THE CONNECTION BETWEEN DAILY DRINKING AND LIVER DISEASE
- January 3, 2019
Obviously, the fact that alcohol damages our liver is not a secret. Anyone who overindulges in this potentially lethal, intoxicating drink is shoving an exhausting workload on this vital organ, which is forced to work overtime to pump out the string of poisons being fed through its vessels. Like a person worked to death in an office, the liver eventually tires out and begins to fail. (It is only inevitable.) The bad news is that liver damage can be fatal, but the good news is that it can be reversed. Interestingly, though, recent studies indicate that people who drink alcohol daily have a higher risk of suffering from liver failure, in contrast with weekly binge drinkers. How is this possible? Let’s take a closer look at the connection between daily drinking and liver disease.
One Drink A Day
Recent studies confirm that, if people start drinking at an early age (around 15 years of age) and continue to consume alcohol on a daily basis, these individuals are putting themselves at a higher risk for developing alcohol use disorder and liver disease than normal people. Although weekly binge drinkers can also develop this illness, heavy drinkers (obviously) are at a much greater risk altogether. In fact, a report from the United Kingdom confirms that a large number of British people die from liver disease, stemming from heavy alcohol intake.
Love Your Liver before It’s Too Late
As part of a study conducted in Southampton, England, researchers theorized that a recent increase in liver disease in the United Kingdom was directly related to a boost in episodic binge drinking. However, much to the surprise of the team, most of the participants suffering from severe liver disease drank alcohol on a daily basis, not a weekly basis. Studying the test group of 234 people, the Southampton team discovered:
- 106 of the participants suffered from alcohol-related liver disease (ALD).
- 80 of the participants suffered from cirrhosis or progressive fibrosis.
- 71% of the ALD patients consumed alcohol on a daily basis.
- ALD patients started drinking alcohol around 15 years of age.
- ALD patients started increasing their alcohol content after the age of 20.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Always remember that alcohol does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse or addiction troubles today.