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Does alcohol drinking cause renal damage, and if so,is there a safe limit in alcohol consumption?
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replied February 9th, 2011
Hello and thank you for posting your health query on E health Forum.

Excessive alcohol consumption can have profound negative effects on the kidneys and their function in maintaining the body’s fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance, leaving alcoholic people vulnerable to a host of kidney related health problems.

1. Drinking alcohol can cause the kidneys to increase urinary output with resultant dehydration.

2. More than two drinks a day can increase your chances of developing hypertension which is the second major cause of kidney failure.

3. Excess calories from alcohol intake results in obesity which increases the risk of diabetes and diabetic kidney disease.

4. Many people who drink are more likely to smoke. Smoking also causes kidney disease.

The amount of alcohol that a person can drink safely is highly individual, depending on genetics, age, sex, weight and family history, etc.

Men should not have more than two drinks a day. Women and older adults should not have more than one drink a day. One drink can be a 12-ounce bottle of beer, one glass of wine or one ounce (one shot) of whiskey.

I Hope this helps.


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