Liver Disease: The ‘Early’ Symptom That May Occur in Daily Life – ‘Tell Your Doctor’

“Note that excessive alcohol consumption over several years can lead to toxin accumulation in the liver,” said Monika Wassermann, medical director at Olio Lusso. Worse, drinking too much alcohol also triggers a condition known as Alcohol-Related Liver Disease (ARLD).

Similar to fatty liver, ARLD causes many symptoms only in advanced stages.

However, there are some warning signs that can arise, with a symptom appearing in your daily life.

According to the British Liver Trust, one of the signs of liver disease is confusion.

The charity wrote that “periods of confusion, forgetting things, mood swings or poor judgment (brain fog)” could be revealing.

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Mrs. Wassermann said: “Liver [damaged by alcohol] cannot properly remove unwanted material from the blood, causing toxins to build up in the brain, hence the confusion.

“To recognize the signs, you may notice your eyes turning white and skin turning yellow. Your legs and feet may swell.

“In addition, your abdomen may appear larger due to fluid retention and your body temperature will rise, although you may feel feverish at times.

“But my advice to my clients is that if they gradually reduce intake and later stop drinking, symptoms may change for the better.”


For this reason, it’s a good idea to let your GP know if you regularly drink excessive amounts of alcohol so they can check your liver.

How does alcohol-related liver disease develop?

While the liver has an amazing ability to regenerate, over-drinking can still cause harm.

Every time your liver has to filter alcohol, some of its cells die. Fortunately, the organ is capable of developing new cells.

However, years of prolonged alcohol abuse can reduce this ability, resulting in serious and permanent damage.

There are three main stages of ARLD, with cirrhosis being the most severe stage.

During this phase, your liver becomes significantly scarred.

What’s worse, the NHS notes that even at this stage, there may be no signs.

It adds, “It’s generally not reversible, but quitting alcohol immediately can prevent further damage and greatly increase your life expectancy.”

Stopping alcohol consumption, or at least sticking to recommended limits, is crucial to preventing ARLD.

Both men and women are recommended to drink no more than 14 units per week on a regular basis. These units should be spread over at least three days.

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