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A 37-year-old member asked:

how long does it take the liver to recover from a very high amount of alcohol over the christmas period? thank you.

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Days: I believe that if you have a healthy liver it can get over the effects of a heavy alcohol binge in a few days. However repeated binges can seriously injure liver tissue that leads to inflammation and eventually scarring(cirrhosis) after some years.

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How long does liver take to regenerate after abstaining from alcohol?

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