Hi James and welcome to Bright Eye (BE). There is no simple answer i'm afraid. It takes as long as it takes. The only firm-ish number I've come across is for the liver. Provided permanent damage hasn't occured (typically cirrhosis) then you can expect your liver to have recovered after about 3 months of total
abstention. It might take far less. It depends on how much/how often you drink, how long you have been drinking, other lifestyle factors (e.g. exercise and diet) and your genes, but three months should see most people' liver back to a healthy state.
No idea about skin and kidneys. The brain can take longer to sort out. Again, provided there is no permanent damage, full recovery can and does happen, at least in terms of how it is working. The brain is a bit more complicated though because there are physical and mental aspects. Addicts are often advised to delay making major decisions if possible until they have been clean for at least two years. Again, it varies from person to person but I will say this. Although it took less time for me to feel I was getting on top of my drink problem and staying sober became fairly easy, I didn't feel really settled into sobriety until about the two-year mark.
Alcohol can cause permanent damage. I've already mentioned cirrhosis. There are lots of other potential problems and some of the good folk here are having to live with them. So, I would advise any body who is drinking too much to cut back to official guideline amounts as soon as possible and preferably quit completely for a few months to let the body recover. If that is going to be difficult then..... well, it tells us something doesn't it?
Hope this helps and that others will pop by with more information.
Are you thinking of joining us long term? If you have just popped in with that question then fine and hope we can help but if you do want to join in then can I suggest you post on the New Members thread in the General Recovery section? There is no rule that says you have to, it's just that people are more likely to spot your arrival there. This thread, for instance, is little used.
Or, if you are enquiring on behalf of somebody else, perhaps you could ask them to give us a go?
Nice to 'meet' you.
x-posted. Hi Pickles
I didn't imagine it then.
James, hope you read the replies.