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Liver Regeneration After Alcohol Abuse
Can antabuse (disulfiram) damage the liver? Can drinking alcohol twice while on antabuse (disulfiram) damage the liver?
Antabuse (disulfiram): Drinking damages liver way more than Antabuse (disulfiram) does. Antabuse (disulfiram) is fairly low risk as far as liver damage. I would not compromise on drinking while on Antabuse (disulfiram) due to severe interaction side effects Antabuse (disulfiram) and drinking have. It looks, though, that it really doesn't work in your case if you're planning to drink while taking it. I would seek another way of quitting drinking. ...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
Yes-it's possible: It is possible, even likely for one's liver to heal following abuse of alcohol. But it depends on how much damage has been done. Some folks are able to drink a lot for a long while and not incur any damage. Others may have more sensitive livers. A blood test can best determine the extent of damage. Alcohol can negatively affect every organ in the body, except for one-the kidneys. ...Read more
Complex: Yes, improved function can be achieved, but alcohol must be totally avoided, thiamine supplements are critical, liver function needs to normalize, and both psychological and medical interventions will be required as part of a rehab effort. Eventual outcome may well be unpredictable, but if all of the above can be done, odds of improvement are quite good. ...Read more
Not recommended.: Acute alcoholic pancreatitis is a very serious disease, which can even be fatal in many instances. The fact that you have recovered from your previous episode does not mean you are not at risk of developing it again, and a repeat episode could be worse. Although you might get away with it, the potential risks if you don't are so severe that I would recommend not drinking again. Good luck. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The liver can recover with abstinence, particularly if cirrhosis is not present. However, if cirrhosis is present, there may still be mild elevations in the liver enzymes despite abstinence. But the best treatment for your liver is to discontinue all drinking. Elevated enzymes are telling you that the liver is suffering from the alcohol. ...Read more
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
Why does clotting and excessive bruising occur in hepatocytes (liver cells) during alcohol abuse?
Livers can heal: Alcohol adversely effects every organ in the body, except the kidneys. Alcohol can cause liver disease, but if a person quits drinking before much damage occurs, the liver can regenerate itself. The key of course is to quit drinking before it's too late to prevent irreparable damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Douse a liver disorder like hep c inhibit the ability of the liver to process achohol? douse the liver process achohol slower
Yes: Alcohol does effect brain structure, function, neuro cognition in adolescent. Studies have found that adolescent heavy drinkers exhibit decrements in memory , attention and speeded information processing , and executive functioning. Heavy alcohol use in adolescence has an adverse influence on the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex volume. Heaps studies available how alcohol impact adult brain. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Only to a certain point...Since it appears that cirrhosis, once established is irreversible...Though progression can be halted. ...Read more
Alcohol & cirrhosis: Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. It can occur without any alcohol consumption at all. Alcohol can exacerbate another condtion making it progress to cirrhosis more quickly. Most 'true' alcoholics' do not develop cirrhosis without some other condition present. Cirrhosis purely due to alcohol is relatively uncommon. Hepatitis from alcohol can mimic cirrhosis yet fully recover with abstinence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...Read more
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