April 1, 2008
Alcohol and your liver
Chronic alcoholism and your body:
Alcohol can poison all living cells, causing liver cells to become inflamed and die.
- The death of liver cells leads your body to form scar tissue around veins of your liver. Healing liver cells form nodules, which also press on the liver veins.
- This scarring process occurs in 10-20 percent of alcoholics and is the most common form of cirrhosis in the United States.
- The severity of the process depends on how much you drink and how long you have been abusing alcohol. The amount of alcohol needed to injure the liver varies widely from individual to individual.
- Some families are more susceptible to cirrhosis than others.