When you drink responsibly, your liver breaks down alcohol and eliminates it from your body. When you regularly consume more than the liver can process, you risk damaging this important organ.
Diagnosing alcohol-related liver disease
There are three different types of alcohol-related liver disease. If you are a heavy drinker and worry that you may be developing a problem, we can do liver function tests to determine the extent of damage.
Fatty liver disease:
When excess fat builds up in your liver, you have the earliest stage of alcohol-related liver disease and may have no symptoms. Potential symptoms can include fatigue, weakness and weight loss. If you stop drinking, fatty liver disease will disappear.
This toxic form of hepatitis can occur from drinking too much alcohol or from exposure to certain chemicals, other toxins or even some nutritional supplements. It ranges from mild to serious. It causes the liver to swell and, when severe, can lead to serious complications. A mild case can be treated.
In this form, the liver becomes scarred and the damage cannot be reversed. Eventually it can cause liver failure. We can work with you to manage the progression of the disease. If you stop drinking, you can prevent further damage.
If you or someone you love is suffering from potential alcohol-related liver disease, please contact us immediately for diagnosis and management.