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Question:


If you knew someone that drank two litres of Vodka a week how long would it take to damage the liver beyond repair?
A sincere question ?
I might add that it is not me can't bear the stuff much prefer a couple of G&T's and some good wine!
Many thanks
kim x

Answer:



Hi Kim,
Not really sure but I guess it would depend on how long they have been drinking 2 litres of Vodka a week.
50 or more units a week (man) and 35 or more for a woman is considered high risk. Signs of liver failure can often be seen in the white (sclera) of the eye.
1 unit is:
half a pint of beer (normal strength)
1 small glass of wine (100ml)
1 measure of spirit (25ml)
1 measure of sherry (50ml)
It may not be just the Liver that it affects. It could also affect the Brain, Stomach, Heart or Pancreas as far as I know, but I daresay it causes a knock on effect on other areas of the body.
Have a look at this web site if you want more details:
http://www.medidoctor.com/symptom/alcohol.html
Hope it is of some help.
xx

Answer:



Dear Sensitive Soul
Well she started about 30 years ago when her mother died, but I think she has got a lot worse since her husband died 15 years ago, doc says her heart is OK but she has had two cateracts and she is certainly losing her marbles!
blessings
kim xx

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Hmm my father in law drinks about 2 bottles of vodka a day and he over wait been getting alot of leg trouble cant stand to long and legs seem to swell also he had pain in chest for ages the other night when he was around, wont lisen to me dont think he cares much
about his self, i think its all down to his son killing himself years ago.
I have tryed to help.
love and blessings
lightwinds xxx

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Dear Lightwinds
how awful I don't know how they afford it
being love
Kim xx

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Dear Kim,
I have a friend who drinks 2 bottles Vodka per week and has been for (a guess) about 10+ years.
I know it is affecting him because I see him around once or twice a month and he seems just that little worse for wear each time. His cholestrol is rising, his memory gets slightly worse..... and emotionally, he seems to spend more and more time getting obsessed with specific thoughts.
The problem with an excessive alcohol intake is that it's effects are insidious.... reduced liver function causes more toxins to remain in the system as less detoxification enzymes are produced. Also, acetaldehyde (a breakdown product of alcohol) is a systemic poison..... it affects every organ.
I hope she gets it under control Kim.
Love,
Neo



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