A 37-year-old member asked:
dad has been drinking whiskey 200 ml every day for the past 20 yrs, blood work last week was perfectly fine, how is this possible?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Alan Wartenberg answered
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
Very very common: There is a common misconception, even among doctors, that everyone who drinks regularly damages their liver. There are genetic predispositions to liver damage with drinking, and ultimately only about 30-35% of heavy drinkers get liver damage. Also depends on what blood work they did; they may not have done the most sensitive tests for alcohol use - ggt, cdt are the most sensitive.
Answered on Mar 30, 2018
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