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My ex is daily drinker. He had borderline liver test where he was losing some of his liver usage. What test will show alcohol use chronic?

My ex is daily drinker. He had borderline liver test where he was losing some of his liver usage. What test will show alcohol use chronic?

Drinking that: interferes w/work, marriage, relationships, etc. is a problem that needs to be managed. Some say "it's only beer" or "it's only on weeks ends." This clinical way of measuring drinking problems is more useful than ounces and type of drink. Peace and good health. The borderline liver function tests adds to the need to deal w/this. AA is a good start. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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Please advise! how much alcohol use does it take to cause liver damage?

Please advise! how much alcohol use does it take to cause liver damage?

Any: All alcohol use actually can damage your liver. It depends on how healthy your liver is so it can detox the alcohol. However bingeing on large quantities at a time can overwhelm your natural capacities to process and is particularly harmful. Chronic use over time does the same. ...Read more

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Can a liver test reveal drug or alcohol use?

Can a liver test reveal drug or alcohol use?

Sort of: Regular heavy drinking and problematic alcohol use can be diagnosed with certain liver enzyme tests and other blood tests and biomarkers of alcohol intake such as GGT, CDT, PEth. Drug problems can't be diagnosed by liver tests per se but blood, urine, and hair can be tested for drugs of abuse or their metabolites. Interpreting these tests is not always straightforward depending on the context. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my liver enzymes are elevated from taking aspirin and not from alcohol use?

How can I tell if my liver enzymes are elevated from taking aspirin and not from alcohol use?

Halt the injury: Liver enzyme elevation results from destruction of liver cells. Alcohol is a toxin that can severely damage the liver and stopping alcohol use will certainly reduce liver damage. A typical baby Aspirin should not have much impact on a previously healthy liver, but alcohol will. ...Read more

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What else can cause elevated liver enzymes beside hep. Chronic alcohol use, chirrosis. No meds taken.?

What else can cause elevated liver enzymes beside hep. Chronic alcohol use, chirrosis. No meds taken.?

Lots of things: Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver which is often what elevated liver enzymes represent - but many things can cause that inflammatory process. ...Read more

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Hi I have quit drinking alcohol use to drink up to 60 units weekly. Taken up coffee two cups daily. Will this have a good affect on my liver ?

Hi I have quit drinking alcohol use to drink up to 60 units weekly. Taken up coffee two cups daily. Will this have a good affect on my liver ?

Probably.: Research has shown that 1-2 cups of coffee per day can be useful in various types of liver inflammation. I feel that you are doing your liver more of a service by having stopped abusing alcohol, however. If you have continued concerns for your liver, your primary care doctor can do blood tests that will give a good idea whether you are having any liver problems at this time. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect the body?

How does alcohol affect the body?

Alcohol: Alcohol affects every part of the body, from brain, to liver, heart, kidneys, blood, skin, only to mention a few. ...Read more