I had a MRI that showed my liver was normal
Somewhat between 10 to 20 years.
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coming to your query directly, as per standard textbooks, about 10 to 20 percent of heavy drinkers usually develop cirrhosis after 10 or more years while 80% of chronic drinkers may take as long as 40 years to develop full-blown stage 4 liver disease.
Generally, drinking 80 grams of alcohol daily for 10 to 20 years is required to develop cirrhosis which is equal to about one liter of wine, eight large-sized beers, or one-half pint of hard liquor each day.
This could further be postponed by taking Potent liver rejuvenators like Milk of thistle or silymarin.
Following a high carbohydrate and lean protein diet with minimal fat also slows down the process.
As MRI is normal. Very likely cause of right-sided off and on pain is gastritis related to drinking. Prilosec 40mg is unlikely to help. Take Nexium 40mg twice daily. Along with it take activated charcoal tablets an hour before drinking.
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Since the MRI is normal no point of cirrhosis.
Yes, that pain is likely to be due to severe gastritis caused due to excessive consumption of alcohol. Gastritis means inflammation of the stomach and usually presents with epigastric pain or right-sided upper abdominal pain.
No, MRI is a highly sensitive test it can't be wrong. Even an Xray can detect gall stones. MRI can't miss it.
No, you can't develop cirrhosis directly within one year. Firstly, it would be a fatty liver after that at least 10 years required to develop cirrhosis.