This is a great topic and we discuss it every now and then. You are very brave to be so honest.
I don't have a really good medical answer to your questions . . . but 4 beers IS a lot for anyone. We've just become accustomed to people drinking, drinking, drinking.
Alcohol is processed by the liver and I think it also affects kidney function. Basically, your body has to clear or flush all that poison. If your body is already stressed with a chronic illness, even one drink is too many. Add meds and it can be really dangerous, depending on the meds.
The fact that you are swelling after drinking is a really good indication that your body is not processing the alcholol very well.
More than one beer will (in my State) put you over the legal limit to drive too. So, a person would need to wait over an hour after one drink. As you add drinks, that time has to be multiplied. If your body isn't processing the alcohol (as indicated by the swelling) you may be driving impaired w/o realizing it.
I know that you don't need a lecture, but we really try to be very honest with each other here. I'm SO sorry that you are so young and having to deal with all of this.
I hope this helps.
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