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Re: Codeine for Depression Treatment shelliR

Posted by Elizabeth on May 30, 2001, at 14:08:27

In reply to Re: Codeine for Depression Treatment Elizabeth, posted by shelliR on May 29, 2001, at 21:26:43

> Elizabeth, I'm a bit confused on this one. Are you talking about alcohol as a toxin when used as an antidepressant, or are you talking about a glass of wine with dinner?

I've said it before: "The difference between a medicine and a poison is the dose." (I know that quote comes from somewhere, but I'm not sure where.) Alcohol is an organic solvent and its intoxicant effects are not unlike those of other solvents (ataxia, CNS depression, etc.), although it is *less* toxic than some of the industrial solvents that some people ingest (for some reason). Alcohol overdoses can be lethal, and lethal polydrug overdoses almost always involve alcohol. Long-term overuse can lead to all sorts of organ failure.

The difference between moderation and excess is a crucial one.





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