How Alcohol Takes A Toll On Your Liver
By Nmami Agarwal
September 20, 2018
When you drink, do you think that the liver plays over five hundred roles in your body functioning? When the liver gets affected due to drinking alcohol it straight away leads to its degeneration which you won’t typically get to know until it gets to a point of some threatening medical emergency. Regular or prolonged consumption of alcohol results in unstoppable damage to the liver, leading to various liver diseases. The alcoholic liver has been accounted for, over one-third of liver disease deaths every year.
A Toll On Your Liver
Your liver is obliged to detoxify and remove alcohol you drink from your bloodstream through a process known as oxidation. Once your liver finishes the process of oxidation, alcohol turns into water and carbon dioxide. In case, alcohol accumulates in system, it can possibly destroy your
cells and eventually, organs as well.
But when you ingest your body with too much alcohol your liver stops processing in a timely manner, when the toxic substance present in alcohol begins to take its toll on your body, affecting your liver drastically. The oxidative metabolism of alcohol produces molecules which inhibit fat oxidation in your liver and subsequently lead to a condition known as fatty liver.
Fatty liver can be described as an early stage alcoholic liver disease that gets developed in about ninety per cent of people drinking more than one and a half to two ounces of alcohol per day. So, if you too are drinking too much of alcohol most days of the week then you probably are to be diagnosed with fatty liver. This continuous intake of alcohol can leads to liver fibrosis and finally, cirrhosis.
Though fatty liver is reversible in about four to six weeks if you completely abstain from drinking alcohol but cirrhosis (a liver disease), is an irreversible health issue and likely to lead to liver failure despite if you restrict alcohol later on. Hepatic encephalopathy is another health concern in which a loss of brain function occurs when liver is unable to remove toxins from your blood. Another toll- the liver becomes inflamed! When liver becomes inflamed, it cannot function properly and condition known as alcoholic hepatitis.
So, if you drink heavily, make sure to visit your doctor as soon as possible if, you feel pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen, notice the yellow tinge to your skin or experience unexplained weight loss.
Over to you
It is yet unclear just how much alcohol and how often it should be consumed to prevent liver disease. Still, if you have fear even for one second of any life-threatening disease there’s a possibility you may have some liver issues or denigration of it from alcohol, stop drinking right away as it will be impossible to survive with a liver.