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Protect your liver…Avoid Alcohol

By Dr. Bipin Vibhute & Dr. Rahul Saxena

Alcohol isn’t good for your life. For some people, consuming as little as one glass of wine or beer a day can cause liver problems to develop.

The consequences of drinking excessively on a daily basis may result in the destruction of liver cells, a build-up of fat deposits in your liver (fatty liver), or more seriously, liver inflammation (alcoholic hepatitis), permanent scarring (cirrhosis) or even liver cancer
When alcohol reaches the liver, it produces a toxic enzyme called acetaldehyde which can damage liver cells and cause permanent scarring, as well as harm to the brain and stomach lining. But that’s not all...
Regular and heavy drinking over time can strain or upset the way alcohol is metabolized within the body, which can lead to alcoholic liver disease.

Here are some tips to consider :

  • If you are currently receiving treatment for hepatitis B or C, or are thinking about treatment, drinking alcohol can lower the effectiveness of treatment. The less alcohol you drink, the more likely you are to respond to treatment
  • If you have Liver cirrhosis & continue to drink at this stage you will accelerate damage to your liver and rapidly increase your chances of liver cancer as well as death.
  • Keep in mind that alcohol can have varying effects on you depending on; age, gender, mental health, drug use and medical conditions, so balance a glass of your preferred alcoholic beverage with some thought about the associated risks
  • Love your liver- If you’re having difficulty cutting back, talk to your doctor about getting professional help to reduce your alcohol intake
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Dr. Bipin Vibhute & Dr. Rahul Saxena
(Liver & Multi Organ Transplant & Hepatobilliary Surgeon)