How can I reverse the affects of alcohol on my blood vessels?
October 13, 2011 4:11 AM Subscribe
For the past two weeks I've been consuming large amounts of alcohol (mostly beer and wine, but also soju). After I first started drinking, I noticed a bump in a blood vessel in my right forearm. These bumps have now appeared along the rest of my forearm (that same vein). They feel like bruises. I'm pretty sure something is getting clogged up in there. I can stop drinking, but what can I do to get my blood flowing normally again?
posted by jykmf to health & fitness (15 answers total)
If you want a back story, I'm in Korea and I'm hanging out with people in their 30s and 40s who drink all night. They're great people who just drink a lot (and it's also a big part of the culture here). I'm not legally allowed to drink in the US so my experience is almost nonexistent. I've found that I don't get drunk easily, but this plumbing problem in my right forearm is starting to worry me.
What can I do to mitigate and reverse the clogging? Drink lots of water? Get some exercise? I'm afraid that intense physical activity will cause this thing to burst, which would be annoying. And, while most people I've showed it to say it's nothing, I know they're not doctors and it just comes down to me ignoring the problem. Anyway, I have finally decided to stop drinking for now.
Also, my right shoulder and upper back have been hurting (not quite soreness, but just pain inside) since yesterday. Could be unrelated, but all I've been doing is sleeping, drinking, and eating.
I'm sorry if there's an obvious answer to this. It's just that Googling turns up a variety of disease-related hits that are unrelated to me (or maybe not) and difficult to sift through. I was never taught anything about alcohol so if any seasoned drinkers have something to say about this I'd appreciate it.
Thanks for your time.