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How many drinks a day does it take to get cirrhosis of the liver?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: No magic number

In general, drinking one standard drink per day (5 oz wine, 1 1/2 oz liquor, 12 oz beer)or 7 drinks/week in women and men over 60 is not associated with liver injury.
However, there are genetic factors, and some people are way more sensitive. Amounts about twice the above are needed for any injury, and usually 3-4 x those amounts for serious injury. If you have hep c, any amount of alcohol is bad.

In brief: No magic number

In general, drinking one standard drink per day (5 oz wine, 1 1/2 oz liquor, 12 oz beer)or 7 drinks/week in women and men over 60 is not associated with liver injury.
However, there are genetic factors, and some people are way more sensitive. Amounts about twice the above are needed for any injury, and usually 3-4 x those amounts for serious injury. If you have hep c, any amount of alcohol is bad.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Cirrhosis & alcohol

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 someother condition present. Cirrhosis purely due to alcohol is relatively uncommon. Hepatitis from alcohol can mimic cirrhosis yet fully recover with abstinence.

In brief: Cirrhosis & alcohol

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 someother condition present. Cirrhosis purely due to alcohol is relatively uncommon. Hepatitis from alcohol can mimic cirrhosis yet fully recover with abstinence.
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
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