What is alcohol-induced liver disease?
Alcohol-induced liver diseaseis damage caused to the liver due to excessive consumption of alcohol and is a common but preventable disease. There are three primary types of alcohol-induced liver disease:
How are symptoms of alcohol-induced liver disease?
Some early symptoms experienced by the patient include:
As liver disease worsens, the symptoms that appear may include:
Treatment for alcohol-induced liver disease:
The goal of treatment is to restore some or all normal functioning to the liver. Treatment usually begins with abstinence from alcohol. The liver has great restorative power and is often able to repair some of the damage caused by alcohol. The scarring from cirrhosis is not reversible, and when liver tissue loss is severe enough to cause liver failure, most of the damage may be irreversible. In some cases, liver transplant may be considered.