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Why does excess alcohol consumption damage the liver?

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Anamika
For the moon, Stars eternally dance 02 June 2018 at 18:13

The liver can cope up with the small amount of alcohol but if you drink more than certain amount liver can struggle to process it. Drinking excessive alcohol can cause three main types of liver diseases: fatty liver, hepatitis and cirrhosis ('scarring' of the liver ). Alcohol produces a toxic enzyme called acetaldehyde which can destroy liver cells and cause permanent scarring, as well as harm to the brain and stomach lining. Liver requires water to process properly but when alcohol enters the body it acts as a diuretic and as such dehydrates. Drinking too much can cause in building too much fat which liver cannot handle. This can cause inflammation and fatty liver disease. Excessive alcohol can also cause the liver to become swollen and tender.