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How do other illnesses affect ethanol poisoning?

A person is much more prone to ethanol poisoning if their general health is already compromised. Heart disease and diabetes make a person more susceptible to the effects of alcohol. Other conditions such as cancer, dialysis, severe vomiting, AIDS, and starvation may make a person more prone to a very damaging swelling of the brain known as Wernicke's encephalopathy. In some cases, excessive alcohol consumption can worsen preexisting health conditions. Recovery from ethanol poisoning depends on the body's ability to metabolize and get rid of the alcohol in the system.

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What is ethanol poisoning?
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Ethanol poisoning is also known as alcohol poisoning. It is caused by excessive alcohol consumption....
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Does ethanol poisoning affect children differently than adults?
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Ethanol poisoning is much more serious in children than adults. Their smaller body size allows for v...
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How does ethanol poisoning affect the body?
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Alcohol has almost immediate effects because it is absorbed in the bloodstream more quickly than it ...
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When should I call a doctor about ethanol poisoning?
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