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Doctor insights on: Restoring Liver And Kidneys After Prolonged Excessive Drinking Alcohol

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How long can it take to damage your liver/kidneys from drinking alcohol?

How long can it take to damage your liver/kidneys from drinking alcohol?

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

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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How responsive is Bilirubin to Alcohol consumption? Will excessive drinking for one week impact test results during that period?

How responsive is Bilirubin to Alcohol consumption?  Will excessive drinking for one week impact test results during that period?

Depends: Depending on the amount of intake, alcohol may induce hepatitis and that would raise bilirubin. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Is my liver going to fail if I don't give up drinking alcohol?

Beats me: Did a doctor tell you that it was causing damage? If yes, then if you keep drinking, you will do more damage. We have lots more liver than we need, and it takes many years of heavy drinking to cause liver failure, and not all heavy drinkers get liver damage. Assuming you did have liver abnormalities and you are still drinking, then you clearly need some help. Talk to doctor about treatment. ...Read more

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My dad is drinking alcohol, we are scared because he doesn't want to stop, his liver can be damaged if he doesn't stop. What to do? Help!

My dad is drinking alcohol, we are scared because he doesn't want to stop, his liver can be damaged if he doesn't stop. What to do? Help!

Consider Al-Anon: Unfortunately if he does not want to stop you may be powerless to change his behavior, but check out Al-Anon, an organization for family members of alcoholics that provides support and may give you ideas on how to help him. Ask his doctor to check for liver damage.A quality multivitamin and herbs like Milk Thistle seed extract may minimize liver damage, as can Liv-52, a herbal formula from India. ...Read more

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How does drinking alcohol cause liver cancers to form?

How does drinking alcohol cause liver cancers to form?

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 more

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Can you tell me about liver deficiency and drinking alcohol?

Can you tell me about liver deficiency and drinking alcohol?

Alcohol is poison to: the liver. In large enough doses, it causes liver inflammation in virtually everyone. In genetically susceptible people, this inflammation, when it becomes chronic, results in scarring and eventually cirrhosis of the liver. As the liver gets increasingly damaged, people get sicker and sicker, turn yellow, abdomens enlarge, swelling in legs and a downhill course. It also makes hepatitis C worse. ...Read more

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How does drinking alcohol cause liver cancer?

Cirrhosis: Is closely linked to hepatoma, and the best way to get cirrhosis is to drink to excess. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol on an empty stomach worse for your liver?

Is drinking alcohol on an empty stomach worse for your liver?

Yes it is: Alcohol is rapidly absored from the stomach unless there is food in the stomach. Rapid absorption leads to high blood levels which then flow through the liver which takes a bigger hit if the alcohl concentrations are higher. That is why most wise people eat a snack or cheese bites before drinking. Another safety factor is to drink at a slow pace, taking about one hour to finish one alcoholic drin ...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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Could drinking alcohol the night before a blood test raised liver enzymes?

Yes: It's common. Tell your physician you were partying. If the enzymes are high, they'll be repeated after a time off alcohol. ...Read more

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Burning and sharp pains in kidneys and redness in face gets worse when drinking alcohol feel tired and run down a lot any suggestions thanks?

Burning and sharp pains in kidneys and redness in face gets worse when drinking alcohol feel tired and run down a lot any suggestions thanks?

See your doc!: Sounds like you may be drinking a bit too much. But it may also be an allergic reaction, or some problem with your kidneys. Alcohol can give you a great high, but the downward plunge afterwards can be devastating! you can experiment by avoiding alcohol for a couple of weeks and see if the symptoms fade. If not, please check with a medical doctor. ...Read more

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Husband had acute liver failure, septic a year ago has cirrhosis .and still drinking alcohol. whats the risk of acute failure again? how soon?

Husband had acute liver failure, septic a year ago has cirrhosis  .and still drinking alcohol. whats the risk of acute failure again?  how soon?

Very serious!: Cirrhosis is a very serious condition, whether acute or chronic. The danger of chronic cirrhosis is the liver will become "fatty" and will not function properly. The liver filters the blood of toxins and medications, as well as break down fats and proteins, and is also responsible for blood clotting. When someone with acute cirrhosis continues to drink alcohol, the liver will be destroyed. ...Read more

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Would 2 nights of heavy drinking cause an enlarged spleen? If the liver is perfectly healthy? If so would it go back to normal not drinking alcohol?

No: and am not sure how you know your spleen is enlarged. If you had some kind of scan or ultrasound, you need to be asking the doctor who ordered that test. The spleen does not enlarge in alcohol-related disease until the liver is very very sick (cirrhosis). Many things can cause splenic enlargement, and only your physician can figure it out with full history, examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more

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How soon can I start drinking alcohol after a liver tear?

How soon can I start drinking alcohol after a liver tear?

I have serious ?'s: About your name - stayhealthyliz, when a major concern of yours after a traumatic event that resulted in serious damage to your body is when you can consume alcohol. I would wonder whether alcohol consumption played some role in the accident that resulted in the liver tear. I find that many people (most?) who are this concerned about drinking have alcohol problems. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How do you know that drinking alcohol has affected your liver?

How do you know that drinking alcohol has affected your liver?

Alcohol effects: The physical signs of liver damage from alcohol usually come very late in the disease - jaundice, abnormal blood vessels showing up on the skin, fluid buildup in the belly (ascites), and nail changes. Some of the early effects can be seen in routine blood tests where the liver enzymes are high. Even just a glass of wine/day can cause some people to have elevated liver enzymes. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How much does your liver heal from not drinking alcohol for a few days?

How much does your liver heal from not drinking alcohol for a few days?

A lot less than...: ...if you stop drinking all together. Please consider the long-term consequences of heavy alcohol intake, even if "only binge drinking." ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause pain in kidneys after drinking alcohol?

It's not kidney pain: Nothing would cause kidney pain after alcohol (it may be coming from liver instead and not kidney), kidneys usually don't hurt unless it has stones or infection or blockage to urine flow acutely! ...Read more

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Could you tell me how much drinking alcohol does it take to damage the liver?

It depends: Alcohol is toxic to the liver. But liver has good reserve, so 1 or 2 drinks a day is the maximum allowed. Anything more can cause alcohlic hepatitis which over some years can lead to cirrhosis(scarred liver) or liver cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more