I'm an 18 year old male with moderately high ALT(Alanine transaminase) levels (around 120) in my liver. I do not drink often, or large amounts, but I was wondering what the effects of drinking alcohol in moderation would be.
Thanks for reading, any help would be much appreciated.
As a general rule alcohol is not advisable for a person with elevated liver enzymes. Alcohol will burden an already stressed liver. And the question of what is moderate drinking is usually a hard one to agree upon. If you drank a glass of wine each month it would likely have no effect. If you drank 4 glasses each week it might have a negative effect though in a healthy individual that would probably be considered moderate drinking. People with hepatitis c are advised not to drink any alcohol but in reality a drink per week would probably not be harmful. I would make it simple and not drink any alcohol and I would also find out, if I didn't already know, why your ALT is elevated and address that problem.
I have been seeing the doctor for several months about this now, but he can't figure out what's causing it. I doubt it's anything to do with alcohol, as I rarely drink, it seems to most likely be something like non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. My doctor hasn't stated I shouldn't drink, so I assume that he does not believe there is a great danger involved in me drinking alcohol.
By a moderate amount, I mean no more than 4 cans (500ml) of beer in one night.
Alcohol is not a smart choice and if your doctor hasn't told you that I would not be comfortable with that doctor.
Fatty liver is often associated with alcohol use and if yours isn't then why would you introduce alcohol into the equation?
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