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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is alcoholic liver disease?

Liver damage caused by overconsumption of alcohol.

Symptoms of alcoholic liver disease

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Loss of appetite

  • Purple rash

  • Pain across the entire body

  • Hair loss

  • Falling frequently

Questions your doctor may ask to check for alcoholic liver disease

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose alcoholic liver disease

  • Have you noticed your eyes or skin are turning yellow?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have less or no appetite, therefore eat less food?

  • Do you have purple spots on your skin?

Treatment for alcoholic liver disease

The most effective treatment is to reduce and quit drinking. A doctor may prescribe medications and refer for counseling to break the habit. Regular check-ups may be needed to monitor for complications such as permanent liver scarring, liver failure, and cancer.

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