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Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

The alcohol-related disease is caused by excess alcohol intake. This excess leads to liver damage. This disease is common but preventable. There are three main types in this kind of disease:

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

This can cause by alcohol abuse over a long period of time.

This is where the liver has already become significantly damaged.

Drinking too much alcohol can take a serious effect on your health. Alcohol has many effects on your body like:

  • It lessens your ability to think clearly.
  • It lessens your move with direction.
  • It may affect your mood and behavior.
  • It leads to malnutrition and loss of weight.
  • Weakens your immune system.
  • Increasing the risk of developing certain cancers (colon, liver, and mouth)

Alcohol-related liver disease symptoms

The most common symptoms of Alcohol-related liver disease are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling sick
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling unwell

As the liver becomes more damaged, more obvious symptoms can be developed:

  • Hair loss and very itchy skin
  • Significant weight loss
  • Weakness and muscle wasting
  • Jaundice and Oedema

Alcohol-related liver disease causes

The alcohol-related disease may cause damage to the liver by years of excessive drinking. Alcohol abuse may cause the liver to become inflamed and swollen. The alcohol-related disease may occur if you misuse the alcohol. 

Risk factors of Alcohol-related liver disease

This may be at a higher risk if you are/have:

  • The combined effect of obesity and alcohol gives the worst effect.
  • Malnutrition: Lack of nutrients contributes to liver cell damage.
  • Chronic viral hepatitis (hepatitis c):

Diagnosis of Alcohol-related liver disease

Diagnosis includes:

  • Blood tests
  • Imaging tests
  • Liver biopsy
  • Endoscopy

Treatment Alcohol-related liver disease

The alcohol-related liver disease treatments are the following:

  • Stop drinking alcohol
  • Withdrawal symptoms: if you’re already avoiding alcohol, you may experience this.
  • Preventing relapses
  • Diet and Healthy Lifestyle
  • Liver transplants

Alcohol-related liver disease complications

Complications may occur a year after having heavy drinking. These can be serious and life-threatening:

  • Portal hypertension: This is a common complication of cirrhosis.
  • Ascites: This may also develop a build-up of fluid around the intestine.
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Infection
  • Liver cancer
  • Building up of toxins in the brain
  • Internal bleeding