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How Alcohol Affects the Liver

Many people are aware that consuming alcohol affects the liver but few really know exactly what that means. Even the smallest amount of alcohol can get in the way of the liver’s normal functions but it is when someone succumbs to alcohol addiction that they can really damage this vital organ.

The liver acts as a filter, working to rid the body of toxins. It also processes what you consume to extract nutrients. Compromising its ability to function can put a person at risk for a variety of health issues.

While you may feel the effects of being drunk in various parts of the body, according to medicalneeds.com,  “When the liver gets saturated with alcohol faster than it can metabolize it, a person becomes drunk. With the alcoholic, the liver is rarely free from saturation and damage occurs.”

In some cases, it is possible to reverse some of the affects of alcohol-related liver disease. Part of healing a liver damaged by overconsumption of alcohol may involve an addiction recovery program. For people whose alcohol-related liver disease has progressed to the point where they need a liver transplant, it is imperative that those persons stop drinking before a transplant can take place.

The effects of alcohol overconsumption can be far-reaching and long-lasting. This is why it is so important to get help and work towards sobriety sooner rather than later.