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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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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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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 associations between Parkinson's disease and alcohol consumption? Are there compounds in red wine and beer that are helpful in preventing pd?

What are the associations between Parkinson's disease and alcohol consumption? Are there compounds in red wine and beer that are helpful in preventing pd?

Parkinson's disease: There is no protective effect from alcohol in parkinson's disease. There is a protective effect from caffeine and cigarette smoking. Obviously, this information perhaps suggests that one of the hundred toxins from cigarette smoking may have neuroprotective properties. This does not keep me from providing smoking cessation counseling to all my patients. For the moment, i just do my morning coffee. ...Read more

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Can you drink any kind of alcohol beverage to maintain good health or is it limited to 1 glass of red wine?

Can you drink any kind of alcohol beverage to maintain good health or is it limited to 1 glass of red wine?

Little impact: This old story is typical of the problems that are caused by retrospective studies -- self-reports without the possibility of controlling for other variables. Different studies give very different results. The hoopla a few years ago about something magic in red wine itself turned out to be fueled by fraudulent research. Stay healthy by proven methods & make ur alcohol / wine decisions to please u. ...Read more

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My husband says drinking red wine is good 4 health is it true? i was totally against alcohol hearing this from my husband i was confused can u help?

My husband says drinking red wine is good 4 health is it true? i was totally against alcohol hearing this from my husband i was confused can u help?

Antioxidants...: Red wine has been shown to be beneficial for health-likely due to the antioxidants that are found in the skin of the grapes. This is not a reason to start drinking wine if you don't drink alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption certainly has risks that outweigh the benefits. If you want antioxidants, you are better off eating a spinach salad with vegetables than drinking wine. ...Read more

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Some scientific studies say red wine 1 glass is good for health! Some say any alcohol is bad! What's truth? How can it be science if its conflicting?

Some scientific studies say red wine 1 glass is good for health! Some say any alcohol is bad! What's truth? How can it be science if its conflicting?

This is a great: example of how many things in life, especially health, are not totally black or white in spite of applying a rigorous scientific method.Best evidence to date suggests that red wine contains substances,i.e. reservatrol that are healthy.Medical guidelines say 1 drink a day for men/2 for women is fine.Those who say "drink nothing" worry folks can't stop there and are at risk for alcoholism. Stay well ...Read more

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Red wine is good for your heart but what does it do to your liver?

Red wine is good for your heart but what does it do to  your liver?

Depends on amount: It is my understanding that no more than one glass of red wine per day may be helpful for heart health and is not likely to have negative liver effects; but higher amounts of wine on a regular basis could very well have adverse liver effects. ...Read more

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Having a history of fatty liver disease, should I still consume a glass or half of red wine a day for cardio-protective effects?

Having a history of fatty liver disease, should I still consume a glass or half of red wine a day for cardio-protective effects?

May be not: Fatty liver is usually caused by high storage of triglycerides -- and this is caused by too much calorie intakes from perhaps diet or alcohol and usually the liver enzymes is mildly elevated. So, i don't think i would advise you to drink wine for cardioprotective at this time, instead i would advise you to take up exercise and healthy diet and weight management --. ...Read more

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Drink 8 ounces (1.5 glasses) of red wine daily for health benefits per medical studies. Can the long-term effects of this cause fatty liver?

Drink 8 ounces (1.5 glasses) of red wine daily for health benefits per medical studies. Can the long-term effects of this cause fatty liver?

Perhaps: depends on individual and other factors. 8 ounces daily is somewhat "generous" re: health benefits of wine. ...Read more

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Is a glass of red wine daily good or bad for a fatty liver of 43yr old male, heard that it might help with this condition, or just weight loss?

Is a glass of red wine daily good or bad for a fatty liver of 43yr old male, heard that it might help with this condition, or just weight loss?

Probably good!: Further research is needed, but a study showed that those who have 1 glass of red wine a day had half the chance of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease as non-drinkers, while those who drank beer or liquor had 4 times the risk. See http://ucsdnews.Ucsd.Edu/newsrel/health/05-08wineliverhealth.Asp however, this doesn't prove red wine helps those who already have it, but that seems likely. ...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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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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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

Antioxidant (Definition)

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against oxidation, especially oxidation by molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamins a, c, e, as well as beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and selenium, are common antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants include fruits, ...Read more