Alcoholic liver disease
Alcoholic liver disease is damage to the liver and its function due to alcohol abuse. It is a severe and fatal consequence of alcohol abuse. Alcoholic liver disease occurs after years of heavy drinking. Over time, scarring and cirrhosis can occur. Cirrhosis is the final phase of alcoholic liver disease. Alcohol abuse over the years leads to the replacement of healthy liver tissue with scar tissue. The disease is common in people between 40 and 50 years of age. Men are more likely to have this problem.
The symptoms of alcoholic liver cirrhosis are similar to other alcohol-related liver disorders. Symptoms include:
- portal hypertension, which increases blood pressure in the vein that travels through the liver
- skin itching
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