Alcohol addiction and liver damage
Alcohol is that it is a drug, and people get addicted to it. The truth is, alcoholism is a disease, and it can be very, very hard for alcoholics to stop drinking. Addiction usually does not happen overnight. Rather, people who become addicted to alcohol are gradually introduced and desensitized to it over a period of time.
They may initially drink for recreational purpose. For instance, some might get into the habit of having a beer or wine after work as a way of releasing the days’ stresses. Many people drink too much in order to forget their troubles, or “drown their sorrows.” Since alcohol makes the brain and memory go fuzzy, some people actually forget what’s troubling them, at least for some time. In such people daily actions may trigger a desire to drink even while they are unaware of it.
Drinking over the years and their association with drinking will become stronger and will become more difficult to give up.
Alcohol has a direct damaging effect on the liver. Liver disease was the 12th leading cause of death in the United States in the year 2001, accounting for roughly 27,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol abuse can cause a condition called “fatty liver” or another called “alcohol hepatitis” — both of which can be treated, but only if alcohol consumption is stopped.
A study in the June 2004 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research has found that drinking patterns may also contribute to liver damage, and this effect may vary by gender. If drinking continues, these conditions will cause cirrhosis of the liver. Medications treat the complications but do not cure the liver disease, and the person may need a liver transplant.
People should realize that drinking alcohol will always makes things worse, because alcoholism is just one more problem to add to whatever else is going on.
Lorraine Gunzerath; Vivian Faden; Samir Zakhari; Kenneth Warren. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Report on Moderate Drinking. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research – June 2004