Am I the only one in here who drinks the occasional pint or two.....? I know we are in a privelege situation in that we are either on medication (good ole NHS!) or being closely monitored. For those who might feel i am not helping my own cause, i'm not a weekly drinker.... I just like a small bottle (or 2) from time to time. Is there any scientific research showing HBV patients should not even touch alcohol?
A lot of doctors will tell you that the occasional drink is okay. A lot will tell you not to touch it. The problem is that there are no studies of moderate alcohol use and HBV so we really don't know the impact.
I have been known to have an occasional glass of wine in the past but I'm not sure I will continue to do so as I'm becoming more aware that without biopsy I don't really know the true state of my liver. Also, we now know that even though I was meeting the lab levels for normal ALT my levels were never a true normal. Lab levels skew high for a few different reasons.
What we can say for certain is that you really should not drink at all while you are treating your Hep B or if you have active liver damage, high DNA or elevated liver enzymes. Given that you are on treatment I would stay away from any alcohol.
Thanks for the updates..... The hardest thing of not drinking is well, not drinking... I agree with Steven that beer tests pretty darn good but healthy living is much more worth-while..... I will take this all into consideration when i next go out.... altho it sucks.... Anyways everyone looking forward to weekend???
steven is referring to how hairy this drinking topic can get on other Hep boards. It tends to spark frantic debate.
As someone who once quit smoking (a mere weeks before finding out I had Hep B) I know how hard it can be to let go of a habit. Even one that's really bad for you. Don't think too far ahead. Don't think, "Oh, I can never drink again!" Think, "I can't drink this weekend because I'm on the meds." Do that again next weekend. You may find that once you break the habit you don't miss it as much as you thought you were going to. Remember, anything done for 28 days is a habit...even NOT drinking on the weekends.
But, don't think of it as forever...that makes it too tempting. I tell myself I'm saving my glass of wine for whenever my husband opens a *really* good bottle (he's a wine collector). Granted, I barely drank before but sometimes its nice to have an ounce of wine after spending the day with three pathologically loud children.
My weekend will be spent with the aforementioned children. I'll be trying to not suffer permanent hearing loss. Wish me luck. You?
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Alcohol can interfere with the anti-virals used in Hep B, also.
I tend to agree that if you're not on treatment and not having high viral load or elevated liver enzymes then the occasional drink isn't going to hurt. But everyone's "occasional" is different and one person's glass of wine is another person's tumbler of scotch. And some people can have one drink and some people will not be able to stop at one and some people will be sufficiently bombed after one drink to not have the wherewithal to not keep going. (Some people like me will be asleep after half a glass).
I'm also with you about the last issue, I hate to be the vice squad about alcohol. But because I don't know what kind of alcohol related issues a poster might bring to the table I tend to err on the side of extreme caution. Here's another reason why: for years my doctor told me my liver enzymes were normal. Well, 30s - 50s we NOW know isn't really normal for a small woman. 19 is the upper limit of normal. Because I thought I had normal liver enzymes and UND viral load I continued to have the occasional glass of wine. I probably didn't hurt much but I sure as hel! didn't help either. There have be no studies on moderate drinking and HBV so we don't know what the effect might be and I've been tricked before by the limits of science.
Ah yes the difference between normal and healthy. Not the same are they.
I think we can all relate to
we have a virus that kills liver cells
Alcohol kills liver cells
put the two together and we have a Fibrosis party happening.
There will be a safe linit though, and it will be close to 1-2 drinks a day with no more than 7 per week and 2 or 3 Alcohol free days each week. Whether you can stick to that is another thing.
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