If someone experiences alcohol poisoning, they will need time to recover. After receiving medical intervention, they will continue to have severe hangover symptoms until their condition becomes more stable. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning typically correspond to blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels. At Healthgrades, our Editorial Team works hard to develop complete, objective and meaningful health…

Doses of ayahuasca 15 or 30-fold higher than commonly used ritual doses increased serotonergic neurotransmission (Pic-Taylor et al., 2015). Long-term ayahuasca users show difference in midline brain structures using MRI versus matched controls (Bouso et al., 2015). Interestingly, whereas ayahuasca produced modest impairment of cognitive function in inexperienced users, little or no impairment was observed…

Frequent episodes of problematic drinking and high BAC levels could increase the likelihood of alcohol addiction developing. Too much alcohol affects your speech, muscle coordination and vital centers of your brain. A heavy drinking binge may even cause a life-threatening coma or death. This is of particular concern when you’re taking certain medications that also…

Prolonged rapid, shallow breathing results in excessive loss of carbon dioxide and decreased blood acidity (i.e., alkalosis), which in turn activates an enzyme that enhances glucose breakdown. In glucose breakdown, phosphate becomes incorporated into various metabolic compounds, ultimately lowering blood levels of phosphate. As the rate of glucose breakdown increases, profound hypophosphatemia potentially can result.…

One area in which contingency management has widespread potential benefits is individual retention in treatment. Psychiatric treatments suffer from high rates of attrition, which in turn relates to increased morbidity and mortality. Substance misuse treatment clinics typically experience attrition rates of 80% or higher, and attrition is high in most other out-patient mental health treatment…