Pain in the chest after drinking alcohol is due to its toxic effects on the body. With excessive drinking, the vessels dilate and blood pressure rises, which causes an increase in heart rate and pain. The person may experience fatigue or aching in the muscles.
How is an alcoholic drink affected by body temperature?
Although drinking alcohol at a high temperature can cause alcohol poisoning, the symptoms may appear more quickly and are milder if the temperature is low (less than 40Â°C). If the temperature is below 40Â°C, there is a risk for hypothermia. For this reason, it is recommended that anyone who drinks alcoholic drinks at a high temperature do so only when they know the temperature well.
How does alcohol poisoning affect my liver?
In a severe case, the liver will fail due to the loss of normal fluids (dilated blood) that it receives from the body. The liver cannot properly process the alcohol consumed during drinking. The death rate from alcohol poisoning rises to 70-90% after two months.
How is alcohol poisoning treated?
After symptoms appear, the person should seek immediate medical attention. A treatment plan will have to be worked out before the person has to stop drinking or take the drug of choice (or combination of drugs). The plan should focus on controlling the symptoms and limiting the effects of the alcohol.
The drug of choice that can be used is acetaminophen or paracetamol. It has no pain-killing potential and should only be taken in a timely manner. It is not advisable to use ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) as these agents increase the risk of bleeding. If other treatments are not effective, the person should be monitored closely.
Some medications, such as beta-blockers (Tricyclic antidepressants) and aspirin, are more likely to cause bleeding and should be avoided.
What should I do if I become addicted to alcohol?
It is recommended that you seek professional help if you are addicted to alcohol. It is not uncommon for people to drink alcohol to cope with depression, anxiety, or stress. If someone becomes addicted to alcohol, he or she will be unable to stop drinking it. It is better to prevent their drinking by stopping cold turkey rather than going back to drinking when the individual has become addicted.
A person who has become addicted to alcohol can make his or her life miserable, in the form of depression, anxiety, or loneliness. This may include having difficulty caring for themselves. Alcohol may also make it difficult to concentrate on daily activities, such as shopping or socializing, making things difficult for them when they should be relaxing.
If a person becomes addicted to alcohol, it is important to seek help immediately. A treatment plan should have been worked out and may include taking certain medications and/or reducing the amount of alcohol consumed.