What are the early signs of liver damage?

The first stage of liver damage is inflammation, but most people that experience liver damage from drinking do not show any early signs. In fact, liver damage can progress through several stages before they or their doctor notices anything is wrong. Most people do not realize they have a problem until they reach the point where built-up scar tissue is impeding proper liver function. When the symptoms do become noticeable, they usually include:

  • A general sense of being unwell
  • Having a lower tolerance for alcohol
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Experiencing severe hangovers
  • A lack of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain in the upper right quadrant
  • Abdominal protrusion
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What is wet brain?

Wet brain is a form of brain damage that results from repeat and heavy drinking. Also known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, wet brain stems from thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. Alcohol hinders the absorption, activation and storage of thiamine. The brain needs thiamine to function.

Wet brain has a sudden onset and does not happen gradually. Lesions form on the brain causing obvious mental confusion and physical coordination issues.

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Is alcohol a stimulant?

Alcohol is interesting in that it does have certain stimulating effects, but it is not classified as a stimulant. These effects include increased heart rate, a sense of energy, and lowered inhibitions. However, these are only seen during the initial stages of intoxication, after which sedative effects begin to set in. As a result, alcohol cannot be classified as a stimulant.

Why is alcohol not a stimulant?

The correct classification of a drug is based on the dominant effects. With alcohol, depressant effects are dominant, so it is considered a depressant. 

When determining if a substance is a stimulant or a depressant, doctors look at how it impacts the central nervous system. Stimulants, also known as uppers, will speed up the processes of the central nervous system. Depressants, also known as downers, slow these processes down. Alcohol is interesting because it does both, speeding up and slowing down the CNS at different stages of intoxication. The myth that alcohol is a stimulant began because of its ability to loosen people up and reduce social inhibitions. 

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How do I find the best alcohol rehab near me?

If you’re anywhere in Tennessee, Kentucky or Florida or willing to fly to get the best care in the country, I stand behind the effectiveness of alcoholism treatment here at JourneyPure.

That said, people usually come in after:

  • Searching on websites like Google, AddictionCenter.com or PsychologyToday
  • Calling the number on the back of their insurance card
  • Getting a referral from a doctor or therapist
  • Going to an AA meeting and asking for a recommendation
  • Getting a referral from a friend, co-worker or neighbor
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The 25 Most Interesting Facts About Alcohol

Most people safely enjoy alcohol in moderation. It’s been part of human culture for thousands of years. But, just because alcohol is legal and readily available doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. The effects of alcohol are caused by changes to the brain and alcoholism is as deadly and prevalent as any other drug addiction.

Alcohol Prevalence Facts

  1. The average age people have their first drink of alcohol is 17.6. (fact check)
  2. 14% of U.S. adults report never having a drink of alcohol in their lifetime (fact check) and 30% don’t currently drink now. (fact check)
  3. 70% of people drank in the last year. (fact check)
  4. 10% of children live with a parent with alcohol problems. (fact check)

Alcohol Effects Facts

  1. It only takes 6 minutes for brain cells to react to alcohol. (fact check)
  2. While some studies claim benefits of drinking less than a drink a day, the medical consensus is that the safest level of drinking is none. (fact check)
  3. Dark liquors, such as red wine or whiskey, are more likely to result in severe hangovers. (fact check)
  4. “Blacking out” is the brain losing the ability to create memories. (fact check)
  5. Blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) can be 3 times higher when drinking on an empty stomach. (fact check)
  6. Only time will lower your BAC – coffee and cold showers make things worse. (fact check)

Binge Drinking Facts

  1. 1 in 4 people binge drank in the last 30 days. (fact check)
  2. For women, 4 drinks in 2 hours is considered binge drinking. For men, it’s 5. (fact check)
  3. Men are nearly twice as likely to binge drink (and consistently have higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations) compared to women. (fact check)

Alcoholism Facts

  1. 12% of U.S. adults meet the criteria for alcoholism. (fact check)
  2. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has over 2 million members. (fact check)
  3. Genes make up half of the risk for alcoholism. (fact check)
  4. Those who drink before age 15 are more likely to develop alcohol dependence later on in life. (fact check)
  5. Blue-eyed Americans are 1.8 times more likely to develop alcoholism (fact check)

Alcohol Death Facts

  1. Over 88000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year in the U.S. (fact check)
  2. Every 10 seconds, someone dies from alcohol worldwide. (fact check)
  3. Drinking excessive alcohol increases the risk for more than 200 health conditions, including cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, liver and breast. (fact check)
  4. Withdrawing cold-turkey from alcohol can be deadly for alcoholics. (fact check)

Cultural Alcohol Facts

  1. Beer was considered a soft drink in Russia until 2013. (fact check)
  2. Alcohol was found in civilizations dating back to 7000 B.C. (fact check)
  3. Milkshakes were originally an alcoholic whiskey drink. (fact check)
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