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I am now 22. Off and on since I was 16 I've had times where I've felt weird. I don't know how to describe it. It first happened after I got drunk for the first time. I had alcohol poisoning so they say. A week after that I was feeling weird. I felt like I couldn't think straight, talk right.... When I said something I wasn't sure if I said it or thought it. Like I said, it's been happening off and on. I went 3 years with it only happening once and lasting for a week. It usually only does last for about 7 or 8 days. But I went through this last month and am going through it again this month. I feel very odd. I am associating it with drinking alcohol because I've noticed that it seems to happen mostly after I get drunk. Like last month and this this episode. It's extremely hard for me to explain so I'm not sure that I want to see another doctor. I saw one when I was 17 but I don't think I was treated right seeing as how I was given anti-depressants and they didn't help. What's wrong?


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replied April 3rd, 2011
Anxiety and Stress Answer A21537
Hello.

What you probably had for the first time was Alcohol Intoxication. This happens when the levels of alcohol in blood are above a certain manageable limit. And you are probably describing a binge drinking pattern. During the binges, alcohol intoxication might occur.

Another condition you may have to look into is the rare case of Aldehyde Dehydrogenase deficiency. Aldehyde Dehydrogenase is an enzyme that breaks down alcohol in your body. If this enzyme is lacking, alcohol can become toxic.

Hope this helps a bit. Take care.

Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD


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