Different alcohol usage

Different alcohol usage intensity will impact on your health negatively

Different alcohol usage intensity: What you drink does matter?

Some people say that alcohol is alcohol and it doesn’t matter what you drink. That is a statement, but the actual fact is that it makes a great deal of difference what one drinks. This is true for several reasons because different alcohol usage intensity to its consumers is evident as we will be finding out with the help of experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, let’s begin with alcohol content.

Alcohol Concentration: Many people find that they get much more intoxicated when drinking straight vodka than beer. This is because they get a lot more alcohol in their bodies in a shorter period of time when drinking the vodka. As a general rule of thumb the less concentrated the alcohol in a drink the less alcohol one will put into the body per hour.

Flavor: People also tend to drink strongly flavored drinks more slowly than tasteless drinks, meaning that, most people will get more alcohol in their system per hour when drinking vodka than they will when drinking whiskey.

Carbonation: Carbonation speeds the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. People drinking carbonated drinks will become intoxicated more quickly and achieve higher BACs than people drinking the same amount of alcohol per hour in the form of noncarbonated drinks. There is, however, a trade-off here because many people drink carbonated drinks more slowly than noncarbonated drinks.

Diet Soda: Diet soda interacts with alcohol too, so people who drink mixed drinks made with diet soda will become intoxicated more quickly and achieve higher BACS than people drinking identical drinks made with regular soda.

Different alcohol usage intensity: Beware mixing alcohol with your medications

Alcohol-related Drug Interactions

Aspirin: For some reason, we are not quite sure of aspirin appears to block the action of alcohol dehydrogenase meaning that if you take aspirin before drinking you will become intoxicated on a much smaller dose of alcohol than usual. It is generally recommended that you do not take aspirin for around six hours before drinking alcohol. If you have taken aspirin before drinking be cautious and try to limit your alcohol intake as much as possible.

Cayenne pepper: Cayenne pepper dilates the blood vessels and apparently leads higher BACs and more exposure of the brain to alcohol. In short, if you drink alcohol while ingesting a lot of cayenne pepper you will become much drunker than usual. Avoid red pepper vodka!

Tylenol (acetaminophen, paracetamol): Even by itself Tylenol can cause liver failure. Combining Tylenol with alcohol is a horrible one two punch to the liver. If you love your liver then don’t take Tylenol or Tylenol PM or anything else containing acetaminophen with alcohol or when you are a hangover. Else you might as well fry up your liver with onions!!

Ambien: mixing alcohol with Ambien is just about a sure recipe for a blackout or a brownout. People who mix the two also often report sleepwalking or even sleep eating. It’s better to take one or the other and not mix them together.

Narcotic painkillers: Another recipe for blackout and disturbed behavior. Avoid mixing alcohol with Percocet, Percodan, Vicodin, Oxycontin, codeine, morphine or any other narcotic pain killers.

Finally, alcohol is dangerous and the faster you disassociate yourself from it the better for you and everyone. This may not be an easy task if you’re an addict but with help of experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under Doctor Akoury’s care, the burden will be made lighter.

Different alcohol usage intensity: What you drink does matter?