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How much drinking does it take to cause cirrhosis of the liver?

How much drinking does it take to cause cirrhosis of the liver?

Varies by person: It depends on genetic susceptibility, nutritional status, other diseases. I have a good idea. Let's not find out. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Doc said diffuse fatty liver, but not enough to cause enlargment. 6 mo follow up. No cirrhosis. I don't drink, underweight. Is it reversible? 27 yo

Doc said diffuse fatty liver, but not enough to cause enlargment. 6 mo follow up. No cirrhosis. I don't drink, underweight. Is it reversible? 27 yo

Fatty liver: We pay more attention to fatty livers than we did years ago. It's good that you abstain from alcohol and you should avoid high fat foods. I recommend that a hepatologist or gastroenterologist follow you to insure progress and avoid cirrhosis of the liver. ...Read more

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Can having two episodes (one year apart)of extremely heavy drinking (the point of throwing up)+ a couple drinks every few months cause liver cirrhosis?

Can having two episodes (one year apart)of extremely heavy drinking (the point of throwing up)+ a couple drinks every few months cause liver cirrhosis?

No: Most folks including me had a few throw-up adventures as we were learning our limits. Glad you recovered. It wasn't really that much fun, was it? Be glad for good health and enjoy the wonderful gift of life with an unclouded brain. ...Read more

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How much do you have to drink to get cirrhosis of the liver?

How much do you have to drink to get cirrhosis of the liver?

Not universal: Not all patients who drink heavily develop alcoholic liver disease. However, the doctor can undoubtedly warn the patient who already has any form of alcoholic liver disease that continued alcohol use virtually guarantees that the disease will persist and likely worsen. Although many variables come into play, I believe a rough estimate of a chronic, heavy drinker getting cirrhosis is 30-40%. ...Read more

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Can I get cirrhosis of the liver by drinking pepsi or coke?

Can I get cirrhosis of the liver by drinking pepsi or coke?

No: Am aware of no known association. Unless you are putting rum into the coke, that is........ ...Read more

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How do you prevent cirrhosis of the liver from alcohol if you just drink socially?

How do you prevent cirrhosis of the liver from alcohol if you just drink socially?

Don't drink alcohol: The best prevention from alcohol induced liver damage that can lead to cirrhosis is NOT to drink alcohol, even socially. Drinking "socially" to you might mean something different to someone else regarding the amount of alcohol intake per week. In general, if you have been diagnosed with chronic liver disease and fibrosis or scarring of your liver, abstinence from alcohol will be the key. ...Read more

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My aunt has cirrhosis of the liver and is in her final stange, but she continues to drink vodka, how can I help her? How much longer will she live?

My aunt has cirrhosis of the liver and is in her final stange, but she continues to drink vodka, how can I help her? How much longer will she live?

Not long: On the outside - under a year and I believe that is for people who have stopped drinking. It may be very painful too and there is simply nothing I can find to say that is hopeful. Hospice is the thought I have and their experience with palliative care will be a big help to make the last months as good as possible. If you can, try to enjoy your time together and let a pro deal w/ the hard stuff. ...Read more

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How bad is your drinking to get cirrhosis of the liver?

How bad is your drinking to get cirrhosis of the liver?

Can't predict: Chronic heavy alcohol intake puts you at risk for cirrhosis. But there is no magic number as to when it will cause cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Can you get cirrhosis of the liver by drinking only on weekends?

Can you get cirrhosis of the liver by drinking only on weekends?

Yes: Yes, if you drink a lot on weekends. "binge drinkers" can get cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for cirrhosis of the liver if the patient stops drinking and stops taking lipitor (atorvastatin)?

What is the prognosis for cirrhosis of the liver if the patient stops drinking and stops taking lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Cirrhosis: Stopping alcohol is essential for those who want to maintain their health. Drinking and stopping Lipitor (atorvastatin) will continue to deteriorate. Lipitor (atorvastatin) is not to be taken if you have active liver disease. The prognosis depends on how much alcohol was used for how long, and how much damage was done to the liver. ...Read more

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Can cirrhosis of the liver affect someone's lungs? My mother in law, has affected liver and kidneys from drinking but now her breathing is affected?

Can cirrhosis of the liver affect someone's lungs? My mother in law, has affected liver and kidneys from drinking but now her breathing is affected?

Yes: In the late stages of liver failure, hepatopulmonary syndrome is to be expected. Lung vessels dilate too much to be well-oxygenated. The heart may also be failing making her short of breath, or an enlarged liver or fluid in the abdomen may be compressing the lungs from below. I'm sorry about your mom and I hope that you are a comfort to her now. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver my stepmother lives with me and is in stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. She was a heavy drinker (no longer drinking) and a prescription drug abuser. I take Xanax for anxiety. She has told me that her doctor said it was okay if

Stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver my stepmother lives with me and is in stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. She was a heavy drinker (no longer drinking) and a prescription drug abuser. I take Xanax for anxiety. She has told me that her doctor said it was okay if

You give her yours?: Don't believe it. No ethical or competent physician would ever tell anyone to take someone else's medication. People with histories of alcohol are at very high risk of abusing benzos, and especially xanax, (alprazolam) which has a very high abuse potential. If a doctor wants to prescribe anti-anxiety agents for her, there are far safer ones for her, and she needs to get her own medication from her own md. ...Read more

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My husband has had stage lV liver cirrhosis over 15 years from HepC. Will he die from this? Does not drink. Never did.

My husband has had stage lV liver cirrhosis over 15 years from HepC. Will he die from this? Does not drink. Never did.

Hepatitis C: Currently there are excellent treatments for patients infected with hepatitis C, even for those with cirrhosis,
go see a doctor who is well verse in hepatitis c treatment ...Read more

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Biopsy shows liver fibrois bridging cirrhosis. How long until progress to cirrhosis if drinking one shot of vodka every other day. Months or years?

Biopsy shows liver fibrois bridging cirrhosis. How long until progress to cirrhosis if drinking one shot of vodka every other day. Months or years?

What are you asking?: Please forgive my frankness. And listen to yourself. Are you trying to kill yourself? Or are you playing chicken with your liver? Surely you are not unable to live without vodka? If it fills some emotional need, there are other med that can give you a similar good feeling that won't make your awful disease speed up? With total sobriety your liver may heal. Dying from cirrhosis is horrible. ...Read more

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How much drinking would it take to get cirrhosis and need a liver transplant?

How much drinking would it take to get cirrhosis and need a liver transplant?

Depends...: Upon a number of factors including one's individual metabolism of the ethanol, how much binging is done, and whether other causes of liver disease are present such as chronic hepatitis c. ...Read more

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How long does it or may it take someone to develop liver cirrhosis from drinking alcohol?

How long does it or may it take someone to develop liver cirrhosis from drinking alcohol?

A lot depends: On quantity taken in? Even with a suspicion of cirrhosis, quit all alcohol ; see your pcp. ...Read more

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Long history of very heavy drinking. Ultrasound 16 Mnth ago showed fatty liver all else norm. Been abstinent 5 months. Is cirrhosis unlikely? Thanks.

Long history of very heavy drinking. Ultrasound 16 Mnth ago showed fatty liver all else norm. Been abstinent 5 months. Is cirrhosis unlikely? Thanks.

Yes, unlikely: An ultrasound can generally distinguish between fatty liver and the presence of denser tissue, like fibrosis and scarring (which are found in cirrhosis). If you stopped drinking, it should return to normal, and congratulations! Your doctor can follow up, generally with blood tests (or maybe another ultrasound) to determine whether things have gotten back to normal. Keep staying away from alcohol ...Read more

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Is fatty liver the first step nearing cirrhosis? Would it be like fatty liver hep c then cirrhosis? ? If you drink heavy every day for 10 year?

Is fatty liver the first step nearing cirrhosis? Would it be like fatty liver hep c then cirrhosis? ? If you drink heavy every day for 10 year?

Liver disease: Hepatitis C is a specific virus which is implicated in liver disease. Liver disease can be caused by a variety of factors, including diet, medication, alcohol, genetics, and infection (e.g. Hep C). Fatty liver disease can be potentially reversed if you are able to treat. Cirrhosis is thought to be irreversible. Cirrhosis often starts with fatty liver disease. Seek help for heavy drinking. ...Read more

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Can a person with liver cirrhosis can drink soy milk for protein source?

Can a person with liver cirrhosis can drink soy milk for protein source?

Yes: Soy milk is a good protein source, but the issue with cirrhosis is to limit protein, usually to no more than 40 grams/day. Your doctor should arrange for you to speak to a nutritionist who can give you more information on how much in the way of meat, fish, dairy and soy protein is safe for you. The severity of the cirrhosis and any history of increased ammonia problems will also impact this. ...Read more

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Husband had acute liver failure, septic a year ago has cirrhosis. And still drinking alcohol. What's the risk of acute failure again? How soon?

Husband had acute liver failure, septic a year ago has cirrhosis. And still drinking alcohol. What's the risk of acute failure again? How soon?

Very serious!: Cirrhosis is a very serious condition, whether acute or chronic. The danger of chronic cirrhosis is the liver will become "fatty" and will not function properly. The liver filters the blood of toxins and medications, as well as break down fats and proteins, and is also responsible for blood clotting. When someone with acute cirrhosis continues to drink alcohol, the liver will be destroyed. ...Read more

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Husband has liver fibrosis bridging cirrhosis but stopped drinking. Takes lactulose and stopped drinking three months ago. Will disesase get better?

Husband has liver fibrosis bridging cirrhosis but stopped drinking. Takes lactulose and stopped drinking three months ago. Will disesase get better?

Hoping so!: I'm going to assume that alcohol is the sole cause, and that he's been checked for hemochromatosis, Wilson's, and hepatitis B and C. If he does choose to stop drinking, having a loving and forgiving wife will be the most wonderful support he can have. Cirrhosis does regress some on achieving sobriety. Hopefully his mind is still basically okay. Wishing you both the best. ...Read more

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My sister just got diagnosed with liver cirrhosis from years of drinking and abusing prescription medication. Does it ALWAYS lead to liver cancer?

My sister just got diagnosed with liver cirrhosis from years of drinking and abusing prescription medication. Does it ALWAYS lead to liver cancer?

No: Usually it doesn't. However, if she does not stop drinking, it is just as deadly as if it was cancer. You already know that there is nothing you can do to change her. I am glad you are there for her should she be able to get her life together and seek you out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What's healthy diet & life style other than drink and meat consider.& routine exercise, enough sleep, lack of worry for potential liver cirrhosis?

What's healthy diet & life style other than drink and meat consider.& routine exercise, enough sleep, lack of worry for potential liver cirrhosis?

How is your weight: If you are doing all the good things you listed, make sure your BP and cholesterol are normal and your weight is in the healthy range. Are you drinking alcohol excessively? ...Read more

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See veins on stomach could it be due to having 5 kids? Had fatty liver 2 yrs ago elev enzymes 1 yr & now normal a yr. Could It b cirrhosis no drinking

Yes: 5 kids at 35 is a DEFINITE reasons for the veins you see and the fatty liver was probably from your weight??? (You did not include this in your question) The fatty liver alone can result in abnormal Liver Function tests!
These are (as you apparently note) reversible and DO NOT REPRESENT CIRRHOSIS which is SCARRING and is NOT reversible.
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more