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The Effects of Alcohol, causes and symptoms - Overview

Alcohol consumption can lead to cirrhosis. It can also lead to Alcoholic Hepatitis which is very similar. Not everyone who drinks heavily will develop liver damage and indeed some people who only drink a little may get liver damage.

Many people who drink will get a degree of fatty liver disease.

Liver damage due to alcohol is a 'Silent Killer'. There are usually no symptoms before End Stage Liver Disease when the liver can no longer cope.

Fatty Liver

Fatty liver disease (FLD), also known as hepatic steatosis, is a condition where excess fat builds up in the liver.

There are two types: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and alcoholic liver disease.

Alcoholic Hepatitis

If you're diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis, you must stop drinking alcohol. People who continue to drink alcohol face a high risk of serious liver damage and death.


Alcoholic Cirrhosis

Alcoholic Cirrhosis occurs when the liver is so completely damaged by alcohol that it is no longer capable of functioning.

Continuing to drink alcohol will almost certainly cause death.