Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
156 Doctors are Online

Reduced alcohol consumption. Blood test for liver to be done. Will it drop in ggt, ast and alt levels?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2003
Answered : 2190 Questions
Hi, I'm due a blood test soon for my liver and have stopped drinking every day (I used to have a bottle of wine per night) I'm now only drinking one bottle of white wine on a Saturday night and have done this for 2 months , will my ggt, ast and alt levels have dropped yet? I've also been taking milk thistle and eating a lot of fruit and vegetables .
Posted Fri, 16 Nov 2012 in Smoking and Alcohol Addiction
Answered by Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar 27 minutes later
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Firstly, my appreciations to you for efforts to cut down on your alcohol consumption. Now, there are usually 4 liver enzymes which are included in the testing for liver functions in patients with alcohol-related problems - AST, ALT, Alkaline phosphatase and GGT. Out of these GGT is the most sensitive indicator of recent heavy alcohol consumption.

AST and ALT levels start decreasing within days of abstinence from alcohol, whereas GGT will take about 4 to 6 weeks for its levels to come down. Since, you have significantly cut down on your alcohol consumption for the last 2 months, your liver enzymes should show a fairly good reduction in levels.

I would encourage you to stay motivated and continue to follow a healthy diet. Avoiding fatty or oily foods and drinking plenty of fluids will also help in speeding up your liver recovery.

Wish you all the best.

- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Addiction Med Specialist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor