Liver damage caused by excess alcohol intake, called Alcohol related liver disease (ARLD). If you regularly drink alcohol in large amounts then it might be possible that your liver is damaged. Liver is the most complex organ in the body. Its functions are filtering toxins from the blood, regulating blood sugar and cholesterol levels, aiding digestion of food, helping fight disease and infection. Each time your liver filters alcohol, some of the liver cells die. The liver can develop new cells, but drinking too much over many years can reduce its ability to regenerate cells. This can result in serious and permanent damage to your liver. Alcohol related liver disease is very common in United Kingdom, the number of people has been increasing over the as a result of drinking alcohol too much.
Ms. Iqra Tariq currently serves as a Clinical Psychologist at Willing ways Lahore. She had done her Master’s in Applied Psychology, from Lahore Garrison University, Lahore. And graduated from Defence Degree College, Lahore.
Editor: Mr. Nadeem Noor
When you drink alcohol, then from the stomach and intestines it is absorbed into the bloodstream. All blood from the intestines and stomach first goes through the liver before circulating around the whole body. So, the highest concentration of alcohol is in the blood flowing through the liver.
Liver cells contain chemicals which metabolize alcohol. The enzymes break down alcohol into other chemicals which in turn broken down into carbon dioxide and water. Then they passed out in the urine and from the lungs. The liver cells can process only a certain amount of alcohol. So, if you drink alcohol faster than the level of alcohol in your bloodstream rises.
Alcoholic liver disease occurs as a result of heavy drinking. The heavy drinking could be every day, or a few days a week. Any type of alcohol can cause disease. Alcohol causes inflammation in the liver, scarring and cirrhosis. It is the final stage of alcoholic liver disease. The disease is more common in some families. Women may be more likely to have this disease than men.