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How long should you stop drinking alcohol before a colonoscopy

A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Am concerned about: anybody who asks about whether they can or cannot drink with some procedure or with drug X, because that is a red flag that drinking alcohol is too im... Read More
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 23 years experience
Agree with below: not a question that most social-only drinkers would ask. Daily alcohol consumption can make sedating you more difficult as your liver is revved up. W... Read More

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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
Addiction Medicine 38 years experience
Unknown: although most alcohol is metabolized at an average rate of 1oz of alcohol per hour it depends on how much and when you last drank.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Variable: There is not a simple answer for this question. Many people with alcoholism have been -using alcohol to self medicate anxiety, depression or other co... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Discuss with doctor.: Campral is one of the latest agents in the battle against alcoholism/abuse; and can be effective if used correctly. Please discuss this with your phy... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Feras Abdul khalek
Hematology and Oncology 14 years experience
See below : Excessive alcohol intake can cause liver disease which can cause macrocytic anemia. Also people people who drink lots of alcohol could have nutrient a... Read More
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Alcohol: Rehab programs & aa meetings, as well as deterrants prescribed by your doctor, such as Antabuse (disulfiram) or campral, and detox if warranted. Glad ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
That depends: On what your caloric intake from alcohol was.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Depends: Alcohol effects the liver more than the kidneys. Generally if one stays well hydrated there is no clinical effect on the kidneys.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
triglycerides: Triglyceride levels will come down somewhat soon after ceasing alcohol drinking. Depending on the length of time you've been drinking and the other da... Read More
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Yes: So long as you do not have cirrhosis, most alcoholic liver disease will improve or resolve if you stop all alcohol intake.

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