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How Alcohol Affects The Kidneys

Kidney Stones and Alcohol

What are the Symptoms of a Kidney Stone? Alcohol and kidneys have a direct connection. Alcohol affects the kidneys’ function to maintain water balance and electrolytes in the body. This may increase the risk of forming kidney stones and result in damaged kidney function. Kidney stones also called renal calculi or nephrolith, are the most common health condition associated with the urinary system. Every year, there are about 600,000 kidney stone cases in the United States. Kidney stones are more common in men. In the United States, around 11 percent of men and 6 percent of women will develop kidney stones at least once during their lifetime. The stones are hard mineral fragments that can form in the kidneys. Usually, kidney stones are small enough to exit the body through urine. But if they’re too large, they may require medical assistance to have them broken up or removed. One of the first signs that alcohol is impacting your kidneys is pain and tenderness around the kidneys. This pain might be experienced as a sharp, stabbing pain or it may be a dull ache. One or both kidneys may be affected, and you may have other symptoms including, but not limited to:…