What is Alcoholic ketoacidosis?

If I am told I have alcoholic ketoacidosis, what exactly does that mean?

asked 21 May '13, 17:00

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Keytones are a product of metabolizing alcohol, and ketone acidosis (ketoacidosis) is a complication of alcoholism.


Alcohol Abuse

Excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to various conditions like keytoacidosis.


Alcohol Rehab

In alcohol rehab clinics, sometimes people will jokingly refer to "hobo cologne" because someone "smells like an alcoholic" (due to keytone acidosis)

Basically you have so much booze in your system that people can smell it when they get near you.


answered 24 May '13, 15:28

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In alcoholic ketoacidosis - alcohol causes dehydration by forceing water out of the blood cells. This blocks the first step in the bodies production of glucose. The body then starts using your body fat for energy, which results in Ketone Body formation. Ketone Bodies are a by product of the body burning body fat for energy which is called Ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis can be smelled on a person's breath. This smell is often described as smelling like nail polish remover or alcohol. Diabetics can also have this condition but their breath tends to smell fruity.


answered 30 May '13, 13:14

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