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A 38-year-old member asked:

How much time does it take for alcohol to damage the liver?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
How badly?: You can give yourself fatty liver over a single wild weekend. It'll heal right up soon after the hangover. For cirrhosis, the traditional wisdom is 15 pint/year of the hard stuff (say, 3 pints of whiskey a day for five years) to have any chance of cirrhosis. Alcoholic hepatitis usually follows going on a drunk sometimes after sobering up. Please use alcohol wisely if at all.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

How much alcohol does it take to damage your liver from drinking?

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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
Depends: Depends on the person, food taken, daily medications, water intake and multitude of other factors. Don't try to test it.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long does it take alcohol to damage the liver?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
How fast can you...: ... Drink the stuff? If you get blotto, your liver cells will leak enzymes into your bloodstream. Now, the good news is that your liver is a fantastic healer (grows back faster than hair.) generally, if you drink a six-pack of beer or less daily, you're unlikely to get cirrhosis, but drink a quart of whiskey daily and you may get hepatitis at any time or cirrhosis in a few years.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is damage to the liver apart from drinking too much alcohol?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Many things: Liver toxic drugs, viral or bacterial infections, liver or other cancers, blockages of the bile ducts, autoimmune diseases, heart/lung failure, and others.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How much alcohol will cause permanent damage to my liver?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Why do you ask?: Staying drunk for more than a few days puts you at risk for alcoholic hepatitis which has a fair chance of killing you. Thankfully it's fairly uncommon. Fifteen pint-years is usually required for cirrhosis, the really permanent injury (say 3 pints of whiskey / day for 5 years) but drink like this & you have a fair chance of losing control and/or damage your brain and/or do something you'll regret.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How much alcohol can my liver withstand?

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Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: On what disease you refer to. For cirrhosis, it takes usually heavy consumption for many years... Though some people may develop this faster. Other disease such as fatty liver or acute alcoholic hepatitis can develop in shorter time spans.

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