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Can recover liver damaged by alcohol?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends, often yes

Alcohol harms the liver in stages, and until the very end stages (cirrhosis = scarring), the damage is reversible if one stops drinking.
First is alcoholic hepatitis, which can show just on lab tests, or can cause right upper abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, bloating, jaundice (yellow skin), bruising/bleeding, and hormone changes. Quitting drinking at any stage will improve health & decrease risks.

In brief: Depends, often yes

Alcohol harms the liver in stages, and until the very end stages (cirrhosis = scarring), the damage is reversible if one stops drinking.
First is alcoholic hepatitis, which can show just on lab tests, or can cause right upper abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, bloating, jaundice (yellow skin), bruising/bleeding, and hormone changes. Quitting drinking at any stage will improve health & decrease risks.
Dr. Leto Quarles
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely!

You have asked the right question and I am very happy for you -- it sounds as if a life is about to be turned around.
The liver regenerates wonderfully, and only 1/3 of people who drink horribly for decades get cirrhosis. Further, even a cirrhotic who sobers up will have some of the damage regress. And a liver that's fried on a beery wild weekend will heal without damage. Be glad & good luck.

In brief: Absolutely!

You have asked the right question and I am very happy for you -- it sounds as if a life is about to be turned around.
The liver regenerates wonderfully, and only 1/3 of people who drink horribly for decades get cirrhosis. Further, even a cirrhotic who sobers up will have some of the damage regress. And a liver that's fried on a beery wild weekend will heal without damage. Be glad & good luck.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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