I have never been much of a drinker, other than a bit in college. After that maybe a glass of wine here and there, rarely beer. Probably the most alcohol I have consumed has been in food as I cook with wine a lot.
For me to have 2 drinks in a month would have been about average.
So this past fall, I had a beer on Friday and then a margarita on Saturday at a party. I hadn't had a drink for weeks before that, and I didn't even finish the beer because I don't really like it. After drinking about half of the margarita I started getting terrible pain, similar to a gall bladder attack, but worse. Nothing I did helped, and I finally had to go the ED. I was moaning and groaning and contemplating hitting my head on the wall to knock myself out due to the pain. They ran some tests and the doc comes back and tells me I have pancreatitis, which is common in alcoholics. Of course, he starts to question me, doesn't believe me, and my partner is getting pissed.
They gave me good drugs, and ended up sending me home, the next day. I felt bad for a few days, lost my appetite, lost a bunch of weight (silver lining I guess). At my follow up visit my regular doctor told me no more alcohol. My liver and pancreas are messed up, I guess, but not sure why. But now I can't drink, take tylenol or other meds that are damaging to the liver, and even though I am normal weight, they want to me to lose 10 more pounds as I had fatty deposits on my liver.
Still no idea of why. My regular dr knows I am not a drinker, and his best guess is "bad luck" or genetics.
Anyway, I don't really miss having alcohol except for a bit of wine here and there.
I was at a Whole Foods wine tasting with some friends, and went ahead and 3 tiny tastes of wine. You know, those little tiny cups, like what they used at Church Communion when I was a kid? Well, I kid you not, those 3 little swallows of wine, had me loopy after going nearly 6 months without any.
I am low carbing it too as high carbs are hard on the liver/pancreas, I have been told, so not sure if it is just because it had been so long, or because of the low carb thing.
Moral of the story, Alcohol affects everyone differently. Never in a million years would I have thought that it was doing anything to my liver. And it probably wasn't but now that I have issues with my liver for other reasons, even one full drink could add to the damage.