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A 45-year-old male asked:

One glass of wine a day is good for the heart, but is it good for the liver?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
Depends: In general, healthy people without existing liver disease can tolerate and, we think, benefit from 1-2 glasses of wine daily. If you are on other medication or have a history of hepatitis or other liver disease, ask your doctor and have liver function tests performed.
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Dr. Rama Garimella
Cardiology 34 years experience
It depends on pt: Most people ok to have 1 glass a day. Certain population is at highrisk for liver damage: being female – this could be because women develop higher levels of alcohol in the blood than men even if they’ve drunk the same amount of alcohol (5) being overweight – excess weight can exacerbate many of the mechanisms of liver damage caused by excessive drinking . People with pre existing liver disease.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Wine.: Wine in amounts up to one glass daily, especially red wine, has been shown to have heart benefits. The resveritrol found in red wine is particularly beneficial. However, more than 2.5 glasses/day for a man or 1.5 glasses/day for a woman can lead to cirrhosis. So enjoy, but be careful.
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Last updated Feb 12, 2016
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