Alcoholic hepatitis is most likely to occur in people who intensely drink for years. However, the relationship between alcohol and alcoholic hepatitis is complicated. A large amount of drunkard does not develop alcoholic hepatitis, but it may also occur to people who drink only moderately.
If you are diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis, you must stop drinking. People who continue to drink alcohol are at high risk of serious liver damage and death.
The most common signs of alcoholic hepatitis are yellowing of skin and white (jaundice)
For other signs and symptoms,
- Decreased appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal tenderness
- Fever, often low grade
- Fatigue and debility
- Weight loss
Alcoholic people with hepatitis are malnourished. Drinking a large amount of alcohol reduces appetite, and drinkers take most calories in the form of alcohol.
For signs and symptoms of severe alcoholic hepatitis,
- Bodily fluid accumulates in your abdomen (ascites)
- Changes in behavior and behavior due to accumulation of
- toxins normally degraded and eliminated by the liver
Kidney and liver failure
When going to see a doctor
Alcoholic hepatitis is a serious disease. 30 to 40% of patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis may die within 1 month.
Please consult your doctor in the following cases.
- I have signs or symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis
- I feel that you can not control alcohol drinking
- You would like to help to reduce your drinking
If alcohol you drink hurt your liver, alcoholic hepatitis develops. It is not clear how alcohol can hurt the liver, why it is only severe drunkards.
- The body’s process of decomposing alcohol produces very toxic chemicals
- These chemicals cause inflammation to destroy hepatocytes
- As time goes by, scars replace healthy liver tissue and interfere with liver function
- This irreversible scarring (liver cirrhosis) is the final stage of alcoholic liver disease
Other factors responsible for alcoholic hepatitis include,
Other types of hepatitis.
Even if you are suffering from hepatitis C or drinking moderately, you are more likely to develop cirrhosis if you do not drink.
Because alcohol and byproducts prevent it from absorbing nutrients properly in the body, people with too much food intake or malnutrition are many. The deficiency of nutrients contributes to the damage of hepatocytes.
The main risk factor for alcoholic hepatitis is the amount of alcohol consumed. Alcohol intake at risk of alcoholic hepatitis is not known. However, most people in this state have a drinking history of 3.4 ounces (100 grams) or more, equivalent to 7 wines of wine, 7 cups of beer or 7 spirits each day for at least 20 years.
Other risk factors include:
Women seem to be at high risk of developing alcoholism but women’s alcohol treatment methods may be different.
A severe drinker who is overweight may develop alcoholic hepatitis, and its condition may progress to liver cirrhosis.
The study suggests that there may be a genetic component in alcohol-induced liver disease, but it is difficult to separate genetic and environmental factors.
Race and ethnicity.
It is difficult to isolate genetic and environmental factors, but African-American and Hispanics may be at increased risk of alcoholic hepatitis.
I drink too much.
Drinking more than 5 drinks at a time may increase the risk of alcoholic hepatitis.
For complications of alcoholic hepatitis,
Hypertensive scar tissue in the liver
can delay the flow of blood through the liver and increase the pressure in the major blood vessels (portal veins).
Expansion vein (varicose veins).
Blood that can not freely flow out of the portal vein can return to the stomach and other vessels of the esophagus. These vessels have thin walls and are likely to bleed when filled with too much blood. Severe bleeding in the upper gastric or esophagus is life-threatening and requires immediate medical care.
Liquid accumulating in the abdomen needs to be infected and treated with antibiotics. Ascites does not threaten life but it is usually a sign of progressive alcoholic hepatitis or liver cirrhosis.
Even if you hurt the liver, you can not remove the residue of old red blood cells (bilirubin) from the blood. Bilirubin builds up, deposits on your skin and white of the eye, it turns yellow.
Confusion, drowsiness and slurring (hepatic encephalopathy).
If the liver is damaged, you can not remove toxins in the body. Accumulation of toxins can damage your brain. Severe hepatic encephalopathy may cause coma.
Cirrhosis of the liver.
This irreversible liver scarring often leads to liver failure.
Damage to the liver may affect blood flow to the kidneys and damage the organs.