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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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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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