When the bartender asks, “What’s your poison?” he’s not kidding.
Alcohol is one of the most addictive yet one of the most dangerous legal drugs today. Problem drinking and alcoholism, in particular, run the risk of damaging the liver irreparably. The tricky part is, the damage inside you may not be that visible on the outside–until the problem is already serious.
Alcohol and Liver Disease
The liver’s primary function is to filter out toxins from the bloodstream. Like a sponge, it operates by absorbing the toxins from the blood. However, if you drink excessively too frequently and too fast, your liver can’t keep up.
Alcohol, especially, has a destructive impact on the liver, as it damages the sensitive surface of the liver, causing scarring and irritation. The problem is, the damage happens slowly overtime, and before you know it, you have cirrhosis of the liver or other liver disorder.
Chronic liver disease is one of those diseases that must be spotted early so that the right steps can be taken. This is a serious disease that needs treatment. For some, they would need anabolic steroids. Others may even need to be fed through a tube to the stomach. Some red flags to watch out for are:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Low energy
- Mental confusion
- Abdomen distress
- Jaundice of the skin and eyes
- Blood clots and clotting problems
Other signs to watch out for are:
- Accumulation of liquid in the abdominal area
- Blood loss in the abdomen and esophagus
- Renal malfunction
- Renal disease
- Malignant tumors in the liver
- Brain conditions
Aside from these, a blood test and health exam are also necessary. Unfortunately, these conditions are difficult to treat. They can, however, be managed by abstaining from alcohol.
For those with alcoholic fatty liver, or with early stage alcoholic liver disease, things may turn around and get better as soon as you quit drinking immediately However, those with serious liver diseases may have fatal consequences if left untreated for long. The problem, however, is that people who are used to heavy and frequent drinking may not even realize that they have a problem.
Therefore, rehabilitation is a must.