Neurosurgeon Warns Against the Effects of a Hangover on the Brain

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( — October 4, 2018) Orlando, FL — Hangovers are undeniably painful to deal with. While they are known for their symptoms, it is worth mentioning that they can have undesirable effects on the brain.

Dr. Adam Lipson, a neurosurgeon at IGEA Brain & Spine, said that the effects of alcohol are more significant than some realize — it impacts brain function and neurochemistry.

In the United States, experts say alcohol is ranked as third in the list of the leading preventable causes of death.

According to research, there is an approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women, 88,000 people overall, who die from alcohol-related causes annually.

In 2014, it is worth mentioning that the fatalities for alcohol-impaired driving accounted for 9,967 deaths. This is 31 percent of overall driving fatalities.

Still in the U.S., alcohol misuse has been found to cause a financial burden of $249.0 billion.

Internationally, it was revealed in 2012 that alcohol consumption led to 3.3 million deaths, which is 5.9 percent of all global deaths.

The World Health Organization has reported that alcohol intake contributed to over 200 diseases as well as injury-related health conditions. This most notably includes DSM–IV alcohol dependence, liver cirrhosis, cancers, and injuries.

Globally, researchers found that alcohol misuse was the fifth leading risk factor for premature death and disability in 2010.

Experts strongly warn against alcohol consumption, as over 10 percent of American children live with a parent suffering from alcohol issues.

Frequent hangovers, on the other hand, are normally an indicator of alcoholism. Researchers suggest that a hangover increases anxiety levels.

According to Healthline, you may feel relaxed as a result of your blood alcohol content (BAC).

While increased BAC levels make one feel better on a temporary basis, its reduction also leads to feelings of anxiety and depression.

Dr. Isha Gupta, a neurologist at IGEA Brain & Spine, said that alcohol is a depressant. It can trigger sadness while drinking or during a hangover. This is another way that a hangover affects the brain.

A hangover can also impair one’s motor skills temporarily, while drinking and during a hangover.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has revealed that the cerebellum is often damaged due to chronic alcohol consumption. It is important to understand that the cerebellum is a brain area that controls coordination of movements, and potentially some forms of learning.

Hangover cures may be potentially helpful. One to consider using is activated charcoal, which has been speculated to eliminate the mixers, substances, and chemicals in alcohol that cause a hangover.

Activated charcoal is also used for water filtration, food poisoning, teeth whitening, and body cleansing. Divine Bounty Activated Charcoal may also be helpful in fighting a hangover.


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