Alcohol and Liver Disease

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The liver is our largest internal organ and it has 500 different roles. One of the liver’s most important functions is to break down food and convert it into energy when you need it. Your liver also helps the body to get rid of waste products and plays a vital role in fighting infections, particularly in the bowel

And yet, when your liver is damaged, you generally won’t know about it – until things get serious. Drinking alcohol can increase your risk of developing liver disease and cause irreparable damage to this very important part of your body.

In fact, drinking is a major cause of the 25% increase in deaths from liver disease in over the last decade. Overall, alcohol-related liver disease accounts for well over a third (37%) of liver disease deaths. And figures show victims are getting younger – more than one in 10 of deaths of people in their 40s are from liver disease, most of them from alcoholic liver disease.

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