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How Much Alcohol Will Cause Liver Damage
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
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: Depends on the person, food taken, daily medications, water intake and multitude of other factors. Don't try to test it. ...Read more
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
It's amazing: After a poisoning or acute hepatitis with 99% of the liver cells gone, they'll replace themselves in a few days. Ultramarathon runners routinely sustain extensive necrosis of liver cells and have them back in equally short order. However -- don't get smug; alcohol abuse and other unfortunate things can scar up the liver and this doesn't heal nearly so well. ...Read more
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
No one knows: There is no threshold amount. We are told that anyone using more than 4 grams of acetometophen daily risk problems yet i see patients on this and more without issues. Most of my patients on more than 60 pills a day have had some issues. ...Read more
Varies by person: It depends on genetic susceptibility, nutritional status, other diseases. I have a good idea. Let's not find out. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Toxic: Tea comes from the tea plant (camellia sinensis). Herbal teas come from other plants. Some may contain toxins that can affect the liver cells themselves, the blood vessels in the liver, and/or bile excretion or the bile ducts. Some contain pyrrolizidine compounds which are toxic. Natural does not necessarily mean safe-even if iherb has been used for thousands of years. ...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
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