Excessive consumption of alcohol at a single instance or over a course of time can result in liver damage. Alcohol related liver disease can be at different stages from mild steatohepatitis to severe alcoholic liver cirrhosis. This is a chronic condition and develops over time.
Liver metabolizes 90% of the alcohol consumed in the body. The byproducts released during breakdown can directly affect the liver cells (hepatocytes).
Symptoms typically appear only after a significant amount of liver damage has occurred as mostly the liver can regenerate itself.
A detailed history of current and past alcohol consumption is taken . The doctor will also conduct a thorough physical examination. Diagnostic tests involve