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Alcoholism means your body has become addicted to alcohol. People with addiction will continue drinking alcohol even if it causes adverse effects on their life, work, and relationships. People who consume more than 12 to 15 drinks a week, people with mental health problems, and people having low self-esteem are at risk of getting addicted to alcohol.

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How to come out of alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I got discharged from the hospital on Monday after detoxification of alcohol. I felt good when I was discharged, but gradually it got worse. I am feeling weak and nauseous with headaches and dizziness. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your concern and will help you out. The symptoms you are experiencing are due to alcohol withdrawal. Since you have been consuming alcohol for long, your body has developed a dependence on it. Your brain has developed a habit of working under alcohol infl...  Read Full »

Is light beer harmful for my preexisting liver disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease last year. My liver enzymes are very high. I used to drink champagne, wine, and other hard liquor, a few times a week. But now, I switched to light beer. Is it bad for my liver?  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Excessive alcohol, that is, more than 12 g a day, is certainly dangerous and should be strictly avoided. Regarding mild to moderate consumption, data is inadequate at this moment. But, recommendations are to strictly avoid all alcohol consumption because it can damage...  Read Full »

I drink, and have noticed balding recently. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I started drinking live three years ago in college. It has been a while since I noticed that I am balding. My dad or other males in our family are not bald, nor do they drink like me. I wanted to understand this peculiar correlation between hair loss and drinking. I still drink, but a bit ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your first query consult is on us! It is essential to understand that hair loss can have various factors, and the correlation between alcohol consumption and hair loss is not straightforward. However, excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to hair loss in seve...  Read Full »

I think I have a liver damage. Should I get tested for hepatitis A and B?

Query: Hello doctor, I just got my blood results, which I have uploaded. There are two files. One is about three months old and the other one is from today. I am afraid that I have a liver damage. Should I get tested for hepatitis A, B and C? I had donated blood four months ago and that time there was no p...  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I've carefully reviewed all the provided data (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Two noteworthy abnormalities stand out. Firstly, the high percentage of lymphocytes combined with the low neutrophil count is commonly associated with viral fever. This pattern...  Read Full »

My heartbeat increases after drinking alcohol. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My heartbeat raises and the eyes become very red and I become tired when I take alcohol. Why does this happen so? And, what is the treatment?  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The alcohol ingested is metabolized in the liver and converted to acetaldehyde. This takes place in the liver. The variations in the effect of alcohol in different people take place because of the difference in the genetics of enzymes called alcohol dehydrogenases (A...  Read Full »

Can Ursodeoxycholic acid, Evion and Metadoxine be taken as precaution in alcoholic?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 32 years old. I have been drinking for the last five years. LFT before six months showed normal and CT scan whole abdomen did 10 months back showed the liver is normal. Pancreas normal no gallstones but I have been drinking heavily these six months due to stress. Now I have stoppe...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubin Dev Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You need to stop drinking as first which will lead to recovery. The body will naturally heal itself since your LFT ( lung function test) and CT (computed tomography) was normal. Regarding medicines, they have a limited role in such situations. Although there is no harm ...  Read Full »

Can binge drinking cause derangement in my liver enzymes?

Query: Hello doctor,I just had blood work done. The tests for my liver came back deranged and I have to have another test next week. My LFTs have always been normal. The night before I had the test I drank a lot and got tipsy. There was a hangover the next day. Could this be the reason for my deranged leve...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, deranged in medical terms means abnormal, and likely, in your case, there must be elevated liver enzymes like SGOT (serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase) and SGPT (serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase). Likely, the cause is alcohol only. It directly affects on...  Read Full »

I had vomiting and diarrhea four times after having drinks. What could be the reason for it?

Query: Hi doctor,I had four drinks yesterday. Today I have vomited four times and I have had diarrhea three times. I usually drink a lot more than this, and I never had these symptoms. Is this a hangover or something else?  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have an infection from the food causing diarrhea, and also vomiting from acidity. You need the following medicines, 1. Tablet O2 (Ofloxacin 200 mg and Ornidazole) in the morning and night for five days after food. 2. Tablet Pantoprazole 40 mg and Domperidone 10 m...  Read Full »

Why is my platelet count dropping?

Query: Hi doctor, My hemoglobin level increased from 15 to 17, and platelet count decreased from 3.1 to 1.4*10^3 per microliter of blood in the last five months. The only symptom I have is occasional skin itching.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As your platelet count decreased over four months duration, chronic infection, and drug history have to be ruled out first. If they are not causative then a detailed investigation plan should be decided according to the examinations as follows: ESR (erythrocyte...  Read Full »

How to treat tongue twist and hand shivering in an alcoholic?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is an alcoholic. He has not been eating for the last 15 days. He is now suffering from insomnia. He sees abnormal things like people standing near to him. He has lost weight. He is having heavy sweat at night on the forehead. His tongue twists and has shivering hands. His height...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sorry for your father's condition. Your father is suffering from Wernicke's encephalopathy or Korsakoff syndrome. Chronic alcohol abuse lead to deficiency of vitamin thiamine. I would suggest you to take him to ER (emergency room) and have him admitted and monitored for...  Read Full »

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