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Drinking two pints on weekends twice a month, normal weight. Will this affect his liver?

Hi Doctor, My husband is 34 years old and he is consuming 2 pints ( each 330ml) on 2 days i.e., in the weekend. He is not doing this every week end but atleast twice a month he is consuming. But he is a fitness freek so he will goto gym atleast 4 days a week and maintains his weight accordingly without even belly. Will this affect his health or liver? Im so afraid of this and getting tensed. Pls suggest some solutions for this
Asked On : Thu, 27 Sep 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Wel come to HCM,
It is becoming fashion to take alcohol, what you have written is he is fit and going to Gym that is great but ,to take alcohol 2 pints on weekend is not justified so ideally he should stop completely, if possible it is definitely injurious to brain and liver also.
Both the amount and the duration of alcohol consumption are critical in the development of liver disease. Contrary to general opinion, the type of alcoholic beverage is not important. Thus, one drink (1 ounce, 30 ml) of liquor (whisky, gin, vodka) contains the same amount of ethanol (13 grams) as one glass of wine (4 oz, 120 ml) or a can of beer (12 oz, 360 ml). There is no ‘threshold level’ of alcohol intake beyond which liver damage must occur. Instead, there is a gradual transition of increasing liver injury as the quantity increases
Again my advise would be stop alcohol,if not possible take in limited quantity.
Good luck to you.
Answered: Thu, 27 Sep 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Enrique Molina's  Response
Hi Jayaluck6,
Alcohol can definitely have bad things happen to your liver. The more it is consumed the more toxic it is, and can lead to cirrhosis of the liver which brings a whole world of problems.
If he limits his consumption to 2 days a month, no major problems should happen. If it happens every weekend, then it starts to get more worrisome. Most alcoholic cirrhotics that I have taken care in the hospital drink alcohol every day, large amounts (But they started young, and as time went by their consumption increased). Patients usually don't realize the liver is so damaged or cirrhotic until they have a health complication and there is no turning back.
The fact that he is in good shape and exercises is in his favor, and can keep the liver healthier.
Answered: Fri, 28 Sep 2012
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