Regular use of alcohol can have dangerous effects on your health. While it is easy to deny that you have a problem with alcohol it is difficult to hide the physical and psychological damage it is causing. As alcohol passes through the body it enters into vital organs causing damage along the way, some of this damage can be irreversible and even life threatening.

What is Alcohol Hepatitis?

Alcoholic hepatitis is inflammation of the liver that is caused by drinking alcohol. Typically alcohol hepatitis occurs in heavy drinkers. However not all are affected and those who drink occasionally can be. It is important that if you are diagnoses with alcohol hepatitis that you immediately stop drinking alcohol to prevent any further damage to your liver and death.

Symptoms of Alcohol Hepatitis

  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
  • Increasing girth (due to fluid accumulation)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain and tenderness
  • Weight loss
  • Malnourished
  • Retaining large amounts of fluid in your abdominal cavity (ascites)
  • Confusion and behavior changes due to brain damage from buildup of toxins (encephalopathy)
  • Kidney and liver failure

STOP DRINKING ALCOHOL

If you have been diagnoses with alcohol hepatitis you must stop drinking alcohol immediately to prevent any further damage to your liver and even death. Many who quit drinking alcohol will see improvements in their overall health in just a few short months.

If you are dependent on alcohol and unable to stop drinking on you own contacting an alcohol rehab will help you get the treatment you need to quit. After an assessment you will be set up with personalized treatment plan to help you once and for all overcome alcohol.

Your primary care doctor will set up treatment to help improve liver function and decrease any additional damage to the liver and other vital organs.