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GGT level 940

Hi everyone. I'm 26 years old. Been dignosed with jaundice due to alcohol abuse. I have recovered but my GGT n ALT couldn't level down because I continue back my drinking like once a week. Doctor ask me to stop drinking for 3 months and come back for a test to see my GGT n ALT level back to normal. To be honest from anxiety and depression I got from jaundice I binge drinking once a week . And I went to lab to do blood test on full liver function and my result is out . GGT 943, AST 94, ALT 190 . Should I be very concern? should i seek for medical help? Thanks in advance for the answers

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"Should I be very concern? should i seek for medical help? Thanks in advance for the answers."

Yes.

P.

P.S.: Was that a rhetoric question?

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Nope. I'm not sure how serious is this because I never went back to Doctor. 940 GGT looks very worrying and I don't know what I'm facing and what should I do therefore that's why I'm here

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You must

a) stop drinking alcohol completely

and

b) seek medical help.

When your GP asked you to stop drinking and repeat labs within three months, he did what he was supposed to do. This is standard protocol. Your doctor needs to know if your labs get better with abstinence. What if there is an additional factor (drugs, obesity, infection etc.)?

Your GGT will most probably not normalize (if it does) until you stop drinking completely and remain abstinent for many months.

The liver has a good memory. It will not forget the lesson it has learned. It has become sensibilized for ethanol and ethanol processing.

You are 26 years old, so you can probably escape mayor damage if you stop drinking alcohol completely.

On the other hand, if you have alcohol-induced liver injury at such a young age and do not cease alcohol intake, things will probably not improve a lot over time, I fear. What do you think?

P.

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Yes I know I should quit alcohol from the start but I guess I'm just not strong enough. And sometimes during the drinking session there are other substances such as ketamine which I would take while drinking . Is that why my GGT is so high?

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"And sometimes during the drinking session there are other substances such as ketamine which I would take while drinking . Is that why my GGT is so high?"

That is a trick question, is it?

Yes, It is a good idea to mix street drugs used to sleep horses together with alcohol in order to raise GGT.

Ever tried solvent glue?

P.

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100% right.And trust me you will regret it if you don't do something about it now.Sorry if it scares you but I have lost 3 good friends that where much older than you and it's not nice.you have a big chance to undo the harm you have done to your liver.We will support you.please your too young to not try to change your life.🙏🏻

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Thank you very much for the concern and advice cathy-Anne . Definitely will quit alcohol n turn this around

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You should be concerned, seek help and stop drinking. You are fairly young to have jaundice.

My GGT was 1502 when I was admitted to hospital, but because I stopped drinking it normalised after a period. The concern here, is that you may keep off the alcohol until it normalises and then think you can return to your old ways.

Can I ask and I am not judging you, but are you really only drinking once a week?

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**The concern here, is that you may keep off the alcohol until it normalises and then think you can return to your old ways.**

Yes I totally agreed with u. I don't know if I can live my life without any alcohol in the future. I know that I won't binge drinking that much anymore but I yet I don't know in the future am I still able to drink without damaging my liver.what do u think?

**Can I ask and I am not judging you, but are you really only drinking once a week?**

Reply : sometimes I would drink twice a week . One session at least 6 cans to 8-10 cans .there is a liqour shop nearby my place and I always get my beer there and probably the beer is not original because it's cheaper. Do you think this is one of the factor that makes my GGT level high?

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As others have said, the best thing you can do is stop drinking Alcohol completely.

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To your first question, you really need to have a scan to see what the current situation is.

To your second question, GGT is the test result that nearly always indicates alcohol abuse. It basically says that the liver is working overtime to deal with alcohol and if it could squeal, then it probably would. I wouldn't say it is because it is a cheap beer causing the problem, that is down to strength and quantity. It is important to try and have that three month break, so that your doctor can tell for sure if it is the alcohol and not something else.

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Hi Ron you definitely need to get your GP to refer you to a liver specialist asap.All your blood tests are high.No more drinking and no salt.Make sure you use your bowels every day.please get into this as soon as you can.best wishes Cathy-anne

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