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Doctor insights on: How Much Alcohol Will Cause Liver Damage

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Please advise! how much alcohol use does it take to cause liver damage?

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

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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Could drinking alcohol cause liver damage?

Could drinking alcohol cause liver damage?

Yes.: Alcoholic hepatitis is hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) due to excessive intake of alcohol. It is usually found in association with fatty liver, an early stage of alcoholic liver disease, and may contribute to the progression of fibrosis, leading to cirrhosis . ...Read more

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If I go cold turkey giving up alcohol for a month will it cause further liver damage?

If I go cold turkey giving up alcohol for a month will it cause further liver damage?

I am a little : nervous here. You are a 54 year old female and I am assuming that you have some form of liver damage related to alcohol use. My questions is - do you have physical dependence on alcohol? If the answer is yes - please only detoxify under some sort of medical supervision. I am hopeful you would have no further liver damage - but since you haven't told us what your diagnosis is - can't say for sure. ...Read more

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Might a routine hep b/c test show liver damage caused by alcohol?

Might a routine hep b/c test show liver damage caused by alcohol?

Abnormal liver tests: The routine liver function tests will not distinguish between hepatitis a viral infection and damage done by alcohol. ...Read more

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Does 300mg temazepam causes liver damage in a healthy individual that drinks alcohol very moderately?

Does 300mg temazepam causes liver damage in a healthy individual that drinks alcohol very moderately?

Unlikely: This is ten times the recommended dose and very ill advised. The risk of liver abnormalities at this level, however, is low. Any liver abnormalities would be more likely due to the moderate drinking than to a single overdose of temazepam. Fortunately this dose is not anywhere near the amount necessary to cause death, but when mixed with alcohol the amount needed to cause death can change hugely. ...Read more

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Could drinking alcohol while in cycle would cause more liver damage than normal?

Could drinking alcohol while in cycle would cause more liver damage than normal?

Don't know what you: mean by "in cycle?" - you mean during your period? First of all, liver damage from alcohol is NOT normal, and social drinking will not damage the liver in the overwhelming majority of people. I am aware of no evidence that alcohol is more toxic to the liver during any particular part of a woman's menstrual cycle. Safe drinking in women is ...Read more

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This past week I have a taken acetaminophen with alcohol i believe 2 or 3 times. I have stopped after seeing it causes liver damage. Will i be ok?

This past week I have a taken acetaminophen with alcohol i believe 2 or 3 times. I have stopped after seeing it causes liver damage. Will i be ok?

Yes. : Unless you took half a bottle of tylenol (acetaminophen) and washed it down with vodka or gin, you should be fine. Remember not a good idea to take medications with alcohol period. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol while taking buspar (buspirone) cause liver damage?

Will drinking alcohol while taking buspar (buspirone) cause liver damage?

No,but it may cause: side effcts such as depression,irregular heart beat to name as few. In short, alcohol should not be taken with buspar (buspirone). The side effects can be dangerous and land you in the Emergency Room. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could liver damage from overuse of alcohol cause water retention?

Please tell me, could liver damage from overuse of alcohol cause water retention?

Albumin: The liver produces Albumin, which is responsible for keeping the fluid in the blood supply and out of the extremities and abdomen. When there is enough liver damage, albumin production is decreased. Less albumin = more fluid everywhere else except the blood. ...Read more

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Does 1 glass of red wine (250 ml, 14.5% alcohol) taken everyday causes liver damage in a young healthy individual? I drink lots of water.

Does 1 glass of red wine (250 ml, 14.5% alcohol)  taken everyday causes liver damage in a young healthy individual? I drink lots of water.

Seems ok: Red wine in moderate amounts like a glass a day is tolerated by one with normal liver function. If you're really concerned have your physician order a battery of liver function tests. You are averaging 3 glasses a day. ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of liver damage from alcohol?

What are the first symptoms of liver damage from alcohol?

Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots , stone formation , diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings. ...Read more

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What would you do to decide if you have liver damage from alcohol?

What would you do to decide if you have liver damage from alcohol?

By exam/blood test: By thorough physical examination, blood test and imaging like ultrasound exam of liver. ...Read more

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Can a bad case of babesiosis still leave liver damage after 20 years and can alcohol make it worse at this point?

Can a bad case of babesiosis still leave liver damage after 20 years and can alcohol make it worse at this point?

Doubt it: Most likely cause of liver damage is alcohol you may be consuming. Also check if you have other causes of hepatitis (infectious or non-infectious). ...Read more

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Is there a chart for alcohol consumption vs liver damage?

Is there a chart for alcohol consumption vs liver damage?

What do U mean?: If u asking about alcohol side effect , it can cause liver damage and alcohol induced dementia and muocardiopathy. ...Read more

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Any Ayurvedic way to reverse liver damage due to old alcohol habit?

Nothing certain: There are such claims made by folks who believe in ayurvedic medicine. They are very doubtful in thier validity. I can not say anything certain or reliable about this belief or claim. ...Read more

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Is liver damage from alcohol linked to one's tolerance for alcohol? Would someone get drunk quicker with a damaged liver? Or the reverse?

Is liver damage from alcohol linked to one's tolerance for alcohol? Would someone get drunk quicker with a damaged liver? Or the reverse?

It depends.: The liver uses an enzyme to metabolize alcohol. Initially, before liver disease begins, the liver can produce more of that enzyme with increasing alcohol consumption, allowing you to tolerate more alcohol. Once liver damage begins to occur, however, the liver is not able to make as much of that enzyme, and you may get drunk were quickly. If you have liver damage, you should drink no alcohol at all ...Read more

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Is liver damage due to alcohol consumption reversible?

Is liver damage due to alcohol consumption reversible?

Yes, but...: Only to a certain point...Since it appears that cirrhosis, once established is irreversible...Though progression can be halted. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about drinking alcohol and liver damage?

Alcohol causes liver: damage, when ingested in large amounts over a long period of time, and sometimes even after a single binge. Chronic damage to the liver usually occurs in people who are genetically predisposed to scarring caused by alcohol. Eventually, the scarring becomes so severe it distorts the liver architecture and function, and the person gets sick. Hep C makes alcohol damage worse, and vice-versa. ...Read more

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How to cure liver damage due to excessive alcohol consumption. Please recommend a medicine?

How to cure liver damage due to excessive alcohol consumption. Please recommend a medicine?

Cease use of alcohol: Cease use of alcohol immediately and forever. See your pcp for tests and additional advice. ...Read more

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Will the antioxidants in red wine help offset the liver damage from the alcohol?

Will the antioxidants in red wine help offset the liver damage from the alcohol?

Not in any...: ...Significant way. If you get the same damage from 10 glasses of wine as from 9 shots of vodka, i don't call that a major protective effect. ...Read more

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Sir which high enzyme levels indicate significant liver damage due to alcohol? GGT levels or SGPT or SGOT levels..

Sir which high enzyme levels indicate significant liver damage due to alcohol?  GGT levels or SGPT  or SGOT levels..

SGOT / SGPT: These are better markers for damage. SGPT 38, SGOT 28 are not concerning though they're higher than most young men's. Some men run a high GGT even if they don't drink and this shouldn't be taken as proving anything. If you're drinking daily, this might be a good time to cut way back -- who really needs to be doing this? ...Read more

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How much tylenol (acetaminophen) causes liver damage?

How much tylenol (acetaminophen) causes liver damage?

Over 3000-4000mg/day: Can cause liver damage. One time using 7000 mg or more can cause permanent liver damage which may take weeks, months or years to show up. ...Read more

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How much vicodin does it take to cause liver damage?

How much vicodin does it take to cause liver damage?

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

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Can Asprin cause liver damage and if so how much would you have to take for this to occur?

Can Asprin cause liver damage and if so how much would you have to take for this to occur?

Yes: Aspirin can cause several forms of liver injury: in high doses, aspirin can cause marked elevations of liver function tests occasionally with jaundice or signs of liver dysfunction. Liver damage due to aspirin usually occurs with doses of 1,800 to 3,200 mg daily. Reye syndrome is a form of liver damage that can occur in children or young adults given standard doses for fever due to viral illness ...Read more

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Does taking too much excedrine cause liver damage? Wife has migraines and needs it, but is concerned with long term liver issues. Please advise.

Does taking too much excedrine cause liver damage? Wife has migraines and needs it, but is concerned with long term liver issues. Please advise.

Rebound headache : Which results from the repetitive and chronic use of headache abortive medications for three months or more. Patients with rebound headache take multiple daily doses of one or more analgesics in an effort to suppress the pain. Although simple analgesics such as Aspirin or acetaminophen, exedrine can produce chronic daily headache.
Rec.: see orofacial pain or headache specialist for consultation. ...Read more