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Does alcohol consumption affect liver enzyme results?

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Posted on Mon, 23 Nov 2015
Question: My SGOT level came back at 44. I was at a camping weekend three days prior and was drinking beer/liquor throughout the day. More than I normally do. Could that increase levels? In addition, my URN CREATININE is 276. Any correlation?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (19 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
no correlation, alcohol may contribute

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Alcohol use can affect liver enzyme results so it is possible that this contributed to the slight increase.
It is only mildly above normal range, so it is not at a concern level as yet.

In some persons, increased liver enzymes may also be related to non alcoholic fatty liver disease. This is the build up of fat and inflammation in the liver due to diet , decreased activity.

Since the increase is slight, a repeat can be considered in 6 to 12 months unless indicated otherwise.

In terms of the urinary creatinine, the normal maximum reference range for an adult male is 20 to 25 mg/kg/day, this means up to 1575 mg a day for a average 70 kg male.
This varies according to water intake and output.

The alcohol use would have normally caused increased urination and decrease the fluid present in the body unless it was appropriately replaced.

Your value is not alarming and not related to the liver enzyme result.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (30 minutes later)
For the SGOT, is there a way I can reduce this number to a more optimal range?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
decrease alcohol use, healthy diet and activity

Detailed Answer:
HI

You can reduce alcohol intake and also , if it is diet or activity related (non alcoholic fatty liver disease)- increase physical activity and the use of healthy foods.

Please feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Does alcohol consumption affect liver enzyme results?

Brief Answer: no correlation, alcohol may contribute Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Alcohol use can affect liver enzyme results so it is possible that this contributed to the slight increase. It is only mildly above normal range, so it is not at a concern level as yet. In some persons, increased liver enzymes may also be related to non alcoholic fatty liver disease. This is the build up of fat and inflammation in the liver due to diet , decreased activity. Since the increase is slight, a repeat can be considered in 6 to 12 months unless indicated otherwise. In terms of the urinary creatinine, the normal maximum reference range for an adult male is 20 to 25 mg/kg/day, this means up to 1575 mg a day for a average 70 kg male. This varies according to water intake and output. The alcohol use would have normally caused increased urination and decrease the fluid present in the body unless it was appropriately replaced. Your value is not alarming and not related to the liver enzyme result. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions