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how long does it take to get cirrhosis with 3 drinks a day alcohol

A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
34 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Cant say: You may never develop cirrhosis; however, your question indicates a concern over an obviously heavy pattern of alcohol use. You need to stop drinking ... Read More

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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Sherman
43 years experience in Gastroenterology
Variable: A lot of factors are involved including the amount, the frequency, the type of alcohol, genetics, underlying liver problems. Most experts say it might ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience in Gastroenterology
Withdrawals: With a history of cirrhosis and that much recent alcohol ingestion, you are right in being worried that alcohol withdrawals could be difficult. It is ... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Survival benefit!: If you have alcoholic cirrhosis you will need to quite drinking for life. It will not stop cirrhosis, but it will prevent things from going downhill q ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Enrique Molina
34 years experience in Gastroenterology
It depends: depends on the amount of alcohol, male vs female (females more sensitive to alcohol damage). it usually takes a few years.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience in Gastroenterology
Varies: Depends on duration, dose, binge or regular/daily intake sex, other health issues, other liver issues including fatty liver, infections like hepatitis ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
20 years experience in Pediatrics
How : How quickly you break down alcohol and eliminate it from your system depends on many factors including gender, size, liver function, what medications ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
Alcohol Little effec: Alcohol has very little effect on thinning of the blood. So you do not need to worry about it. If there is any such effect, it is not of any consequen ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Lynch
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Opiates and alcohol: I'm really sorry you have to ask that question. Many reasons you could be asking. Maybe out of concern for someone but all the other reasons woul ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
27 years experience in Pediatrics
Variable: This would depend on how much alcohol someone drinks. Also, alcohol metabolism could vary from one person to the next. There's also a matter of thing ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
41 years experience in Cardiac Electrophysiology
Different people: will have different experiences and genetics may play a role. To some patients any alcohol at all is cardiotoxic whereas others seem to be almost immu ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience in Gastroenterology
Cirrhosis & alcohol: Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. It can occur without any alcohol consumption at all. Alcohol can exacerbate another condtion making it progress to ... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
A lot less than...: ...if you stop drinking all together. Please consider the long-term consequences of heavy alcohol intake, even if "only binge drinking."
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tara Pernot
23 years experience in Internal Medicine
Varies: sometimes alcohol can cause fatty liver or liver inflammation as quickly as a few days of binging or take longer depending on amount of alcohol intake ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Urine : Urine alcohol tests are not considered very reliable. Having sex does not reduce the level of alcohol in your urine.
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Under five years: When i trained, a diagnosis even of early cirrhosis in a person who continued to drink usually meant death within five years. You're on lactulose and ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Decades: but it depends on the kind of cancer, and whether other co-promoters or enhancers (like tobacco, or hepatitis C) are present. The most common alcohol- ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dai Takahashi
7 years experience in Internal Medicine
Alcohol clearance : there are generally few factors on clearance of alcohol. 1. Quantity of consumption. 2. Height and weight 3. Gender: Women is less predictable i ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
42 years experience in Internal Medicine
Probably: no data I know of on this to advise
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience in Gastroenterology
Variable: Hard to say. Usually many years but it is quite variable and some people may never develop cirrhosis.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evan Altman
18 years experience in Psychiatry
1 drink per hour: Alcohol metabolism/breakdown occurs at a fixed rate regardless of how much you drink. The rate is 1 drink per hour. If you drink 10 drinks in an hour, ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Depends: on exactly how much you drank your weight and how long since your last drink. The alcohol should be completely out of your system before you take a vi ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Welch
27 years experience in Internal Medicine
Meds and alcohol: Do not mix medication and Alcohol. Diflucan (fluconazole) stays in your system for at least 3 days.

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