The First Signs of Alcoholic Liver Damage Are Not in the Liver

Not enough alcoholics are educated about this

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The problem is that liver damage has numerous multifaceted symptoms that are confusing and associated with many other illnesses. Unless a doctor knows that the patient is an alcoholic, they may not know how to interpret what’s happening until it’s too late.

Digestive signs

The liver plays a huge part in our digestive process. It filters out all toxins from food as well as helping to break down fats and glucose.

Cognitive signs

Although confusion and brain fog happen in end-stage liver cirrhosis, they can also be early signs.

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Neuromuscular signs

The liver stores vitamins required for the functioning of many organs and systems in the body — one of them is vitamin B1 or thiamine. A deficiency in this particular vitamin has been documented in many alcoholics with or without liver damage.

Vascular signs

All alcohol consumption can lead to blood vessel dilation, causing flushing in the face and hands. Over time, this can cause damage leading to permanent redness in the face. Although many alcoholics have rosacea or spider-like veins on their faces, this is often benign.



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