Alcohol-related Liver Disease (ARLD) occurs when the liver is affected by the excessive drinking of alcohol and can result in a range of changes to the liver, from the development of Fatty Liver Disease (steatosis) to hepatitis (inflammation) or cirrhosis (scarring).
Today, Hepatitis Victoria is launching a new resource to help people understand the disease and the potential treatment options.
The resource is a colourful brochure –Alcohol-Related Liver Disease– available in digital and hard copy, that briefly describes what causes, the associated risks and lists treatment options and advice. The brochure also gives guidance on how much alcohol a person is recommended to drink and what to do in social settings if you are not drinking.
ARLD is caused by drinking an excessive amount of alcohol, usually over a long period of time. This can be in the form of binge drinking or drinking excessive amounts regularly. It is a common but preventable disease and the brochure details the three main categories of its progression, Fatty Liver (steatosis), alcoholic hepatitis and alcohol-related cirrhosis.
Alcohol-Related Liver Disease is the fifth brochure in a suite of digital and hard copy resources from Hepatitis Victoria and form part of the organisation’s commitment to provide the public with easy-to-understand resources related to broader liver health.
If you have any concerns about ARLD or any other liver-related disease, talk to your doctor or General Practitioner who will recommend appropriate actions and monitor progress.