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Alcohol-Induced Liver Diseases

Consuming too much alcohol can damage your liver over time and greatly reduce your liver function. Changes to your liver tissue can cause the sudden-onset of liver inflammation causing liver failure or, in later stages of the disease, the formation of scar tissue and cirrhosis. There are three primary types of alcohol-induced liver disease:

  • Fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Alcoholic cirrhosis

If left untreated, alcohol-induced liver disease can lead to acute or fulminant liver failure, as well as long-term or chronic liver failure. Fat deposits in your liver cause liver enlargement, which can lead to the formation of scar tissue. When this happens, your liver does not function properly. Inflammation from hepatitis may also cause scar tissue to form. Cirrhosis is the condition of healthy liver cells being replaced by stiff scar tissue. This prevents your liver from functioning properly. If damage to your liver is severe, a liver transplant may be necessary.

Alcohol-induced liver diseases can cause many debilitating symptoms, including:

  • Weakness
  • Jaundice
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Dark urine
  • Pain under the right side of your ribs

This condition is common and completely preventable. If you do not drink alcohol, you will not develop alcohol-induced liver diseases. If you are diagnosed with this condition, your liver can heal itself if you stop drinking.

At Indiana University Health, we are leading experts in providing a standard of care to help you end your alcohol intake, reverse damage to your liver and manage your condition if cirrhosis is present.

Through our affiliation with the IU School of Medicine, we are studying new treatments and therapies specific to alcohol-induced liver diseases. Our research includes investigations into how alcohol is involved with fat metabolism and fatty deposits in the liver, and the genetic causes related to alcohol addiction. In partnership with the National Institutes of Health, we are testing new therapeutic treatments through multi-center clinical trials to manage acute liver disease caused by alcohol abuse.

Our association with the Indiana Alcohol Research Center gives us access to the most up-to-date knowledge about the impact of alcohol on the liver. We can give our patients the opportunity to take part in clinical trials testing new medicines and therapies, as well as provide them with the best treatments available.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Alcohol-Induced Liver Diseases Treatment Information

When we treat alcohol-induced liver diseases, our goal is to restore your liver function and stop the disease progression. Our gastroenterologists and hepatologists are highly skilled in applying the latest research to the treatment of liver diseases:

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Alcohol-Induced Liver Diseases Support Services

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