5. What are the symptoms of alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD)?

Liver Health

Do you know the symptoms of alcohol-related liver disease?

09/01/2018


Emily Condon
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

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What are the symptoms of alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD)?

Because there are several different progression stages, alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) can present a number of different symptoms. However, ARLD doesn’t often present any symptoms until the liver is severely damaged.

If they do show, early stage symptoms may include: 

  • Abdominal pains
  • Weight loss
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice)
  • Feeling sick

As the damage progresses, later stage liver disease symptoms are more serious and can include the following:  

  • Vomiting blood or blood in the stool
  • Swelling of the abdomen, legs and ankles
  • Confusion and drowsiness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Itchy skin

As disease progression worsens and more inflammation and scar tissue forms in the liver, the liver will eventually begin to fail. Liver failure is a life-threatening condition which can cause serious complications, including increasing pressure in the brain and excessive bleeding in the body.

Learn more about liver disease:

What is the liver?

What can go wrong with the liver?

What are the symptoms of liver disease?

What is alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD)? 

How is alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) diagnosed?

What is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)?

Am I at risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)?

What are the symptoms of non-alcoholic related liver disease (NAFLD)?

How is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) diagnosed?


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