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Forum Name: Liver Diseases

Question: longterm effects of alcohol use


 dieter - Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:32 pm

I am 40 years old and have been drinking nightly since college.

I have 4-6 beers a night and a few more on the weekends, a few mixed drinks also.

Could this amount of drinking cause any longterm effects, i.e. liver dysfunction, heart problems, diabetes?
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:59 am

User avatar Hello,You would rather be surprised to hear that alcohol is a not a stimulant but it really depresses the nerves by which it causes a so called stimulation.Also it is not absorbed like regular food and enters to blood stream to go to structure like brain with high water content.Irritation to gastric mucosa is the first thing that can happen.Liver can handle equalent to a big bottle of beer in an hour.A steep increase in blood sugar and the response of pancres can lead to hypogycaemia.Tolerance can develop and making a person to take more to get the same feel.Withdrawl symptoms can lead to morning shakes and hallucinations.Liver can become fatty or later fibrosed leading to cirrhosis.Secondary diabetes is a possiblity and obesity too.Driving would become unsafe,and could interact with other drugs.3 units perday ie 750ml of averadge strength beer a day should be maximum to avoid complications.Best wishes

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