Alcoholic Fatty Liver – Causes and Prevention
Are you interested in learning more about alcoholic fatty liver, such as what causes it and whether or not it can be reversed?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ALD, or Alcoholic Liver Disease, you might benefit from information about this condition. Sadly, this is a fairly common disease and is a result of consuming excessive amounts of alcohol.
Alcoholic fatty liver usually occurs after prolonged and excessive use of alcohol. The longer someone drinks and the higher the quantities of alcoholic beverages consumed, the more likely they are to develop this condition.
Alcohol causes inflammation and swelling in your liver. Over a period of time, if this abuse continues, the liver becomes scarred and you have cirrhosis of the liver, which is the final phase of alcoholic liver disease.
There are a number of fallacies and misapprehensions about this disease. Here are a few:
- You have to drink a lot for a long time to get it.
Wrong. You can develop it by binge drinking an excessive amount of alcohol on just one occasion. This is called Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis and may be fatal.
- All heavy drinkers develop this disease.
Wrong. Some people who drink heavily never develop liver problems.
- You have to get falling down drunk when you drink to develop cirrhosis.
Wrong. You don’t have to be intoxicated to damage your liver with alcohol.
- Men are more likely to develop this disease than women.
Wrong, at least in the sense that women who drink too much are actually more susceptible to it than men who drink too much.
- You only get the disease if you drink alcohol.
Wrong. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a wide-spread condition with similar characteristics, and can lead to cirrhosis as well.
Can ALD be Reversed?
Some homeopathic practitioners believe that it is possible to reverse the symptoms of alcoholic fatty liver by the use of liver cleanses, diet and lifestyle changes.
It is important to note that in order to halt or possibly reverse this condition, you need to cut out ALL alcoholic beverages – for life. If cirrhosis has not already developed, your liver can heal if you don’t drink any more alcohol.
Support Groups for People with ALD
There are quite a few great support groups for those with alcoholic fatty liver. AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous, is the best known with a very good reputation. There is also Al-Anon/Alateen, American Liver Foundation Support Group, Alcohol Abuse Support Group and more.
If you have alcoholic fatty liver, joining a local support group and even an online support group where you can connect and interact with others who share your problem can be immensely helpful.
A burden shared is a burden made lighter, and having the advice and encouragement from a group could benefit you and make it easier to not drink, as well as helping you with dietary ideas and other lifestyle advice for those who have Alcoholic Liver Disease and want to halt its progress.
Remember, it is possible to stop this disease in its tracks, before scarring occurs and it progresses to cirrhosis, and let the liver heal itself. So, start today to turn alcoholic fatty liver disease around and reclaim your health!