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Alcoholism Affect Liver
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
Livers can heal: Alcohol adversely effects every organ in the body, except the kidneys. Alcohol can cause liver disease, but if a person quits drinking before much damage occurs, the liver can regenerate itself. The key of course is to quit drinking before it's too late to prevent irreparable damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abstain from Alcohol: I am not sure what you mean by minor liver problems. One's liver can repair itself, if the damage is not too severe. A blood test can be used to determine the extent of the damage and also how much one's liver is able to return to normal functioning. ...Read more
Yes-it's possible: It is possible, even likely for one's liver to heal following abuse of alcohol. But it depends on how much damage has been done. Some folks are able to drink a lot for a long while and not incur any damage. Others may have more sensitive livers. A blood test can best determine the extent of damage. Alcohol can negatively affect every organ in the body, except for one-the kidneys. ...Read more
Yes: Cirrhosis.Get a more detailed answer ›
Many other things: World-wide, hepatitis B is the most common cause, and in the US hepatitis C is now the most common. Primary biliary cirrhosis, autoimmune hepatitis, Wilson's disease and alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency are other causes of cirrhosis which are somewhat more rare, and in some cases, no cause can be found (cryptogenic cirrhosis). Many can be treated, and now some can be prevented with medication. ...Read more
Visibly, it is continuing to drink in ways that are "out of control" despite negative consequences.It is a metabolic disorder where alcohol is not processed normally. Over time tolerance develops, (it takes more to get the desired effect). In later stages there are often withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, esp. ...Read more
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