A member asked:

Drank since 21 but last 6 mos more heavy (5-6 most days). ast 329, alt 79, all other levels normal. no new meds. was taking 4 advil twice daily for aches/pains. mostly stopped advil year ago. could be cihrrosis already? levels normal in 2017.

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Dr. Shaban Faruqui answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

About 10 to 20 percent of heavy drinkers usually develop cirrhosis after 10 or more years. Generally, drinking 80 grams of ethanol daily for 10 to 20 years is required to develop cirrhosis which corresponds to approximately one liter of wine, eight standard sized beers, or one half pint of hard liquor each day.Heavy drinkers and alcoholics may progress from fatty liver to hepatitis to cirrhosis.

Answered Aug 9, 2019



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