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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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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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I drank 1 shot of alcohol then had two cups of water 1.5 hours ago. Just took a tylenol (acetaminophen). Will my liver fail and i die?

I drank 1 shot of alcohol then had two cups of water 1.5 hours ago. Just took a tylenol (acetaminophen). Will my liver fail and i die?

Not likely if you : Took one tylenol (acetaminophen) as stated. However, tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose is a leading cause of liver failure & death. ...Read more

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I just had a liver MRI with contrast because I have some nudules. I habe drink 2 lts of water, its been 5 hours. Can I drink alcohol?

I just had a liver MRI with contrast because I have some nudules. I habe drink 2 lts of water, its been 5 hours. Can I drink alcohol?

Worries me that you: are being evaluated for liver nodules, something which alcohol can actually cause, and your first concern right after finishing the test is whether you can drink alcohol. Please talk fully with your doctor about your alcohol use - how many drinks, how often, for how long a time. If you have other kinds of liver problems, even if your drinking is not problematic, it isn't a good thing to add in. ...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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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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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 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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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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How much alcohol per day can a liver tolerate without bad effects?

How much alcohol per day can a liver tolerate without bad effects?

Varies.: It's a very individual response. Some people seem to tolerate what can be considered unsafe levels for extended periods without much damage to their livers, while others don't tolerate even moderate amounts. It's a cumulative effect. The more you drink and for the longest period, the more likely to develop liver disease. Nutrition is important too. Poor nutrition makes it more likely to develop. ...Read more

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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

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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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What to do if I have an enlarged liver, should I abstain from alcohol completely. I am in so much pain too?

Yes...: If you have any disease or disorder involving your liver you should abstain from all alcohol. See you doctor for more specific instructions. Good luck! ...Read more

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Liver blood values got 50 u/l-gpt 84 u/l-ggt 118 u/l , big problem? Had much alcohol past 2 weeks, stopped 2 days before test

I'm happy for you: Congratulations on recognizing the problem. Your physician will probably ask to have these repeated in two weeks off alcohol. They will probably be normal. You have dodged a bullet. Your life will be far better without alcohol, and my hope is that the new friendships and activities that you find will be as richly rewarding as others who have had the same experience. ...Read more

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Been drinking alcohol pretty much everydady for 10 months. what are my chances of having liver disease?

Been drinking alcohol pretty much everydady for 10 months. what are my chances of having liver disease?

You have a very: good chance.Alcohol is a liver toxin.Try a little moderation ( no more than 1-2 drinks/day after a period of abstinence and liver recovery).Best of luck. ...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