Alcohol abuse has an unusually bad effect on the body’s metabolism and promotes cancer. The liver has the function of eliminating toxic substances in the body and it only works within the limitation. Excessive alcohol in the body causes the liver to become overloaded and serious damage to the organ that forms the scar tissue. Alcohol also exacerbates cirrhosis with hepatitis B and C viruses. Therefore, it is considered as one of the most dangerous factors which can lead to liver cancer.
How to treat alcohol addiction of hepatitis patients?
For alcoholics with hepatitis, alcohol cannot be abruptly aborted during treatment. Because there may be very strong or life-threatening reactions, the patient should be treated in the hospital.
The duration of hospital treatment lasts 8-14 days. During this time, the person usually develops symptoms such as
- Sleep disturbance’
- Irritability and depression.
If the body is heavily dependent on alcohol, it is accompanied by tremors (especially two hands) and in extreme cases seizures and hallucinations. In addition, for alcoholics to quit alcohol for treatment of hepatitis, the help of psychiatrists is needed.
What about tips to avoid alcohol when out?
There is no hard and fast rule regarding how much you can drink without damaging your liver. The following are some tips to consider when deciding whether or not to have that first drink or to order the next round.
- If you decide to hang out for a drink, try not to keep pace “drink for drink” with your friends whose tolerance for alcohol is higher than yours. In fact, your gender, nationality, weight and your health condition are things which determine whether you are “good at drink” or not. So don’t think that you “know the limit”.
- Type of alcohol doesn’t matter, the amount does. Thus, don’t choose the drink based on the belief that one type of alcohol is not as harmful as others. One ‘drink’ is equivalent to 12 oz. (341 ml) of beer, 5 oz. (142 ml) of wine, 3 oz. (86 ml) of sherry or port, 1.5 oz. (43 ml) of spirits. Each has the same effect on the liver whether taken alone or diluted.
- Never mix alcohol and medication. For an example the combination of acetaminophen and alcohol can lead to liver failure.
- If you’re a woman, don’t make it hard and force you to drink more than you can. Alcohol adsorption of women is different from men’s. Therefore, women are more susceptible to alcohol-related liver disease even if they consume less alcohol than men do.
- Don’t play ‘drinking games’ which encourage excessive consumption of alcohol within a short period of time.
Last but not least, limit your alcohol consumption to one or two drinks, but never on a daily basis. As far as your liver is concerned, the safest amount of alcohol is 0, at all.
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Review Date: April 20, 2017 | Last Modified: April 20, 2017