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Doctor insights on: How Quickly Does The Liver Oxidize Alcohol

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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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Can recover liver damaged by alcohol?

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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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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What is worse for the liver, alcohol or bad foods?

What is worse for the liver, alcohol or bad foods?

Alcohol: Consumed beyond moderation. Diet has little impact on your liver in spite of all the 'pop' claims. Less well-known is the risk of a sedentary lifestyle -- you must exercise or your liver will not function well and is likely to get fatty. ...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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Does alcohol cause liver disease?

Does alcohol cause liver disease?

Yes: Chronic or excessive alcohol use is a major cause of liver disease worldwide. ...Read more

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Can alcohol free wine effect the liver?

Can alcohol free wine effect the liver?

Alcohol free wine: Many problems of the liver are due directly to alcohol. Alcohol free wine would protect one from alcohol damage, unless alcohol is consumed in some other form for example beer, or whiskey etc. ...Read more

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Can liver disease symptoms go away with alcohol?

No, alcohol: Will make your liver worse. Don't drink if you have liver disease already. ...Read more

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What kind of liver diseases are caused by alcohol?

What kind of liver diseases are caused by alcohol?

Cirrhosis, hepatitis: Chronic, excessive alcohol use can cause acute alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver disease and ultimately lead to cirrhosis of the liver. Liver cancer can occur as well once cirrhosis has developed. ...Read more

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How long does alcohol and Valium stay in your liver?

How long does alcohol and Valium stay in your liver?

Highly variable: A healthy liver can metabolize alcohol at a brisk rate; a person with liver disease or an elderly person will likely metabolize it more slowly, so there's no single answer.
The half-life of diazepam and its metabolites ranges from 20-200 hours after a single dose of valium. This is deposited in fatty tissues, and so with chronic use, detectable levels can persist for much, much longer. ...Read more

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What helps in clearing the liver and blood of alcohol?

Don't binge!: A healthy liver will clear alcohol quicker than you may think. Your brain, that's another story. So, do not binge, drink in excess, or think your liver will last forever... ...Read more

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I have fatty liver can I take alcohol once in a month?

I have fatty liver can I take alcohol once in a month?

Why?: If you already have a fatty liver, alcohol will potentially worsen it. Why risk it? Fatty liver can progress to cirrhosis if exposed to further damage, again why risk it? ...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 is another cause of liver disease apart from alcohol?

Liver Diseases: This is a good question.
The common causes of liver disease are
1. Fatty infiltrates from obesity and excess sugars
2. Infection, most commonly with hepatitis b and c.
3. Toxic side effects of prescription and non-prescription medications (especially tylenol).

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Can caffeine damage the liver in the same way alcohol does?

Can caffeine damage the liver in the same way alcohol does?

No: Caffeine is the world's most popular drug, and despite enormous efforts to find health risks beyond what's generally known (nervousness, mild withdrawal) it seems amazingly safe. I would ignore anything you hear from a cult about 'the horrible dangers of coffee.'. ...Read more

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What are the causes of psorosis of the liver besides alcohol?

What are the causes of psorosis of the liver besides alcohol?

Many: There are many causes of liver injury and cirrhosis besides alcohol. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatitis viruses b and c, autoimmune liver disease (pbc, psc, autoimmune hepatitis), genetic liver disease (hemochromatosis, wilson), and other less common causes. ...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 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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Is drinking 80g alcohol once per week going to permanently damage liver?

Is drinking 80g alcohol once per week going to permanently damage liver?

Depends: if consumed in ONE SESSION YES....that would be HEPATOTOXIC.....(also =BINGE DRINKING)
If divided into 3 drinks (10G/drink) females
4 males
per DAY it would NOT be harmful


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Their is alcohol in matol liquid can that effect the liver when used in daily?

Their is alcohol in matol liquid can that effect the liver when used in daily?

Probably not, but...: You can get just about all of the benefits by eating a banana or two a day. And as a GI doctor i recommend avoiding one of the ingredients, cascara, on a daily basis unless prescribed by your doctor. The amount of alcohol is probably negligible. For a point of view not written by the company selling it, see http://www.Rapidnet.Com/~jbeard/bdm/psychology/km/cure.Htm. ...Read more

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What to do if I have made my liver sick from phenylephrine + alcohol. How to recover?

What to do if I have made my liver sick from phenylephrine + alcohol. How to recover?

Abstain: Don't go back to drinking alcohol for at least a month, and consider whether perhaps a life without it might not be a happier one for you. ...Read more

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What is the sequence of stages leading up to advanced liver disease caused by alcohol?

What is the sequence of stages leading up to advanced liver disease caused by alcohol?

Progressive fibrosis: The liver becomes progressively more fibrotic and functions imperfectly. Fluid accumulates in the abdomen and other organs become affected in late stages, such as the lungs and kidneys. Early changes may be reversible with alcohol abstinence but once into late stages the changes are not reversible. ...Read more

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If I have a very low tolerance to alcohol-does that mean I have a poorly functioning liver?

If I have a very low tolerance to alcohol-does that mean I have a poorly functioning liver?

No: Some people are inordinately affected by alcohol, just as some are affected by tranquillizers or other medicines. Sometimes people who are very sensitive will look intoxicated after even a single drink, something called pathological intoxication. This sensitivity is from your brain and nervous system, nobody can explain it, and it is not likely anything to do with your liver. ...Read more

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Why do the liver cells of people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth tissue?

Why do the liver cells of people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth tissue?

Alcoholic liver : Not sure what you mean by smooth tissue. Generally, early in the disease alcoholics get more fat in their liver, followed shortly by liver inflammation, and eventually by fibrosis or scarring of the liver. At that point the liver appears shrunken. and hard in texture. .Best to try to quit drinking now. Your doctor can provide help. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I drink 10 units of alcohol in 1 night once per week or once every 2 weeks, am I likely to damage my liver fast?

If I drink 10 units of alcohol in 1 night once per week or once every 2 weeks, am I likely to damage my liver fast?

No, but other harm:: Exceeding 3-4 units daily can lead to liver disease. 1 unit=10 ml of pure alcohol = 25 ml of 40% whisky = 8 oz of beer( 0.4 pints uk). So it's not likely that you would damage your liver BUT it's more than likely that you will become intoxicated, suffer poor judgement and accidents, and hurt your relationship with significant others if they are around you. Please visit http://bit.ly/1KPrPC5 ...Read more

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Can couph medecine hurt my liver? Have bad couph & juz found out liver is damaged in bloodwork.. Male 26 yrs due 2 alcohol

Can couph medecine hurt my liver? Have bad couph & juz found out liver is damaged in bloodwork.. Male 26 yrs due 2 alcohol

Not likely.: The liver is very resilient. I suppose you could ingest enough cough syrup that you could see an enzyme bump from your liver, but this would be extremely rare. ...Read more