Notes 1-31

Notes 1-31 - Notes 1/31/07 Alcohol and the Body - Continued...

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Notes 1/31/07 Alcohol and the Body - Continued Cardiovascular System Abnormal enlargement of red blood cells (not in alcoholics who have liver disease) Up to 20% of alcoholics get anemia (not enough red blood cells are produced) Might develop because of a fatty liver Weakness, not producing enough bone marrow, may not be getting enough folic acid If alcohol abuse decreases, most can be reversed White blood cells also affected More difficult time fighting off infection (get sick often) Lead to an enlarged heart Shortness of breath Swollen ankles Chest pain fatigue Heart palpitations Central Nervous System Two opposing effects Sedative (relax you-last about three hours) Agitating affect (last up to 12 hours) As drink wears off they get more jittery (Psychomotor “Rebound Effect) Alcohol Withdrawal Seizures (why you have to hospitalize patients) Delirium tremens Shaking, involuntary muscle spasms, hallucinating Caused by the brain being agitated Brain Damage Acute brain damage has rapid onset You have a severe level of discomfort
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