Alcoholic Liver Cirrhosis is a form of liver damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption over a period of time; it could be months or years. Early on, there are often no symptoms. As the disease worsens, a person may become tired, weak, itchy, have swelling in the lower legs, develop yellow skin, bruise easily, have fluid build up in the abdomen, or develop spider-like blood vessels on the skin, etc.
Typically, more than two or three alcoholic drinks per day over a number of years is required for alcoholic liver cirrhosis to occur.
It is on record (2015 Liver Cirrhosis survey) that out of the 2.8 million people that develop cirrhosis, 348,000 was caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
What is liver cirrhosis
Liver Cirrhosis is a late stage of scarring (fibrosis) of the liver caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions, such as hepatitis and chronic alcoholism. Each time your liver is injured — whether by disease, excessive alcohol consumption or another cause — it tries to repair itself forming scars in the process.
As the condition progresses, these scar tissues replaces the normal liver tissues thereby hindering the liver from carrying out its function perfectly. As a result, the body can’t produce enough proteins or filter toxins out of the blood as it should resulting to lots of complications.
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Complications caused by alcoholic liver cirrhosis
Examples of these complications include:
- Buildup of fluid in the stomach
- Mental confusion
- Bleeding varices
At this point we have established the relationship between excessive alcohol intake and the development of alcoholic liver cirrhosis.
Now the question: What quantity of alcohol is too much?
This question tend to be a bit complex, since the development of this disease is dependent on more than just one factor.
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How long can you live with alcoholic liver cirrhosis
It’s different for every person and best discussed with your doctor. Protocols are used to give an individual prognosis based on your physical condition, test results, and severity of symptoms.
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In conclusion, alcoholic liver cirrhosis as other liver cirrhosis is an irreversible case. Treatment only prevent further progression and reduce complications it may causes. Our best option is to prevent the development of the disease in the first place; and this can only be achieved through total avoidance or conscious control in the consumption of alcoholic drinks.
This message is important to every one who presently
consumes lots of alcoholic drinks or knows who does; to educate us on the negative health effect of this action.
Its always said, prevention is better than cure, but i say “prevention is better and cheaper than cure”.