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How Much Alcohol Is The Liver Capable Of Oxydizing
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
About half oz/hour: About half oz per hour.Get a more detailed answer ›
Half oz/hour: About half oz per hour.Get a more detailed answer ›
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