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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24-THE LETHBRIDGE March Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I think it would be of interest to many of us if you would explain just what happens to a person when he has a hangover. What causes those awful eye pains and headache? Is it the alcohol's reaction on veins or muscles or both? Some people's hands shake so bad they can't hold a cup of col fee' Why? How about being thirsty all the time? What organs are affected to cause both vomiting and diarrhea9 Are all organs of the body affected by alcohol7 Dear Reader Alcohol is a cellular toxin. It seeps directly into any cell it comes in contact with. It coagulates protein, and you know that our cells contain lots of protein vital to their function. Our food and many other substances are transported into the cells through complex chemical processes, but alcohol goes right through. In the bloodstream it causes the red blood cells to tend to stick together. In this way they can clump and plug up small arteries This in turn interferes with getting oxygen to vital cells. The headache and the eyeache, which can be a part of a hangover, are caused by the overdilatation of the arteries in the brain region and around the skull. These arteries have small nerve libers in their walls The overstretched arteries stimulate the tiny nerves too much and set up the pain pattern Coffee contains caffeine, and this drug causes the arteries to constrict. By this action coffee sometimes helps to relieve the hangover headache The problem with using coffee is that the caffeine also stimulates the stomach to pour out a lot of acid pepsin juice This is hard on a stomach already irritated by alcohol The alcohol tends to dissolve away the protective mucus coating over the lining of the stomach, and the cells are exposed directly to the action of alcohol. This leads to inflammation of the stomach, pain, sometimes nausea and vomiting. A similar action is irritating to the intestines that disturbs their function which can lead to diarrhea. Alcohol also causes the kidneys to eliminate a lot of water This is brought about bv a complex endocrine reflex mechanism. The end result is that the body loses a lot of water that it needs. That causes the thirst after the drinking episode. The thirst stimulates you to replace the needed body water. With each alcoholic episode some brain cells are damaged, possibly from the alcohol action and possibly indirectly because of plugging up the small arteries with clumped red blood cells, decreasing oxygen delivery. In any case the person who drinks a lot loses the normal ability to learn, and after death the damaged areas of the brain can be observed. The alcohol's bad effects on the nerve cells affect co- ordination, and the changes in body chemistry affect the muscle-nerve smooth co- ordination. As a result, shakes occur In general, alcohol does affect the whole body. I can't think of anything good it does except act as a social lubricant and a sedative even the latter is not always the case Dr. Lamb welcomes ques- tions from his readers, but because of the volume of mail he cannot answer personally. Questions of general interest will be discussed in future columns. Write Dr. Lamb in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS March 28, 1974 Canada's foremost humorist Stephen Leacock died in Toronto 30 years ago today in 1944 A native of England, Leacock was a pioneer political economist in Canada and an historian of early Canada and the British Empire. He is best remembered as a humorist and his works have been translated into many languages. 1950 United States ambassador Laurence Stemhardt was killed in a plane crash near Ottawa. 1949 Sir Albert Walsh was appointed lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland. 1939 Spanish insurgents captured Madrid. 1854 Britain and France declared war on Russia. 1814 USS Essex surrendered to two British ships at Valparaiso, Chile. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN To Tntm Neither vulnerable. South deals. NORTH 4962 0 A Q J 10 WEST EAST A Q 7 4 J 10 5 10 THE KING- iS HANDUNG THE TSJSASUO Mogooy ,s soiMi? ID HI AND LOIS I THINK' HE'D BE EMBARRASSED TO WAKE UP AND FIND THOSE V KIPS WATCHING HIM LOAF BUGS BUNNY 6ET VOUK THUMB OUT OF MV SOUP.' WILL-THERE BS ELSE? I'M A LITTLE NERVOUS. BUGS JUST PROMOTE? ME FROM P1SH- WASHER TO WAITER i I'LL HAVE A BOWL OP MULLISITAWNY SOUPJ THANK YOU, MASTER FUPP! I AM PeSICCATEt? WITH MORTIFICATION; HE'S AN WJj ELEPHANT- 1 EARED NO, BUT HE SURE IS Y" A GOOD <-ae LISTENER c THIS IS A VERY RARE BIRO PROM BORNEO ARCHIE WHAT'S II DID WAX .XlT BY CANDLE- LIGHT TO SAVE IN THAT CASE I'LL GIVE YOU A PASSING MARK HAGAR THE HORRIBLE OiO WHAT 00 PO NOtf BEETLE Mfttt SINCEYOUVEHAPA SOPPY? 7-28 ;