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Advice on drinking alcohol with acute hepatitis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi,I have acute Hepatitis b and was wondering is it true that drinking ANY alcohol will create more damage to my liver before I fully recover? And how long if I continue to drink will it take for me to be cronic and eventually contract cirrhosis. And does drinking only vodka not any fermented alcohol have any bearing. Thanks.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
User :   hi
Doctor :   Let me read what you have typed.
Doctor :   since you are having acute infection at present
Doctor :   taking alcohol will damage the liver further
Doctor :   were liver function tests done? if yes when were they done, and what did the results show?
User :   no tests on my liver
User :   i just know i'm acute
Doctor :   liver function tests are blood tests. were these done for you when they did a blood work up?
User :   no, my core antibody is at .62
Doctor :   they show if there is ongoing liver damage and the test values reflect the severity of damage
Doctor :   ok
User :   yah, i get that, so is the hep damaging my liver permanently?
Doctor :   since the current status is not known, it is better to avoid alcohol for next six months, until you recover fully from the acute infection, and the resulted damage to the liver.
Doctor :   hepatitis does damage liver. the extent and severity can be assessed with liver function tests and abdominal MRI scan
Doctor :   the results will indicate if there is mild, moderate or severe damage.
User :   so can one shot create irreparable damage?
Doctor :   if the damage is in severe level, then there could be permanent damage to certain areas
User :   ok so 2000 would be really bad, what if it is at 200, then can i drink?
Doctor :   taking milder form of alcohol like wine wil not cause irreparable damage, but we cannot say for sure what damage to expect since your current status is not known
User :   ok but vodka is not a good idea?
Doctor :   i would recommend you to discuss possibility of getting a liver function test done to see what is the severity of damage.
Doctor :   and then decide on further alcool s
Doctor :   until then avoid all forms of alcohol.
Doctor :   what medications have been prescribed to you?
User :   ok so say i'm at 300, is it ok then?
Doctor :   alcohol intake can cause interaction and reduce efficacy of few medications. discuss with your treating doctor
User :   ok do you have any references to studies done on hepatitis and alcohol?
Doctor :   why do you want to consume alcohol wen it is not advised at this stage? it is for your faster recovery and prevention of complications that it is anot advised
Doctor :   yes, there are studies that show that alcohol and liver infections cause liver damage, and if there is any ongoing infection, liver is more susceptible to damage than in normal stage
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   yes, it just seems odd that hep is putting such a stress on the liver and that drinking would essentially kill you, seems a little excessive
Doctor :   it is not odd, it is fact and based on that advise is given to you for your betterment
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