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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

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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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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

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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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How much alcohol a day (or percentage of alcohol) does it take to cause cirrhosis of the liver?

How much alcohol a day (or percentage of alcohol) does it take to cause cirrhosis of the liver?

Variable: Only a small proportion, about 20% of chronic drinkers get cirrhosis. The amount of alcohol needed to start the process towards cirrhosis varies with the genetic makeup of the person and other issues, such as chronic viral hepatitis, state of nutrition etc. I would urge you to not take more than one drink a day. ...Read more

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Cirrhosis of the liver and a cold, what do you advise?

Cirrhosis of the liver and a cold, what do you advise?

Genlte approach: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Rest! ...Read more

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How many drinks a day does it take to get cirrhosis of the liver?

How many drinks a day does it take to get cirrhosis of the liver?

No magic number: In general, drinking one standard drink per day (5 oz wine, 1 1/2 oz liquor, 12 oz beer)or 7 drinks/week in women and men over 60 is not associated with liver injury. However, there are genetic factors, and some people are way more sensitive. Amounts about twice the above are needed for any injury, and usually 3-4 x those amounts for serious injury. If you have hep c, any amount of alcohol is bad. ...Read more

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Help please? How serious is cirrhosis of the liver?

Help please? How serious is cirrhosis of the liver?

Very: Cirrhosis is a liver disease which involves loss of liver cells and irreversible scarring of the liver. Treatment is designed to prevent further damage to the liver, treat the complications of cirrhosis, and prevent or detect liver cancer early. ...Read more

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How is it possible that drinking cause jaundice of the liver?

Liver damage: It causes liver damage, which in turn causes the liver to poorly process bilirubin, which is what leads to jaundice. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

I want to know what is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Cancer vs. benign: Primary cancer of the liver, or cancerous tumors that spread from another site to the liver, are malignant growths. Cirrhosis is a benign condition of the liver from alcohol abuse or hepatitis virus, among other causes. Cirrhosis can lead to liver failure or even cause primary liver cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how dangerous is cirrhosis of the liver?

Very: very dangerous, and potentially life threatening. however some people can live a normal life, as long as cirrhosis is "compensated" or early cirrhosis ...Read more

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What is hep b and how does it relate to cirossis of the liver?

What is hep b and how does it relate to cirossis of the liver?

Viral infection : Hepatitis b is a viral infection of the liver; and causes chronic infection in a very large number of people infected as infants or very young children ( <5% of people infected during adolescence or adulthood). Chronic infection with hbv results in chronic liver disease, including liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Cirrhosis is irreversible liver scarring and damage. Hepatitis b can be thus deadly. ...Read more

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If you're up to stage 2 of cirrhosis of the liver, how long can you expect to live?

If you're up to stage 2 of cirrhosis of the liver, how long can you expect to live?

Liver disease: The progression of liver disease is difficult to predict and depends on the source of injury. The majority of people with stage 2 fibrosis live many more years with the disease. ...Read more

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Is it good for your liver to drink alot of water?

Is it good for your liver to drink alot of water?

Hydration: Good Hydration is healthy for all organs. But, specifically hydration is more about the kidneys than the liver. ...Read more

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If a drug is hard on your liver is there anything you can do to assist your liver? Ie, drink lots of water???

If a drug is hard on your liver is there anything you can do to assist your liver?  Ie, drink lots of water???

Here's some ideas...: The liver performs amazing functions but it is sensitive to injury. Avoid concomitant ingestion of drugs with alcohol, don't exceed recommended doses of prescribed & OTC agents, take no supplements without a doctor's advice (many cause liver injury), no recreational drugs or "liver detoxes", minimize coincident known risks (e.g. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) more), & explore alternatives with your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Cirrhosis of the liver and a cold, what to do?

Cirrhosis of the liver and a cold, what to do?

Gentle cold tips.: Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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What's it mean to have cirrhosis of the liver?

What's it mean to have cirrhosis of the liver?

Scarring of the live: Cirrhosis of the liver refers to scarring and distortion of the architecture of the liver cells. Cirrhosis is the end result of an insult to the liver by infections like viruses, or substance like toxins, chemicals, medicines, or in some cases the result of heredity or autoimmunity. Patients with cirrhosis may develop liver failure. ...Read more

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Is there a good diet to help the liver heal if the liver is sick?

Avoid alcohol and: Tylenol. A balanced diet is adequate for the liver to heal. It is more important to avoid things that may hurt the liver, such as alcohol, acetaminophen. It is important to determine the etiology of liver "sickness" to determine if additional treatment may be needed. ...Read more

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How does cirrohsis of the liver and acute alcoholic hepatitus relate to one another?

How does cirrohsis of the liver and acute alcoholic hepatitus relate to one another?

One leads to other: Alcoholic hepatitis is an inflammatory process caused by excessive drinking, which is self-limited and if drinking doesn't continue, will heal completely in most cases. If excessive drinking continues, multiple episodes of alcoholic hepatitis (at least in genetically susceptible people) leads to scarring, which when it is severe, is cirrhosis. Severe alcoholic hepatitis can be fatal on its own. ...Read more

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What is damage to the liver apart from drinking too much alcohol?

What is damage to the liver apart from drinking too much alcohol?

Many things: Liver toxic drugs, viral or bacterial infections, liver or other cancers, blockages of the bile ducts, autoimmune diseases, heart/lung failure, and others. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a shot of alcohol to be processed by the liver?

How long does it take for a shot of alcohol to be processed by the liver?

About 60-90 minutes: That is an average but can vary from person to person based on genetics, sex, men tend to have increased metabolism, ethnicity, rate of gastric emptying. Increase activity or amount of liver enzymes from increase tolerance to alcohol. One drink is defined as 1.5 oz of 80 proof spirits, 5 oz of wine or 12 oz of beer. ...Read more