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A 41-year-old female asked:

Recently stopped drinking alcohol after years of moderate use,no health issues, but how long for body to truly recover be healthy after years of it?

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Dr. James Rotchford
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
It depends: Occasionally there is irreversible damage to organs as a result of chronic alcohol use. We generally consider the brain to be pretty well back to baseline after 6 months or so and after being abstinent for 12 months one is formally into remission. If not scarred the liver will get back to normal I suspect within a month or so. Talk to a physician about the details of your exam and hx.
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