Here is What the Liver Looks Like After Years of Drinking Alcohol

You may have been already aware of the fact how alcohol may affect your overall health, but most of you are not aware of the real damage it can cause.

Alcohol abuse can have really bad effects on your whole body like your heart, weight, and liver. Dr. Drew Pinsky in a show named as Dr. Drew, Lifechangers, reveals what excessive consumption of alcohol can bring to your body, especially when your liver is concerned. In his show he revealed how a liver looks damaged by alcohol, and as well as how should a healthy liver look like.

The healthy liver portrayed smooth, reddish-brown, and uniform in color, while the damaged liver with cirrhosis was gray, lumpy, and scarred. These pictures were shown to the twin sisters who have been invited to the show to see how their excessive drinking damages their liver.

The reason why the liver with cirrhosis was scarred as because the liver tried to regenerate itself and every time it regenerates, a new scar is being formed.

The livers that were shown on the show were from a person who died of cirrhosis, and from a healthy person. When the liver is not functioning accordingly, the whole body is being affected by this malfunction like the immune system, blood circulation which becomes blocked and thus the blood passes through blood vessels that quickly turn into gastro esophageal varices. As a result of that they can break and bleed.

Cirrhosis is a condition that appears when the liver is permanently damaged and marked by long-term lesions as a result of alcohol abuse, obesity, and hepatitis. Cirrhosis commonly occurs after 10 years of heavy drinking, and although the liver damage cannot be removed, stopping the alcohol intake may prevent further impairment.

Aside the issue with the liver, there can be other physical and mental health issues which can affect heavy alcohol users.

Here are some of those issues:

  1. Fatty liver disease

The liver is the main detox organ accountable for the removal of waste and toxins and as well as for metabolizing the nutrients in our diet. The alcohol abuse overloads the liver thereby causing fat buildup, and all this extra amount of fat can elevate the chances of inflammatory diseases like alcoholic hepatitis. When the liver cannot do its job it will start to deteriorate and thus lead to cirrhosis.

  1. Stroke

If a person consumes plenty of alcohol, then the risk of stroke is very high no matter if he or she had a healthy heart. This is related to the fact that the alcohol consumption elevates the blood pressure which is a key risk factor for stroke.

As per released study by the National Institute of Public Health in Helsinki, Finland, men who deink over 6 glasses of alcohol a day and women who drink over 4 glasses a day are at 40% higher risk of having a stroke than the people who never drink.

  1. Depression

As per the findings of Ray Lebeda who is a family medicine specialist at Orlando Health Physician Associates, the body breaks down the chemicals in alcohol and the balance of mood-stabilizing neurotransmitters in the brain can be misbalanced. In plain words, the intake of alcohol can change the mood of a person. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) maintains that alcohol consumption over time can cause a reduction in brain cells, which can lead to issues like depression.

  1. Obesity

As per the findings of a 2015 Canadian study, the intake of alcohol can be a risk factor for obesity, especially in the case of regular consumption. Drinking does not make you eat lees, but in fact some drinks can make you eat more and thus lead to obesity.

As per a conducted study by the University of Liverpool, while consuming alcohol you may eat more than when you are sober.

  1. Loss of memory and dementia

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that the disrupted neurotransmitters do not only interfere with our mood, but as well as it can lead to short-term memory loss and long-term cognitive issues such as dementia.

This fact was actually confirmed by a performed French study involving over one million adults. Namely, it was shown that 57,000 cases of early dementia, which is almost 60%, were linked to alcohol abuse.

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