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Alcoholism and Liver Diseases


The liver can develop new cells ie., it can regenerate and grow, just like our nails and hair, but prolonged alcohol use over many years can reduce its ability to regenerate. This can result in serious and permanent damage to your liver.

There are 3 main stages of alcohol induced liver disease

Cirrhosis is a stage where the liver has become significantly scarred. Even at this stage, there
may not be any obvious symptoms.

It’s generally not reversible, but stopping drinking alcohol immediately can prevent further
damage and significantly increase your life expectancy.

Alcoholic hepatitis, which is unrelated to infectious hepatitis, is a potentially serious
condition that can be caused by alcohol misuse over a longer period.

The liver damage associated with mild alcoholic hepatitis is usually reversible if you stop
drinking permanently.

Severe alcoholic hepatitis, however, is a serious and life-threatening illness.

Drinking a large amount of alcohol, even for just a few days, can lead to a build-up of fats in
the liver.

This is called alcoholic fatty liver disease, and is the first stage

Fatty liver disease rarely causes any symptoms, but it’s an important warning sign that you’re
drinking at a harmful level.

Fatty liver disease is reversible.

The main treatment is to stop drinking, preferably for the rest of your life.

This reduces the risk of further damage to your liver and gives it the best chance of