Love your liver
Did you know you don't have to be drinking a hugely excessive amount of alcohol to be at risk of alcoholic liver disease?
Am I at risk?
Men who regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol each day, and women who regularly drink more than 2-3 units of alcohol each day have an increased risk of liver disease. Men that regularly drink over 7 units per day and women 5 units per day are at high risk if this level of drinking is over a long period of time. If you are also overweight, or have viral hepatitis your chances of suffering liver damage are also increased.
A combination of these factors and increased alcohol use means the risk is very high. But, don't be put off from enjoying a glass of wine every now and again, moderation is key. Taking regular breaks from alcohol can do your liver the world of good, so love your liver today.
Try the unit calculator here to see what your favourite tipple amounts to in units.
What can I do to prevent liver disease?
Reducing the amount you drink now and losing a bit of weight if needed, can help to reverse damage of early stage liver disease. Taking a regular break from alcohol will help your liver stay healthy (at least 2-3 days per week).
What is liver disease?
People can spend 10- 20 years damaging their liver and not feel any of the effects this is doing to them. This is because the liver has enormous reserves so that you can damage an awful lot of it and it can still do all of its jobs. However once significant damage is done the effects can be severe and life threatening. The liver is an essential organ, we can't live without it.