Definition, Symptoms, and Treatment
Drinking too much alcohol causes liver inflammation. Alcoholic hepatitis can develop in people who have consumed a lot of alcohol for a long time.
Yellow skin and eyes, as well as an increase in stomach size due to fluid collection, are symptoms.
Treatment includes hydration, nutritional support, and abstinence from alcohol. Steroids can aid in the reduction of liver inflammation.
Although there is no cure for alcoholic hepatitis, treatment aims to decrease or eliminate symptoms and slow the disease’s course.
Although liver scarring is irreversible, the liver can recover some of the damage. The goal of treatment is to restore as much normal liver function as feasible.
Alcoholic Hepatitis Compared to Cirrhosis
Because alcoholic hepatitis is reversible and hepatic function improves over time with abstinence, management consists primarily of abstinence from alcohol and supportive care.
However, because alcoholic cirrhosis is irreversible and hepatic function may not improve over time, management consists primarily of abstinence from alcohol and supportive care.
Precautions, Measures, and Consumption
The exact amount of alcohol required to cause alcoholic hepatitis is unknown.
However, most people with the illness have a history of drinking more than 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of alcohol each day for at least 20 years, which is equivalent to seven glasses of wine, seven beers, or seven shots of spirits.
If you follow the NHS alcohol consumption guidelines, it’s usually okay to start drinking again after this point.
If you have a more serious form of ARLD (alcoholic hepatitis or cirrhosis), you should abstain from alcohol for the rest of your life.
The time it takes to acquire alcoholic hepatitis after consuming a lot of alcohol might range from 3 months to 36 years.
Even moderate drinkers, as well as binge drinkers who are inconsistent, can develop alcoholic hepatitis.
Gender, genetic background, overall physical health, and even when you drink are all factors.