Alcoholic Liver Disease

Alcoholic liver disease is inflammation of the liver caused by drinking alcohol. If you're diagnosed with this disease, you must stop drinking alcohol. People who continue to drink alcohol face a high risk of serious liver damage complications or even death.

What are the symptoms of alcoholic liver disease?

The most common sign of alcoholic liver disease is yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice). You may also experience symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, fatigue and weakness. Malnutrition is common in people with alcoholic liver disease. Additional signs and symptoms that occur with severe cases include:

  • Fluid accumulation in your abdomen (ascites)
  • Confusion, behavior changes and insomnia due to a buildup of toxins normally broken down and eliminated by the liver
  • Kidney and liver failure

If you have concerns, request an appointment at San Bernardino Gastroenterology Associates.