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What causes burning plastic smelling urination after drinking beer?

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Dr. Ronald Schubert

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Posted on Sat, 3 Jan 2015 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: When drinking beer,my urine smells something like burning plastic(nearest smell I can relate) and then
after a day or two it smells normal, It stays normal as long as I don't drink beer. I've been drinking almost 60 years and this just started. Is something inside going bad?I do tend to binge drink.
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert 30 minutes later
Brief Answer:
We need to prevent liver damage

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for contacting HCM with your health care concerns

You are concerned that while drinking alcohol in the form of beer you have noticed a change in the smell of the urine. Since you have been drinking for over 60 years there is a chance that you are experiencing liver damage and the smell is the by products of the alcohol metabolism.

I recommend that you stop drinking alcohol and see our medical provider. Please have him/her run liver testing and urine analysis and complete blood counts.

I hope I answered your question. Please contact HCM again with your health care questions and concerns
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