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"Asian" Flush Syndrome without flushing (or "Asian" lineage)?

I went to a gastroenterologist recently who tentatively diagnosed me with Acetaldehyde Dehydrogenase Deficiency (which causes the so-called "asian" flush). I am caucasian with some Russian descent, and I do not get flushed when I drink. Are there any precedents for non-asian, non-flushing sufferers of this enzyme deficiency? Should I get a second opinion? [more inside]
posted by qzar on Jul 28, 2014 - 27 answers

Why do I have a high alcohol (etc.) tolerance?

I'm pretty tolerant to any substances I've tried; alcohol, cannabis, and prescription medication always needed higher than average doses on me to procure any effects. I also sober up pretty fast. Just out of curiosity, what does this mean? Does my body do something well? Do I just have a healthy liver? [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Feb 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Mindful drinking

I can idly finish a bottle of wine. How do I not? [more inside]
posted by anonymoosemoosemoose on Jan 7, 2014 - 52 answers

Analogies/ representations of impaired judgement from alcohol

I'm looking for visual representations or imagery that can be used as an analogy/representation of how drinking (too much) alcohol clouds one's judgment. (explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Drinking and PMS

Does anybody else find that they consume more alcohol during PMS? More months than not, I drink a lot on what turns out to be the day right before my period starts. (I do realize that this a precarious time to drink and am going to start charting so I have a better idea of when to expect it.) I am curious a) if other women do this, and b) if anybody knows of any possible biological reason for this.
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Caffeine/alcohol cleanse.

Does a short break from alcohol/caffeine/whatever accomplish anything? [more inside]
posted by Precision on Jul 16, 2012 - 20 answers

How well will anti-depressants work with moderate alcohol use?

What blood alcohol content will prevent anti-depressants from working? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Jan 12, 2012 - 15 answers

Am I intolerant to alcohol, or just bashful?

Drinking usually makes me blush, but I don't have any other symptoms of the alcohol flush reaction. Does the increased cancer risk apply to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Switching to the good stuff

Should I quit beer and switch entirely to whiskey? For health reasons? [more inside]
posted by naju on Jun 22, 2011 - 24 answers

How to get high?

What is the healthiest way to get high? [more inside]
posted by tr45vbyt on Jan 14, 2011 - 28 answers

Can I smell your beer? Just smell it.

How do I enjoy drinking less more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2010 - 28 answers

what will they think of next?

I know someone who enjoys sniffing isopropyl alcohol straight from the bottle, not huffing but sniffing like perfume. They say they love the smell, that they don't get a high but it's like smelling a favorite perfume. Is this bad for them? I've never heard of this, have any of you? I'm interested in any information anyone may have on this.
posted by gypseefire on Jun 4, 2010 - 18 answers

How do you tell someone you're dating their lifestyle is hurting them?

[relationship filter] How do I tell the person I'm seeing they drink and sleep too much without sounding demanding or preachy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2010 - 16 answers

How to recover from a relapse

As an addict, have you dealt with a hidden relapse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Flush in the face = Give up the bottle?

A somewhat recent NY Times article explains the connection between ALDH2 deficiency and throat cancer. Request for perspective on level of risk and appropriate response in extended. [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Jun 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Tack for getting my yak sack back

What is the characteristic regeneration time for the stomach lining, after daily NSAIDs or alcohol? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser on May 21, 2009 - 6 answers

Is drinking alcohol while taking antidepressants a serious danger?

I take prescription medication (paroxetine) in the morning and also enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two in the evening. The sticker on the medicine bottle warns me not to do this, but I do it anyway. How serious are consequences? [more inside]
posted by meantime on May 6, 2009 - 17 answers

What if some crazy freak shot up vodka?

Shooting up alcohol intravenously? What? [more inside]
posted by Avelwood on Apr 11, 2009 - 17 answers

Mixing Xanax and alcohol

How long after taking .25 Mg or .5 Mg of Xanax should I wait before drinking any alcohol? I've taken Xanax frequently over the years to treat anxiety, fear of flying, etc. and never had any problems. [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Oct 21, 2008 - 13 answers

Drunk Dad at hookup = no kid or damaged kid?

Does a father's moderate drinking, around insemination, affect conception rates or baby health? I've googled aplenty, but the info that I've found is consistently of poor quality, with lots of assertions and opinions but no data regarding actual outcomes, either for conception rates or a baby's development. I'm not interested in stories about damaged sperm, but rather solid evidence about babies, either the lack of babies or damage to their health. And I'm talking about consumption levels comfortably within the moderate range, so alcholic malnutrition and whatnot don't factor in. Thanks!
posted by NortonDC on Jun 14, 2008 - 10 answers

Is my liver going to rot and fall out my ass?

I've been pooing water for nearly 3 months now. My liver tests came back a month ago with the GGT being extremely high. I take a lot of prescription meds, and before the shitting-water problem was a heavy drinker. I've stopped drinking completely for several weeks now, but have yet to notice much of a change. I'm seeing the doctor again soon. What should I be thinking about/asking? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee on May 14, 2008 - 14 answers

Can I safely use Listerine while on Antabuse?

Can I safely use Listerine while on Antabuse? My doctor advised me to avoid alcohol in shampoos and deodorants and I have even read some warnings against inhaling alcohol vapors. My doctor had a sort of a shoulder-shrug response when I asked about Listerine. Other opinions or experiences would be very welcome as I'd rather not use a "try and see" approach.
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2007 - 15 answers

Why can't I drink?

Are there any solutions to alcohol intolerance? And does alcohol intolerance developed later in life (late twenties/early thirties) indicate other possible health problems? [more inside]
posted by seeka on May 25, 2007 - 16 answers

Balancing pleasures

One cigarette shortens life expectancy by about 11 minutes. How much time do the following take off: One drink over the recommended limit? One burger for which the calories are not burned off? Preferred units: assume a drink to be one UK unit of alcohol: 10ml or 8g pure alcohol. Assume a burger to be one Big Mac: 540 kcal. [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Feb 23, 2007 - 14 answers

give me a double shot of organic antioxidants!

What's a fairly tasty, "healthy" alcoholic cocktail you can order at a bar? I'm interested in something without the high fructose corn syrup of "well juices" or filled with cream, but with <= 20% alcoholic content and cheap?
posted by lpctstr; on Aug 2, 2006 - 37 answers

What physical changes happen when you stop drinking and when?

If I were to stop drinking, what would happen physically, and when would I notice? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Mar 16, 2006 - 18 answers

Please help me live past 50

Want to get healthier. In which order should I fix my three vices for optimal success? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2006 - 29 answers

Why does red wine make me overheat?

Why does red wine make me overheat? [more inside]
posted by cptnrandy on Jan 5, 2006 - 15 answers

Sleeoing better when stopping alcohol

I have decided to stop drinking for a while. Without going into too much detail- I drink alot. Stopping involves several nights of a special kind of hell while trying to sleep. Tossing, turning, very, very light sleeping, sweating, nightmares, etc. - it just sucks. I have taken Unisom and Valerian and other things (alone and together) to no avail. Is there a good way to minimize this ill effect (short of visiting the doctor)?
posted by pissfactory on Aug 9, 2005 - 18 answers

Can drinking a little bit of whisky when I'm sick help?

For the last few days I think I've been suffering from a very mild stomach flu. Nothing virulent, just enough to make me at times mildly uncomfortable. A friend of mine wants me to meet him for a drink tonight. I've heard that whisky can kill microbes in the stomach. Is this true? If so, would a couple of fingers of whisky be a good idea tonight? [more inside]
posted by sic on Jan 31, 2005 - 12 answers

How to stop drinking without AA

So, I need to stop drinking. I'm used to drinking 8-12 beers every night, more on the weekends, so this will be a significant lifestyle change for me. I'm not interested in AA and would prefer to do this on my own. Any Mefites been through this process? Insights?
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2004 - 28 answers

Good-enough exercise to keep the Guiness gut off?

Physical Exertion. I work from home and drink Guinness and so am getting heavier than I'd like to be, so i want to do some exercise. I'm not fat, but will become so. I also have trouble getting to sleep; my doctor says it's because I don't physically exert myself enough to become sleepy.

Can anyone suggest some good exercise? My difficulty is, I have no interest at all in competitive sports (no killer instinct) nor body building to look like Arnie. I have mild asthma and used to smoke; I also have mild Multiple Sclerosis. Is Yoga exertion enough, or is it more meditative? Is there a martial art that would suit me?
posted by Pericles on Mar 17, 2004 - 34 answers

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