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A 31-year-old member asked:

How long should i wait before drinking alcohol after a car accident with a possible liver laceration?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donn Schroder
General Surgery 40 years experience
It depends: It depends on the severity of the liver injury.Your doctor will know your case specifically and advise you. Blunt trauma can cause laceration the liver but in addition the liver is is often contused (bruised) which can affect liver function more than the laceration. Recovery can take weeks to months. If you are taking pain medication you definately should refrain from alcohol.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 36 years experience
Alcohol: If the car accident had anything to do with alcohol, i wouldn't recommend you drink ever. Consult with your physician for clearance for alcohol consumption.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Thanks for getting to the point, Dr. Bolhack.
Jan 20, 2015

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