Alcohol Drinking

The drinking of alcohol affects the digestive system by producing more acids and enzymes. Prolonged alcohol drinking leads to inflammation of liver tissues and liver damage. Damage of the pancreas due to alcohol leads to hyperglycemia. The effect of alcohol drinking on the central nervous system is very severe, leading to frontal lobe damages.

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What might have slowed down the rate of my alcohol metabolism?

Query: Hello doctor, I need help. We have zero-tolerance for alcohol at work. I had some alcohol eight hours (3 to 4 ounces) before work started. I am a 190-pound, good, shape male 5.8 feet and 48 years old. Based on the 1 ounce per hour metabolism, I was sure I would be in the clear. I do not have thyroid...  Read Full »

Dr. Swaraj Waddankeri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No, hypothyroidism does not cause slower metabolism of alcohol. What was your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone)? Are you taking medications?  Read Full »

My 58-year-old father has chronic cough issues and fainted once while coughing. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 58 years old and has had a cough problem for a very long time. Another main problem associated with it is that he suddenly fell and fainted while coughing. He has been consuming alcohol regularly for 20 years, smokes, and chews pan masala too. He had quit drinking for 13 d...  Read Full »

Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your query and concern. To me, your father needs immediate consultation with a cardiologist first and to run a complete cardiac checkup to rule out cardiovascular problems. As he has been drinking for a long time, I suggest we run an upper endoscopy to ru...  Read Full »

Can a person allergic to alcohol take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Query: Hi doctor, Though I am allergic to wines and alcohol, I have been consuming alcohol for 30 years. Also, I am taking heart medicines and blood thinner. For the last three years, my allergy has worsened. And recently, I found that I am allergic to clove, cinnamon, etc. How to treat this? Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Yes, it can be treated. But once you are allergic to some product or food, the best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid that particular food or product. Allergy is a sign or warning that you should n...  Read Full »

Does yellow vomit after drinking alcohol a sign of liver damage?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 44 years old. I consumed alcohol (whiskey) last Friday, about 20 ounces over 5 hours. I do not drink often. I had my dinner after taking alcohol. The next day morning I vomited, it was yellow and no food. An hour later, I vomited again, it was green and no food. I have no diarrh...  Read Full »

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You consumed a lot of alcohol, very close to the toxic level, and hence you have developed alcohol-induced gastritis. You cannot permanently damage your liver by binge drinking once. However, if you keep drinking frequently, you will develop fatty liver which later on ...  Read Full »

I took Tylenol for stomach pain two hours after drinking vodka, and now my head is paining from the back to the neck. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My stomach hurts. I took Tylenol two hours later after drinking vodka now my head is paining from the back to the neck. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is important to note that combining alcohol and Tylenol (Acetaminophen) can be harmful to the liver, especially if taken in large amounts. Alcohol can increase the toxic effects of Tylenol on the liver. So it is generally recommended to avoid drinking while taking...  Read Full »

Why do my auditory and visual hallucinations go away when I drink alcohol?

Query: Hello doctor, Why do my auditory and visual hallucinations go away when I drink more alcohol? I rarely maybe once in every two years used to drink a little alcohol. I started developing hallucinations which is very vivid every second, at the of age 22 and they persisted for four years. When I drank ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation. You may have psychosis. Your hallucination temporarily disappears because of alcohol's CNS depressant effect. But it will worsen once the alcohol effect is finished. You must not co...  Read Full »

I have reduced my dependency on alcohol and have been taking medications for the same. Can I take all the medicines together?

Query: Hello doctor, I have reduced my dependency on alcohol. The usage has dropped from more than 16 units per day to just three units. Should I stop now or should I continue to taper? I have also been prescribed three medications for the same. 1) Zopiclone for sleep. 2) Pregabalin for the nervous system ...  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It is good to hear that you have taken steps to reduce your alcohol intake, and it is important to do so gradually to minimize the risk of withdrawal symptoms. And regarding medications, they all come with their re...  Read Full »

I experience shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, shoulder and hand pain, difficulty in walking, and increased heartbeat whenever I drink alcohol. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor,I was an alcoholic but now I do not drink. When I drink I get shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, slight pain in my left shoulder and hand, difficulty in walking, and an increase in heartbeat. Am I suffering from any heart disease?Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Since when you were taking alcohol and how much and since when did you quit? This is unlikely to be a heart disease but it is likely to be withdrawal symptoms. Do you have bloating, burping, an increase in chest pain on food, lying down, or...  Read Full »

What can cause red hives to appear on the body after drinking alcohol?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a male aged 24 years with an overall healthy history. However, I have noticed in the recent past a bunch of red hives on (swollen red-colored, not-painful) different parts of the body (knees, legs, cheek, arms) appearing after drinking beer or wine. This happened now twice in a r...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry, but the picture you uploaded (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) seems a little bit taken far away, not giving me a full description of what it is. Yes, you should get your liver function tests. This will help us to detect any subtle da...  Read Full »

I am currently taking Zoloft and Vistaril, but I also drink alcohol sometimes. Is it safe to take Vistaril and drink alcohol?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old male, and I am currently taking Zoloft and Vistaril. I take Zoloft and Vistaril as needed, once and sometimes twice daily. I rarely drink alcohol and know about its interactions with Zoloft, but it is harder to find the interactions with Vistaril. I know I cannot dri...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Vistaril's (Hydroxyzine Pamoate) half-life is around 14 hours, so that it will stay in your system for more than one day. It depends upon your hepatic function. If your liver function is impaired, it will stay in the system longer. If you tak...  Read Full »

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