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Learn to say ‘no’ to alcohol to protect your liver

The innocuous practice of drinking can transform into a compulsive habit so intense that one can find it difficult to get rid of alcohol. Other than the physical disorders, incessant drinking or binge drinking can mar thinking ability, thus, making it arduous to take the right decisions. Various studies have debunked the myth that drinking little quantities of alcohol can be beneficial for the overall health. In fact, various researches have stressed on the adverse effects of drinking on liver.

Saying ‘no’ to alcohol

Alcohol affects liver functioning which is so essential for proper working of the body. Thus, it is time to realize the perils of drinking and say ‘no’ to alcohol.

Alcohol is one of the biggest risk factors for cancer. Drinking excessive quantities of alcohol can cause liver cirrhosis which in turn can result in an aggravated potential of suffering from liver cancer. Researches have indicated that drinking in excess can result in fat accumulation in the liver. An increased frequency of drinking can heighten the chance of liver inflammation which can cause hepatitis. If not treated early, the same can result in failure of liver functioning and untimely death in alcohol dependent people.

Studies have suggested that women are more prone to liver cancer from drinking as compared to men due to the inability of women’s liver to break down alcohol as quickly as men’s liver. The liver in a woman takes longer to heal and get back to original condition, if damaged.

Prevalence of drinking habit rising

It is not easy to overcome the addictive properties of alcohol. According to reports, more Americans have lost their lives due to excessive drinking than any other reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 30,700 Americans died due to alcohol-related reasons in 2014. The alcohol-induced causes included alcohol poisoning and liver cirrhosis which led to the death of 9.6 people for every 100,000 Americans.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) indicates alcohol as the most commonly used addictive substance in the U.S. According to the NCADD, an estimated 17.6 million American adults are afflicted with problems of alcohol abuse or dependence on it while several other millions are engaged in dangerous binge drinking.

As per the NCADD, nearly 88,000 Americans die every year due to excessive alcohol use, pinpointing drinking habit to be the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the country. Despite the humongous crisis faced by the U.S. owing to the impact of alcohol, Americans largely have remained inconclusive toward its intoxicating properties.

Necessity to seek timely treatment

Disease of the liver does not manifest itself during the early stages. The symptoms of any problem in liver is exhibited only during advanced stages of the problem. This results in people seeking treatment for liver damage caused due to drinking only after the damage has been done.

Despite the addictive properties of alcohol and large number of deaths attributed to its use every year, the use of alcohol continues to be legal in the U.S. The country is trying to fight the ills posed by prescription drug abuse, terming it as an ‘epidemic’, but the drinking culture has largely remained unchecked in the country.

If you or your loved one is addicted to substances and is looking for help, contact the 24/7 Recovery Helpline for more information on alcohol addiction rehabilitation centers available in your vicinity. Call at our 24/7 helpline number (855) 441-4405 or chat online for further advice on drug rehab centers or alcohol abuse treatment options.

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