Alcoholic liver disease is damage to the liver and its function due to alcohol abuse.
Ascites Cirrhosis Alcoholism Bleeding varices Hepatic encelphalopathy
Liver disease due to alcohol; Cirrhosis or hepatitis - alcoholic; Laennec's cirrhosis
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Alcoholic liver disease usually occurs after years of drinking too much. The longer the
Alcohol may cause swelling and inflammation (
Other important factors include:
- Alcoholic liver disease may be more common in some families
- This disease does not occur in all heavy drinkers
- You do not have to get drunk for the disease to develop
- Women may be more susceptible than men
People who drink too much, too often do not get enough healthy foods and nutrients. Poor nutrition may make liver disease worse.
Acute alcoholic hepatitis may be caused by binge drinking (five drinks for men, four drinks for women). It may be life-threatening.