Alcohol-related fatty liver disease (ARLD) progressively gets worse as you continue to drink the poisonous beverage. Once the disease is quite advanced, the condition can be irreversible. “Every time we drink alcohol, the liver has to filter it in order to break it down and remove it from the body,” the British Liver Trust explained. “Some liver cells die during this process, which is why the liver needs a break from alcohol to allow it to regenerate and make new cells.”
Cirrhosis can lead to liver failure, as too few cells are left to carry out normal liver functions.
The NHS gave a grave warning about the risk associated with drinking alcohol when you have cirrhosis.
“A person who has alcohol-related cirrhosis and does not stop drinking has a less than 50 percent chance of living for at least five more years,” the national health service pointed out.
Excessive drinking over the years can also increase the risk of cancer.
Bear in mind that drinking less than 14 units weekly is considered “low risk”, rather than safe.
“There’s no safe drinking level,” the NHS confirmed, highlighting a number of illnesses a person is at risk of after 10 to 20 years of regularly drinking.
Health risks associated with drinking:
- Cancers of the mouth, throat and breast
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Brain damage
- Damage to the nervous system.
“There’s also evidence that regular drinking at high-risk levels can make your mental health worse,” added the NHS.