalyst, resulting in an improved libido (lowers the incidences of erectile dysfunction in men). A little wine can work wonders for women as well (increasing their sexual desires and feelings).
     
  6. Enjoy a diabetes-free life - Type 2 Diabetes and the associated ailments and complications can make life miserable. However, people who consume a small quantity of alcohol (preferably 1-2 glasses per day) are at a lower risk of developing diabetes (Type 2). A path-breaking finding indeed!

People with moderate alcohol consumption are also at a lower risk of developing gallstones. The high silicon content in beer helps to strengthen the bones, but only when consumed within limits. Beer is also rich in calcium, magnesium and vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin).

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Hello Doctor, Could you please tell me that can we drink whiskey or vodka in a moderate amount or once in a year. It is safe for health or heart once in a year? Is there any risk of cancer or liver disease while drinking once a year?

Dr. Prakhar Singh 93% (1867 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
Hello Doctor, Could you please tell me that can we drink whiskey or vodka in a moderate amount or once in a year. It ...
Whiskey is an alcoholic drink, hence, in spite of its health benefits, it has far more damaging side effects if not taken in moderation, some of these include: alcohol poisoning, causing elevated heart rates, nausea, and vomiting. It various on individual that how their body reacts to alcohol and also their medical history is responsible to absorb its benefits or harmful effects.
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I get very delayed hangovers the day after drinking and was wondering if that relates to problems with my liver. I also get really bad stomach pains the day after drinking and was wondering how to prevent that.

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 92% (29400 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
I get very delayed hangovers the day after drinking and was wondering if that relates to problems with my liver. I al...
It may be affecting pancreas. It can be pancreatis and very serious condition. Better be very careful.
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Heart Problem - How Alcohol Can Impact It?

Dr. Rajiv Agarwal 90% (74 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology
Cardiologist, Delhi
Heart Problem - How Alcohol Can Impact It?

You must have heard this very often that drinking alcohol can lead to heart problems or even a heart attack, but you might not be sure how this is exactly explained. There is no doubt that consuming anything in excess can lead to serious health issues. Interestingly experts invariably mention that a drink or two every day keeps your heart healthy and can even prevent a stroke from occurring. So how does this gel with the conclusion that alcohol is not good for your heart? 

It starts with pre-existing conditions
Before one even considers this question of excessive alcohol consumption, the more critical issue is there are certain categories of people who should not go anywhere near a bottle of the liquor. These are:

  • Diabetics
  • Those with known conditions of high BP
  • People who have already suffered strokes or have heart-related issues
  • Those having high triglycerides and also
  • Those already consuming certain medications for any condition not related to above
  • You can add pregnant women to this as well as people who are already obese.

In the case of these people, the risk of alcohol consumption is high and as far as possible they should avoid drinking any alcoholic liquor. The difficulty that arises in most cases is people may not be aware that they could be carrying some of these conditions and they would be merrily enjoying their evening drinks or even a weekend binge. These could be quite dangerous for their health. In the last category listed above, alcohol might react adversely with some drugs and if the person is taking the drugs regularly, it puts him/her directly in the line of risk of heart failure.

The effect of alcohol on your system
The chemistry part of this is explained that alcohol can directly impact the individual’s blood pressure. It tends to increase as the person keeps drinking over and over. Simultaneously there is an increase in certain fats in the bloodstream. Indirectly, this fat could lead to obesity and that could precipitate disorders like diabetes.

Apart from this, there is sufficient evidence to link excessive drinking to life-threatening diseases like cancer, peptic ulcers and serious deficiencies in the liver that can lead to fatality. So from every perspective, consumption of alcohol of any concentration, meaning whether it is beer or wine or the harder forms like whisky and rum, the risk to the heart is real and for those with prior conditions, the damage to the health could only get hastened.

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How To Deal With Addiction?

Dr. Yash Velankar 93% (493 ratings)
M.S.Psychotherapy and counseling, M.A-Philosophy, B.A.M.S, Meditation Therapist, Cerificate in REBT
Psychologist, Mumbai
How To Deal With Addiction?

Alcohol, tobacco and drugs; these are some of the most common substances that people can get addicted to. Getting addicted is easy but to get rid of your habit is hard.

Here are a few things that could help:

  1. Set a date: Addicts who tell themselves that they will quit tomorrow often never end up doing so. Set a date for yourself when you will have your last smoke and drink. Ideally, you should set this date a few weeks from the day you decide to give up your bad habits to allow yourself to be mentally prepared.
  2. Find new friends: Peep pressure is one of the most common reasons for an addiction to begin. Hence, the first thing to do when you are trying to give up a bad habit is to stay away from the people you associate with that habit and make new friends.
  3. Hold yourself accountable to someone: While you can give in to yourself, it is harder to make excuses for doing something when you are being held accountable by someone else. Find a mentor or a friend who will be there for you and who will ‘sponsor’ your deaddiction.
  4. Find your weak spots: Every habit is triggered by certain factors. If you have decided to try and give up a bad habit, identify the factors that trigger it and avoid them. For example, your morning cup of coffee may trigger the need for a cigarette. By replacing coffee with juice, you can make your morning a little easier.
  5. Take up a new hobby: A hobby is a great way to distract yourself from cravings. Crossword puzzles and Sudoku are great as indoor hobbies while swimming is an excellent outdoor hobby. You could even try gardening or crafts.
  6. Exercise: One of the many benefits of exercising is that it can help boost endorphins and make you feel happier and thus less likely to crave cigarettes of alcohol. Aim for at least half an hours exercise each day.
  7. Maintain a journal: Some days are good and some days are bad. To give yourself a balanced view of your deaddiction process, maintain a journal. Write down your achievements as well as your pitfalls and be proud of what you have achieved for yourself.
  8. Help someone else: The best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Similarly, with addiction, the best way to be strong and give up a bad habit is to help someone else do it. This way, you are forced to be a good example and give up the habit yourself.
  9. Ask for help: Do not be so proud as to not be able to ask for help when you need it. Remember, it is better to appear weak and ask for help rather than go back to your addiction.
  10. Don’t give up: Relapses are common but they do not have to be the end of your efforts. If you do have a bad day and have a few drags of smoke or maybe a drink, tell yourself that it’s ok. Identify the reasons why you gave in to yourself and start afresh from the next morning.

Treatment through Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness involves two primary elements: focused attention and open monitoring. During the practice of focused attention, attention is concentrated on a sensory object (often the sensation of breathing) while one acknowledges and then stops from distracting thoughts and emotions. Focused attention practices are often preceded by the practice of open monitoring. Open monitoring is a metacognitive state of awareness in the sense that it involves monitoring the content of consciousness while reflecting back on the process or quality of consciousness itself. This form of mindfulness practice is thought to reduce anxiety to a larger extent.

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Alcohol - How Can It Impact Us?

Multi Speciality, Mumbai
Alcohol - How Can It Impact Us?

Alcohol addiction commonly known as alcoholism is a fairly common problem that has shown to affect people from every walk of life. Scientists have tried to pinpoint the absolute cause behind alcoholism, but to no success. Certain factors like sex, genetic, and socioeconomic factors have shown to have some effect on alcoholism. The cause of alcoholism is never singular. Alcohol addiction is indeed a disease, where a person may not have full control over his actions and is seen to change the neurochemistry of the brain.

The symptoms of alcohol addiction can be seen in many ways and the severity of the situation varies from person to person. Other factors such as the frequency of consumption may also be specific. While some people are heavy drinkers and drink throughout the day; others may drink occasionally and remain sober for a few days.

A person who is dependent on alcohol will prioritise drinking over other essential activities and will eventually cause disruption in his social life, work or other areas of his life. It can also create a negative effect in the victim’s life along with their families and their near and dear ones.

What are the signs of alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse?
The signs and symptoms of alcoholism or addiction are rather conspicuous. Since drinking alcohol is common in social events in most cultures around the world, it becomes difficult to recognise when someone is addicted to alcohol, unlike drugs like cocaine and heroin.

The physical signs of alcohol abuse include:

  1. Loss of control over the quantity of alcohol consumed.
  2. Lack of adequate sleep, followed by overcompensation for sleep.
  3. Expression of anger and other negative behaviours my increase in inappropriate places and situations.
  4. Lack of proper attention towards the priorities in life.

How does alcohol affect the body?
Chronic abuse of alcohol can have negative effects on almost every part of your body and plays havoc in your system. Alcohol is liable to cause irreversible damage to several organs of the body which is vital for sustenance:

  • Nervous system
  • Stomach or Intestines
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Brain

Alcoholism in itself can lead to several diseases like:

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Sir, Please suggest disulfiram 250, kya 2 times de sakte subah sham doctor ne to sirf subah ka diya hai aaj 3-months ho gya pm ko dete hoye.

Dr. Nk Tak 90% (207 ratings)
MBBS, M.D. Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Jaipur
Sir, Please suggest disulfiram 250, kya 2 times de sakte subah sham doctor ne to sirf subah ka diya hai aaj 3-months ...
Yes, it can be taken b.d. But after consultation with psychiatrist.
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Sir, alcohol chhodane ki koi medicen hai hafte mai 2 bar pee lete hai, soch rha hu puri tarh se alcohol chut jaye. Please, Kuch suggest kare.

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 93% (38320 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
You seem to have allergic rashes due to alcohol and it is a type of alcohol intolerance. You have the only option of stopping it. It is a common misbelieve of the common people that there are medicines which if given will stop a person from drinking only strong will power, determination, attending aa meetings and diverting mind when tempted will help you stop alcohol or may need professional help from a psychiatrist or de-addiction centre. Try to do meditation and yoga. Read good books and listen to music and if you are believer attend bhajans. Alcohol causes 7 types of cancer, including breast, mouth and bowel cancers. When you drink alcohol, cancer-causing chemicals are formed. Alcohol also affects hormone levels and makes cells even more likely to be damaged by smoking. The less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer. No type of alcohol is better or worse than another, it is the alcohol itself that leads to the damage, regardless of whether it is in wine, beer or spirits. And drinking and smoking together are even worse for you. Not everyone who drinks alcohol will develop cancer. But on the whole, scientists have found that some cancers are more common in people who drink more alcohol than others. Every year, alcohol causes 4% of cancers. You can try these tips to cut down on alcohol. There are lots of simple ways to cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink. It can help to work out if there are particular times or situations when you tend to have a drink, whether that’s a bad day at work or a weekly pub quiz tradition, and plan what you’ll say and do differently next time. Have more alcohol-free days a week. For liver health, it’s best to have at least 2 days off alcohol in a row each week. Try agreeing on certain days with your partner or a friend and help each other and stick to it. If you are planning to drink alcohol, decide on a limit in advance and make sure you don’t go over it. Swap every other alcoholic drink for a soft one – starting with your first drink. Try shandy instead of a pint of beer, or swap one for soda and have a spritzer. Don’t stock up on beer, wine or spirits at home. Finish one drink before pouring another, because topping up drinks makes it harder to keep track of how much you’ve had and when you planned to stop. Avoid buying drinks in rounds, that way you don’t have to keep pace with anyone. Tell a friend or partner that you’re cutting down on alcohol, they can support you – or even join you.
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I am giving disulfiram to my father but it's not showing result or effect even after drinking alcohol, the dose is one tablet a day. It only showed result one time and he stopped drinking for a month or two but now he started again and we r giving the medicine from 3-4 days, same dose but it's not showing result, why?

Dr. Sabir Hasan Farooqui 89% (324 ratings)
M.Sc - Biotechnology , B.Sc Biochemistry, B.Sc (Microbiology), PhD
Psychologist, Pune
I am giving disulfiram to my father but it's not showing result or effect even after drinking alcohol, the dose is on...
Along with medicine, give food to needy from your father income and he should know this do every day and tell him that you are doing this to reduce your alcohol. Do very constantly. See amazingly what happen!
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