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Thank you for your answer, it was most complete! =)
But I'm now a bit worried, cause that well winned dinner was following a period of 4 days without drinking, but before that, I was on a 2 week vacation at an all-included sunny destination, and 5 drinks a day was definitely the norm... Do you think there might be a chance that a 2 week break (definitely welcomed by my liver I'm sure, as I have a bad one: I take 1 200 mg advil and I feel bused, I've always been hyper-sensitive to medications and such) might be enough to get the numbers back to a reasonable level??
This is not related to the upcoming CDT, but just info. that I am giving you so that you will be aware of the amounts of alcohol that are now considered safe, especially for women, to drink. Damage to women's livers in general occurs at a much lower level than what it does for men. This is because women process alcohol via a different enzyme processing pathway than men. In fact, 1 drink for a women is equivalent to 2 drinks for men, as far as the amount of damage it causes the liver physiologically. Thus, the recommendations for amount of alcohol that can be drunk safely, is much lower for women than men. Drinking more than 1 alcoholic beverage per day for women can lead to damage, whereas for men, drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day can lead to damage. Thus it takes much less alcohol to create some long term damage than many people realize. The manufacturers of alcohol certainly don't make this fact apparent, and neither does our television or film industry, as they often show people drinking alcohol all day long without any consequences at all.
Again, I hope I am not confusing the issue, but I have found so many people unaware of the parameters for 'safe' drinking as far as the long term physical effects. Some of the effects of the alcohol on the liver can be partially remedied by making sure to eat protein (helps rebuild the liver) the day after drinking, as well as supplementing with the B vitamin Thiamine (prevents alcoholic dementia - as alcohol depletes the brain of Thiamine).
I think health care providers need to do a better job of getting the facts out about alcohol and how damaging it can be, because there are many people such as yourself that think 5 drinks a day on vacation or weekend is not a problem, when indeed it can be quite harmful to the system, especially in women.
Let me know if you have more questions.
I thank you very much for your additional info and the true care you are showing. It is greatly appreciated.
I will be accepting your answer, but I just want to know: what amount is considered "a drink" if we're talking about wine?
lol sorry, I know I'm hard to follow sometime =) I just thought that there was a 2 weeks minimum WITHOUT ANY alcohol for the rates to go down and that, until the minimum of 2 weeks to lower the rates was past COMPLETELY without alcohol intakes, the liver might still be fooled into thinking it needed to continue producing those abnormal transferrin...
WEll, that definitely answers my question, and I thank you again for your patience with me! =)