Alcoholism liver disease

October 19th, 2010

Alcoholism liver disease is a major cause of illness and death in the world.  Fatty liver, the most common form, is reversible with abstinence. More serious ALD (Alcoholism liver disease) includes alcoholic hepatitis, characterized by persistent inflammation of the liver, and cirrhosis, characterized by progressive scarring of liver tissue. Either condition can be fatal.

There are three forms of liver disease associated with alcohol – fatty liver, hepatitis and cirrhosis.  These are potentially fatal conditions. This condition is more prevalent in males than females.  The liver is responsible for removing harmful toxins from the body and is the chief organ involved in breaking down alcohol.  This makes it vulnerable to damage from alcohol.  After prolonged drinking the liver may become swollen.

This condition is known as “alcoholic hepatitis” and is thought to be a precursor to cirrhosis.  Cirrhosis involves permanent damage to the liver and may require a liver transplant to treat.  Damage to the liver will impair the body’s ability to deal with toxins.  Symptoms of ALD include jaundice, loss of appetite, nausea, and abdominal pains.

It’s always best to seek help for alcoholism at it’s earlier stages. For alcohol detox advice please contact WeDoRecover

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