Can you drink alcohol or use smokeless tobacco with a concussion?

Not Medical Advice: While being treated, avoiding caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs or stimulants is strongly recommended.

As explained by MedlinePlus, a concussion is a type of brain injury. It involves a short loss of normal brain function. It happens when a hit to the head or body causes your head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in your brain. Sometimes it can also stretch and damage your brain cells.

Sometimes people call a concussion a "mild" brain injury. It is important to understand that while concussions may not be life-threatening, they can still be serious.

Concussions are a common type of sports injury. Other causes of concussions include blows to the head, bumping your head when you fall, being violently shaken, and car accidents.

Symptoms of a concussion may not start right away; they may start days or weeks after the injury. Symptoms may include a headache or neck pain. You may also have nausea, ringing in your ears, dizziness, or tiredness. You may feel dazed or not your normal self for several days or weeks after the injury. Consult your health care professional if any of your symptoms get worse, or if you have more serious symptoms such as

Convulsions or seizures

Drowsiness or inability to wake up

A headache that gets worse and does not go away

Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination

Repeated vomiting or nausea


Slurred speech

Loss of consciousness

Check out these 7 Tips for Concussion Recovery from Cerebrum Health Centers.

Thursday, September 21 2017