Your liver and alcohol consumption

Responsible Service of AlcoholYour liver is one of the body’s vital organs; it has 500 different roles within the body. One of the most important roles of the liver is breaking down food and making it into energy. It also disposes off waste within the body. However, heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver and can lead to a variety of health problems, both long and short term – adversely affecting your liver.

Light to moderate alcohol consumption of one or two standard alcoholic beverages is not associated with liver damage. However, if you regularly drink in excess – your liver will become inflamed, causing Alcoholic Hepatitis and a fatty liver. Alcoholic Hepatitis can lead to liver failure and death if not dealt with by a medical professional. Nevertheless, the amount of alcohol it takes to damage the liver is different from person to person, and women are more at risk.

Your liver has four (4) important roles:

  • Your liver converts the food that you consume into substances to sustain your body’s functions and growth

  • It breaks down drugs for your body to use

  • It converts toxins into forms that your body is able to expel

  • It makes and exports substances for your body to use.

If you can reduce or stop drinking alcohol, you will be able to minimise or reverse the side effects in relation to your liver. However, Alcoholic Hepatitis, if you continue to drink, may permanently damage the liver and can increase your risk of Liver Cancer.

The more you drink, the greater your risk of liver damage. To maintain a healthy liver, you should drink within moderation and ensure that you do not drink in excess, minimising your risk of Alcoholic Hepatitis and/or Liver Cancer.