i was just wondering about how alcohol intake affects the functioning of my kidneys?
as of late ive been experiencing some pains after heavy nights of drinking with friends and i would really like to know what it is that is going on inside of me. Ive been thinking about going to the doctor as this is not that first time it has happened.
Answers are greatly appreciated.
Hi there Zdred,
Don't know if you are still checking your replies, but I too have pain in my kidneys after a heavy night of drinking, and believe me, I know exactly where my kidneys are at and where the pain is at. I'm not saying that alcohol intake doesn't eventually effect your liver as well, but I'm sure that drinking heaps insult on top of abuse onto your kidneys- especially if you're having some trouble already. Mine has become so bad, that I have scaled back to almost no alcohol. I feel like it's retribution for all those years spent partying. For whatever reason, beer is especially bothersome- red wine is not so bad.
Anyway, good luck trying to figure this one out. I've spent quite a lot of time investigating it myself over the web and have put off going to the doctor for tests, tests, and more tests.
Not suggesting you don't know where the kidenys are, but there is no and I repeat NO indication that alcohol can cause any damage to the kidneys. Even if your kidneys are damaged, drinking alcohol will not make the damage worse. I've read about it a lot since I have what I believe is a kidney disease (the one from which you don't get better). Not that I drank much before, but after I had pain and started going to doctors, I stopped drinking totally, until I read a few books on the subject. If you have pain in that area I would seriously consider going to the doctor to get to the root of the problem - it isn't alcohol.
Now obviously if you are drinking hard then you will have lots of other problems.
Beer can act as a diuretic and can make you feel quite dehydrated after a night of drinking it so in that respect, there IS a definite effect on the kidneys, but i seriously doubt any actual damage is being done.but you never know.It might be worth some further research if you have some concerns.marcia