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Is getting drunk every weekend and waking up with bad hangovers

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Is getting drunk every weekend and waking up with bad hangovers bad for health? Can it cause type 2 diabetes? Can it damage organs? Can doing this for a year straight cause any organ damage or type 2 diabetes?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  911Doctor replied 11 months ago.

911Doctor :

How old are you? For how long have you been doing this?

911Doctor :

Have you got into trouble with the law or with your work because of alcohol?

911Doctor :

Do you drink in the morning to clear your head?

911Doctor :

since you are not in the chat I will attempt to answer the best I can

911Doctor :

Type 2 diabetes is not well understood in terms of it's cause

Customer:

hi

911Doctor :

hello

Customer:

I am 22 years old.

911Doctor :

okay

911Doctor :

how long have you been drining like this?

Customer:

I have been doing this since i was 18.

Customer:

never been introuble with the law

Customer:

no I only drink on weekends

911Doctor :

okay

911Doctor :

and when you drink do you drink till you pass out?

Customer:

yeah, I go to sleep.

911Doctor :

sleep is one thing... do you wake up on the floor or do you make it to bed?

Customer:

Yeah I make it to bed

Customer:

I dont pass out

Customer:

just get drunk

911Doctor :

okay

911Doctor :

so here's the answer

911Doctor :

you are a binge drinker

911Doctor :

so was I at your age

911Doctor :

many young people can do this and then one day they settle down

911Doctor :

but many also progress to increased drinking, more frequently, and with consequences

911Doctor :

DUI, lost job, etc...

911Doctor :

alcohol in excess, over time, can damage your liver

911Doctor :

and cause CIRRHOSIS

911Doctor :

and eventually end stage liver disease

911Doctor :

not trying to scare you, but dying from liver failure is ugly and horrible

911Doctor :

and happens to heavy drinkers after years of alcohol abuse

911Doctor :

so you have a decision to make

911Doctor :

there is little 'science' to alcohol use and abuse

911Doctor :

some people drink like you do all their lives and have no problems

911Doctor :

some die from their drinking

911Doctor :

it's a very hard question to answer at age 22

911Doctor :

standing by

Customer:

What about after one year of drinking and passing out every weekend like on a friday for a year striagiht . can this cause damage? u said it can be overtime/

Customer:

not passing out.. just getting very drunk

911Doctor :

really this would happen only in people that had a liver disease apart from using alcohol.

911Doctor :

so very unlikely with you

911Doctor :

but your drinking could get you into trouble with relationships, job, the law

911Doctor :

those would be the concerns at your age

Customer:

I have severe depression, anixety and stress in my life.. even with this, it wont cause damage after one year?

911Doctor :

no, not likely

911Doctor :

are you getting help for your depression and anxiety?

911Doctor :

there are much better medications than alcohol for this.

Customer:

like what?

911Doctor :

celexa, prozac, effexor, cymbalta, abilify.... a good psychiatrist or even a good primary care physician could help you with this

911Doctor :

one of the things people don't realize about alcohol is that it makes your sleep very poor

911Doctor :

not restful sleep

911Doctor :

and this can worsen stress and depression

Customer:

how do those medications make a person feel?

911Doctor :

usually, over a week or two, the depression and anxiety lift and you feel better while you work on the underlying problems leading to the stress and depression

911Doctor :

the medicines are not a cure

911Doctor :

but a bridge to a better life

911Doctor :

I am running out of time as I have an appointment

911Doctor :

would you like to continue this later

911Doctor :

or do you think we can finish now?

911Doctor :

I think you have recognized a problem

911Doctor :

and the next step is to seek help

911Doctor :

from a physician, preferably a psychiatrist, but a primary care physician would also be a good place to start

911Doctor :

standing by

Customer:

What if I drink 3 -4 beers every weekend for the rest of my life. Just enough to get a buzz.. Will this cause any damage?

911Doctor :

probably not

911Doctor :

but that's hard to do

Customer:

not for me

911Doctor :

as I said, some people can do this

911Doctor :

you may be one of them

911Doctor :

though it is a risky business

911Doctor :

and you should seek help for your underlying problems with depression and anxiety

911Doctor :

standing by

Customer:

so what is the difference between the people that drink alot and dont get any damage and the people that drink and do get damage? WHy do some people get messed up and some people dont?

911Doctor :

we aren't sure

911Doctor :

a lot of it has to do with sheer quantity and duration of use

911Doctor :

time will tell

Customer:

whats sheer quanttity and duraation of use mean?

911Doctor : Usually drinking every day for years
911Doctor : i usually see these patients when they hit their forties.
Customer:

u said used to binge drink also... How long did you do this for?

911Doctor : 10 yrs
Customer:

everyday or every weekend?

911Doctor : No real patteen
911Doctor : 4x week or not for weeks
Customer:

what does 4x week for weeks mean?

Customer:

not

Customer:

not for weeks

911Doctor : Sorey
911Doctor : sometimesSorry sometimes I would drink four times a week
911Doctor : sometimesweek sometimes not for weeks
Customer:

oh

911Doctor : I was not drinking to cover depression or anxiety or depression
Customer:

Whats more healthy do drink. 3 shots of hard liquor like vodka or 3 beers within an hour?

Customer:

to

911Doctor : justdepression just because there were parties etc...
911Doctor : ?
Customer:

What puts lest strain on a persons body, 3 shots of vodka or 3 beers ? drinking all in an hour.

911Doctor : No difference
Customer:

is getting drunk of 5 beers normal?

911Doctor : If you drink them in an hour or two yes
Customer:

What if I drink them within an hour and throw up? is this normal?

911Doctor : Throwing up us not normal but many people would if they drank that much that fast
Customer:

Yeah, I threw up last time because I drank very fast.

911Doctor : Indeed
Customer:

Does beer damage the kidneys? the reason why I say this is because it makes people urinate a lot.

911Doctor : No, it damage the liver
911Doctor : Alcohol makes you pee more due to the alcohol
Customer:

Do you want to continue this later?

911Doctor : I'm on my phone sitting now
911Doctor : we can finish
Customer:

ok

Customer:

This question is not related, but I hope you can answer it. Can severe stress, anxiety and depression cause type 2 diabetes in less than 10 years? or 5?

911Doctor : No
911Doctor : that is why I sent you the link on diabetes above
911Doctor : Diabetes that hits adults is usually due to ibesity
911Doctor : Obesity
Customer:

ok thank you.. If I have any follow up questions, I will message you.

911Doctor : Great
911Doctor : Please leave positive fewdback
Customer:

ok

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