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Posted on Mon, 31 Jul 2017 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: I'm an admitted alcoholic and been craving sugar pickles and olives for over a week. I eat at least one jar of pickles and one can of olives a day plus at least one chocolate snack whether or not I'm drinking. Why
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Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 49 minutes later
Brief Answer:
can be due to the Liver insufficiency

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ms, I have gone through your question and I understand your concerns but these cravings may indicate liver insufficiency so I would recommend that you get a blood test for liver enzymes together with an ultrasound abdomen to exclude liver pathology.

Also, chocolate craving could be a sign of magnesium or copper deficiency, so I would recommend that you take a multivitamin pill three times per week.

I hope I answered your question.
Feel free to ask further.


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Follow up: Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 36 minutes later
Would that also explain inability to drink as much cramps and loss of appetite
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Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 14 hours later
Brief Answer:
Alcohol related liver disease

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ms, All these symptoms are symptoms of early alcohol related liver disease which includes:
abdominal (tummy) pain
loss of appetite
fatigue
feeling sick
diarrhoea
feeling generally unwell
I would recommend that you decrease your alcohol intake and get a blood test for liver functions ( AST and ALT) together with an ultrasound abdomen to assess your liver status. I hope you find this helpful
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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