Nausea and vestibular dysfunction

Kalman Rubinson rubinsnk at is2.nyu.edu
Tue Apr 11 15:07:05 EST 1995


ljh at yellow.cc.utexas.edu wrote:
: Any hypothesis as to why the dizziness significantly precedes the nausea
: in most humans who drink that much alcohol? Just wondering.

Hypothesis: The infusion rate of alcohol into the endolymph is different 
from the rate into the maculae and cupulae creating a specific gravity 
differential.  This is perceived as a spurious sense of movement 
inconsistent with visual and tactile inputs.  Such different rates have 
been demonstrated in lab experiments.

The different rates of removal could be the cause of 'morning after.'
Just an idea.

Kal



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