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How long should you stop drinking alcohol before a colonoscopy

A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
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 24 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
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
Addiction Medicine 39 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.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 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 29 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
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 15 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 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
52 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 28 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.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
Surgery 40 years experience
Yes, but...: Only to a certain point...Since it appears that cirrhosis, once established is irreversible...Though progression can be halted.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Many steps: Aa, drug and alcohol counseling, doctor supervision, treatment of underlying conditions (such as depression, anxiety and/or adhd). Hard drug to beat, ... Read More