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Is it possible to kill parasitic worms by intoxicating oneself?

In summary, there is no convincing evidence to say that alcohol intoxication helps to treat or prevent parasites in humans. 1) The evidence from in vivo human studies does not support the idea that ...
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How does the human body extract energy from ethanol?

Preamble The question suggests unfamiliarity with the nature of biochemical oxidations and their relation to energy transfer in biology. The naïve reader is recommended to consult a text for a ...
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How many drinks were consumed by each test subject in this study?

"1.5 g·kg body mass⁻¹" can be equivalently written "(1.5 g)/(1 kg body mass)" or read "1.5 grams per kilogram body mass". So, a 87 kg person would be given 130.5 g of ...
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Does mixing alcohol types result in faster intoxication or worse hangover?

I did a quick literature search for clinical studies, not expecting to find much, but I actually found a published study partially investigating this question using a pretty robust study design. In ...
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How can alcohol cause blindness?

Methanol is rapidly absorbed not only after oral ingestion but by inhalation or after cutaneous exposure and becomes oxidised in the liver to formaldehyde and to formic acid, metabolites which are ...
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Is it possible to kill parasitic worms by intoxicating oneself?

Although the previous answers give a resounding "No" for the case of human hosts and parasitic worms, a 2012 research paper (Alcohol Consumption As Self-Medication Against Blood-Borne Parasites In The ...
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Alcohol consumption and central nervous system

After alcohol intake, the cerebrum related functions like vision and speech is affected first and later on there's problem with the cerebellar functions like balancing and hand-eye coordination. My ...
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Does drinking alcohol having UTI may help to kill the bacteria?

To begin answering your question, Does drinking alcohol in reasonable amount by healthy individual (nonalcoholic) having UTI helps to kill bacteria in the urinary tract (in order to get rid of ...
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Methanol and brain damage -- special affinity for optic nerve or just really toxic?

Methanol toxicity is relatively rare and comparatively little is known about its etiology. I found a correspondence published in the journal Nature in 2004, it seems to a good review of the literature,...
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Is it possible to kill parasitic worms by intoxicating oneself?

The answer to your question depends on the kind of parasites you're focusing on. Looking at bacteria and gastro-intestinal infections, I found three articles (one based on a model stomach, a second ...
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Why is alcohol such a weak drug?

As Christiaan already pointed out, this depends on the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters. The effective drug concentration depends on the drug-receptor association constant and the drug ...
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Will meat rot in alcohol below freezing?

A chemist's perspective: Ethanol and water are miscible, meaning they are perfectly soluble in one another in all proportions. So given enough time, the alcohol will likely seep into the tissues and ...
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Is it possible to kill parasitic worms by intoxicating oneself?

From the first principles: The most sensitive to alcohol part of the human body is it's nervous system. Worms have much simpler (in both biochemistry and organization) nervous system, so they will ...
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Does drinking alcohol having UTI may help to kill the bacteria?

Drinking alcohol does not seem to be effective treatment for urinary tract infections. In this study, drinking 0.85 g ethanol/kg body weight (60 g ethanol or ~150 mL of 40% ABV spirit by a 70 kg ...
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Rice left in water for several months - what biological reactions or growths would occur?

It is likely a volatile organic compound (VOC) that is released as a by-product of microbial metabolism, although microbes can also produce some inorganic compounds, such as hydrogen sulfide (rotten ...
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Does alcohol really helps to get substances get faster into the bloodstream?

About 20% of alcohol is absorbed right through the stomach after drinking. This means alcohol could have a rapid effect on other aspects of digestion. Specifically, it could affect the rate of ...
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Is it true that ethanol can have some positive effects?

Different studies result in different answers, but in general there seems to be a small beneficial health effect of small amounts of alcohol. An example study is The association of lifetime alcohol ...
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Why is alcohol purged from the body more slowly when we sleep?

You are right, Culprit is Ethanol in Alcohol. It contains 2 carbon atoms, 6 Hydrogen atoms and 1 Oxygen atom. Ethanol is readily soluble in water, so it easily dissolves in the bloodstream and gets ...
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Can non-carbonated energy drinks boost alcohol intoxication?

A very well-written question, so I'm sorry if my answer is a bit too simple. Perhaps it will attract attention of somebody with a better answer. I think the effect could be mainly caused by the fact ...
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