Alcohol is one of the chief causes for liver damage. There is always a debate about the youth getting into drinking so much. But the question is how much alcohol can the body tolerate?
The answer is theoretically, one should never have alcohol. This article in by no means is in support of alcoholism. However, one may be an occasional drinker and be sure not to go off limits.
Causes And Symptoms Of Alcoholic Liver Disease
Causes Of Alcoholic Liver Disease
Alcohol has destroyed many lives and changed many people’s career into worse. As a matured individual one has to know the difference between an occasional to an excessive drinker.
However, the transition in becoming alcohol dependant is gradual that it may go unnoticed until one is hit with an irrevocable disease such as Alcoholic liver disease.
What Is Alcoholic Liver Disease
It is a health condition, where one of the most important organ i.e. liver. It is damaged permanently due to over consumption of alcohol. The first change it brings about is the inflammation of the liver cells or hepatitis. Gradually, the liver cells become abnormal, fibrosed and scarred. Abnormal cells begin to die and the others start to multiply to avoid the scarcity, hence, giving rise to nodules which interferes in the functioning of the liver normally.
Symptoms Of Alcoholic Liver Disease
You may not notice any symptom at all at the onset of this disease. However, when the liver if fully damaged, he patient may witness symptoms such as loss of weight, loss of appetite, nausea, ski changing to yellow (jaundice), yellow eyes and swelling of ankles and abdomen.
Patient may start to feel tired and have an increased body temperature. One may also have trouble sleeping. Last stages of the disease can cause a person to have loss of memory, dark urine and breathlessness.
Stages Of Alcoholic Liver Disease
The first stage is the alcoholic fatty liver disease which is just a warning sign for drinkers to go easy with alcohol. The symptoms may not be visible but if diagnosed, it can easily be cured with healthy and no-alcohol diet. The second stage is Alcohol Hepatitis which involves the inflammation of the liver. It can occur due to heavy drinking over a short span of time. The third and final stage of Alcoholic liver disease is the Cirrhosis.
In this stage, the liver starts to function abnormally with liver cells getting scarred. It is an irreversible liver condition often resulting in death of the patient. In very grave cases, a liver transplant is needed which are a costly treatment and not all patients can afford it.
Alcoholic liver disease has become very common. Infact, anyone who is a regular drinker is susceptible to have liver damage. How grave is the situation would depend on when it is diagnosed. If you find out at an early stage, one can rectify habits and lead a good life whereas for some, it could lead to a bad ending such as death. Deaths due to liver damage has been on the rise, therefore, we request all our readers to consume no alcohol for a healthy and long life.