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How much alcohol does it take to damage your liver from drinking?

How much alcohol does it take to damage your liver from drinking?

Depends: Depends on the person, food taken, daily medications, water intake and multitude of other factors. Don't try to test it. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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 long does it take alcohol to damage the liver?

How long does it take alcohol to damage the liver?

How fast can you...: ... Drink the stuff? If you get blotto, your liver cells will leak enzymes into your bloodstream. Now, the good news is that your liver is a fantastic healer (grows back faster than hair.) generally, if you drink a six-pack of beer or less daily, you're unlikely to get cirrhosis, but drink a quart of whiskey daily and you may get hepatitis at any time or cirrhosis in a few years. ...Read more

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How long can it take to damage your liver/kidneys from drinking alcohol?

It depends: There are many factors involved, such as other stressors on these organs, your age, how often you drink and how much at a time. If you have a family history of alcoholism or other drug addiction, it becomes more likely that your drinking will at some point get our of control. In general, the heavier you drink, the more damage is done. ...Read more

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

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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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How much damage does drinking with mono hurt your liver?

How much damage does drinking with mono hurt your liver?

Mono causes: inflammation of the liver and elevation of your liver enzymes. Your liver is not working as well while you have mono. Since alcohol is metabolized in the liver, you should not drink any alcohol if you have mono. ...Read more

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How much alcohol will cause permanent damage to my liver?

How much alcohol will cause permanent damage to my liver?

Why do you ask?: Staying drunk for more than a few days puts you at risk for alcoholic hepatitis which has a fair chance of killing you. Thankfully it's fairly uncommon. Fifteen pint-years is usually required for cirrhosis, the really permanent injury (say 3 pints of whiskey / day for 5 years) but drink like this & you have a fair chance of losing control and/or damage your brain and/or do something you'll regret. ...Read more

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How much alcohol can my liver withstand?

How much alcohol can my liver withstand?

Depends: On what disease you refer to. For cirrhosis, it takes usually heavy consumption for many years... Though some people may develop this faster. Other disease such as fatty liver or acute alcoholic hepatitis can develop in shorter time spans. ...Read more

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Please advise! how much alcohol does it take to cause fatty liver disease?

Fatty liver disease: The most common cause of fatty liver disease is being overweight. Excess glucose is stored as glycogen primarily in the liver. Etoh can contribute to fatty liver due to the excess carbohydrates being consumed. ...Read more

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How can heavy drinking damage the liver?

How can heavy drinking damage the liver?

The damage takes: Place over time. You slowly cause irritation and damage to the liver. Depending on how much you drink and how many years, your weight and your own sensitivity over the years it can eventually progress from mild hepatic liver enzyme elevation to alcoholic hepatitis to eventually frank cirrhosis and eventually death. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol damage your brain cells?

Does drinking alcohol damage your brain cells?

Yes: Alcohol does effect brain structure, function, neuro cognition in adolescent. Studies have found that adolescent heavy drinkers exhibit decrements in memory , attention and speeded information processing , and executive functioning. Heavy alcohol use in adolescence has an adverse influence on the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex volume. Heaps studies available how alcohol impact adult brain. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how much drinking alcohol does it take to damage the liver?

It depends: Alcohol is toxic to the liver. But liver has good reserve, so 1 or 2 drinks a day is the maximum allowed. Anything more can cause alcohlic hepatitis which over some years can lead to cirrhosis(scarred liver) or liver cancer. ...Read more

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How much alcohol does it take to cause brain damage?

How much alcohol does it take to cause brain damage?

Complicated question: With the same amount of alcohol people experience different degrees of impairment and damage. Some people are more vulnerable than others to brain damage due to alcohol. The good news is that most alcohol abusers with cognitive impairment show at least some improvement in brain structure and functioning within a year of abstinence. ...Read more

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How does drinking alcohol cause liver cancer?

Cirrhosis: Is closely linked to hepatoma, and the best way to get cirrhosis is to drink to excess. ...Read more

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How does drinking alcohol cause liver cancers to form?

Cirrhosis: Liver damage from excess alcohol intake can lead to cirrhosis, damaging the liver. The inflammation from the cirrhosis damage can cause some of the damaged cells to become cancerous, forming liver cancer (hepatocellular cancer). Hepatitis virus can also cause this same problem. ...Read more

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Why does alcohol damage the liver and not other organs?

It does damage other: Organs, bigtime. Alcohol damages virtually every human organ system, burns the GI tract, causes bleeding, inflammation, ulcers, burns the pancreas out, kills brain cells, produces major psychiatric problems as well as brain damage, causes anemia, low white counts, serious infections, almost every kind of cancer. Sometimes i think a lot of people have been living in a bubble sometimes :-). ...Read more

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How much time does it take for alcohol to damage the liver?

How much time does it take for alcohol to damage the liver?

How badly?: You can give yourself fatty liver over a single wild weekend. It'll heal right up soon after the hangover. For cirrhosis, the traditional wisdom is 15 pint/year of the hard stuff (say, 3 pints of whiskey a day for five years) to have any chance of cirrhosis. Alcoholic hepatitis usually follows going on a drunk sometimes after sobering up. Please use alcohol wisely if at all. ...Read more

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How does heroin affect your liver health?

How does heroin affect your liver health?

If pure, it doesn't: Opioids have little effect on the liver, but can cause gall bladder spasm, and even pancreatitis in some sensitive people. The major liver problems that result from heroin use are NOT from the heroin, but from contaminants in the drug, or sharing of needles and injection paraphernelia, or non-sterile injection techniques. Hepatitis B and C are the most common in the US, with cirrhosis&liver cancer ...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 recover liver damaged by alcohol?

Depends, often yes: Alcohol harms the liver in stages, and until the very end stages (cirrhosis = scarring), the damage is reversible if one stops drinking. First is alcoholic hepatitis, which can show just on lab tests, or can cause right upper abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, bloating, jaundice (yellow skin), bruising/bleeding, and hormone changes. Quitting drinking at any stage will improve health & decrease risks. ...Read more

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Whats effect of alcohol on the liver?

Whats effect of alcohol on the liver?

It's a toxin: In large doses... It's relatively beneficial in small amounts. ...Read more

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How much alcohol can my liver withstand?

Depends: On what disease you refer to. For cirrhosis, it takes usually heavy consumption for many years... Though some people may develop this faster. Other disease such as fatty liver or acute alcoholic hepatitis can develop in shorter time spans. ...Read more

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How long does it take alcohol to damage the liver?

How fast can you...: ... Drink the stuff? If you get blotto, your liver cells will leak enzymes into your bloodstream. Now, the good news is that your liver is a fantastic healer (grows back faster than hair.) generally, if you drink a six-pack of beer or less daily, you're unlikely to get cirrhosis, but drink a quart of whiskey daily and you may get hepatitis at any time or cirrhosis in a few years. ...Read more

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What is worse for the liver, alcohol or bad foods?

What is worse for the liver, alcohol or bad foods?

Alcohol: Consumed beyond moderation. Diet has little impact on your liver in spite of all the 'pop' claims. Less well-known is the risk of a sedentary lifestyle -- you must exercise or your liver will not function well and is likely to get fatty. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a damaged liver from alcohol?

What are the signs of a damaged liver from alcohol?

Many...: There are many manifestations of liver disease. They include skin findings of jaundice, red "spiders" skin spots, red palms, bruising; lab abnormalities e.g. Elevated lfts, low platelets, low albumin, elevated inr; and abnormal imaging of the liver with us, ct or mri. See your doctor if you are concerned. Good luck! ...Read more

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Help please? How much alcohol can the liver process?

Help please? How much alcohol can the liver process?

Depends.: This depends on many factors, including prior drinking history, genetic predisposition, and other medical illnesses. Regardless, Current recommendations say that anything more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men is probably not healthy on a routine basis. Moderation is key. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would a damaged liver worsen the effects of alcohol?

Absolutely: Alcohol is a toxin. If your liver is already injured, using alcohol can make this worse. However, a damaged liver should worsen the effects of alcohol elsewhere in the body (such as getting drunk more easily). ...Read more

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Does liver regenerate as soon as alcohol out of body ?

Recovery: Some degree of recovery is possible depending on how much damage has been done - amount and length of abuse are important factors. ...Read more

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Why does alcohol damage the liver and not other organs?

It does damage other: Organs, bigtime. Alcohol damages virtually every human organ system, burns the GI tract, causes bleeding, inflammation, ulcers, burns the pancreas out, kills brain cells, produces major psychiatric problems as well as brain damage, causes anemia, low white counts, serious infections, almost every kind of cancer. Sometimes i think a lot of people have been living in a bubble sometimes :-). ...Read more

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How much alcohol will cause permanent damage to my liver?

Why do you ask?: Staying drunk for more than a few days puts you at risk for alcoholic hepatitis which has a fair chance of killing you. Thankfully it's fairly uncommon. Fifteen pint-years is usually required for cirrhosis, the really permanent injury (say 3 pints of whiskey / day for 5 years) but drink like this & you have a fair chance of losing control and/or damage your brain and/or do something you'll regret. ...Read more

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When your liver breaks down alcohol, is a toxin produced?

When your liver breaks down alcohol, is a toxin produced?

Yes.: The sequence is, alcohol to acetaldehyde to Acetic Acid (vinegar) to carbon dioxide, of these, acetaldehyde is toxic, as is, of course, alcohol itself. Antabuse (disulfiram) works by slowing down the conversion of acetaldehyde to vinegar. ...Read more

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What are effects of alcohol on a previously damaged liver?

What are effects of alcohol on a previously damaged liver?

Probably harmful: Alcohol is toxic to the liver. Depending on the extent of previous damage, the reason for the damage, and whether or not the liver was able to recover fully, alcohol could do real harm. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for alcohol to damage the liver?

How badly?: You can give yourself fatty liver over a single wild weekend. It'll heal right up soon after the hangover. For cirrhosis, the traditional wisdom is 15 pint/year of the hard stuff (say, 3 pints of whiskey a day for five years) to have any chance of cirrhosis. Alcoholic hepatitis usually follows going on a drunk sometimes after sobering up. Please use alcohol wisely if at all. ...Read more

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How much alcohol is the liver capable of oxidizing per hour?

How much alcohol is the liver capable of oxidizing per hour?

About one drink/hour: The liver actually gets "revved up" the more you drink, and heavier drinkers can metabolize more alcohol, but the alcohol ultimately causes damage. Once that damage is severe, the liver can actually metabolize less alcohol. One drink per hour is about the rate we metabolize, if by one drink we mean a shot (1.5 oz) of 40 percent spirits, 12 oz 6% beer or 5 oz 10% wine. ...Read more

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'm alcohol free i'm perfectly fine could I have liver problems?

Possibly: There can be other types of insult to the liver besides alcohol abuse. To ensure good liver health either don’t drink alcohol or limit your intake (1 drink for females & 2 for males/ day). Be proactive with hepatitis b (& a) vaccination. Avoid risks like sharing needles (iv drug use), unprotected sex or lack of sanitation with piercings & tattoos. Protect from blood and fecal contact when >>. ...Read more

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What are things that can damage your liver (other than alcohol)?

What are things that can damage your liver (other than alcohol)?

Hepatitis drugs: Since liver is the main organ metabolizing everything any drugs chemicals all can cause liver damage . let alone diseases hepatitis ,storage diseases ,irfom low bpon ,tylenol (acetaminophen) ,shock liver etc to mention a few ...Read more

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Which is worse for the liver? Alcohol or ecstasy and by how much?

Which is worse for the liver? Alcohol or ecstasy and by how much?

Alcohol is worse : Of Alcohol or ecstasy , alcohol has the potential for toxic effects on the liver while ecstasy does not appear to have any. That said ecstasy has a greater risk of heart damage and even death in normal use. ...Read more

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