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If someone is getting blood work done to check liver

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If someone is getting blood work done to check liver enzymes, how long to stay off of alcohol to nullify the its effect on the enzymes?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 4 years ago.


How much alcohol do you drink each week?
Why is the liver function test being done?

Associated symptoms?

Are you taking any medications?

Any other medical history?


Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Pretty much 4-6 light beers (3.2% alcohol) every 2-3 days. So lets say 12-18 twelve-ounce bottles of 3.2% alcohol.
I am getting annual checkup. No special reasons. But I have had high liver enzymes tested in the past but I am not sure if they were tested while I was drinking on a regular basis or what.
No syptoms per se. Blood pressure moves around between 120/80 to 140/90. It moves with weight. My weight keeps going between 165 to 175. So higher the weight, then higher the blood pressure. I am 5-8.
I am not taking any prescription medicines. Just multivitamins and gulcosomine for joints and herbal suppliment Hem-Relief for hemorrohides.
I have high cholesterol at 225.
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 4 years ago.


Thanks for providing more information.

Alcohol is absorbed into the blood stream and can leave the body either through metabolism or through urine, breath and perspiration.

About ninety percent of alcohol remain in the blood stream and needs to leave the body through metabolism alone.
Gamma GT( gamma-glutamyltransferase), a liver enzyme in the blood level that is elevated with excessive alcohol consumption.
The rate of gamma GT decline within the blood after stopping drinking varies between individuals
A raised GGT can take up to 3-4 weeks to come down to normal after completely stopping alcohol.

Also avoid hepatotoxic drugs like NSAIDS as well.

So no alcohol for 3 to 4 weeks then repeat the liver test.
If still high other causes need to be investigated..such as hepatitis.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 4 years ago.


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