Drugs and alcohol can affect how your liver works.
Follow O’Liver as he gives you healthy liver advice on getting active, eating well, being drink aware, your liver after hepatitis C treatment, and how your liver can be injured by drugs and alcohol.
Exercise is fantastic for improving your physical and mental health. If you’re just starting out, it’s important to start slowly with gentle exercise such as walking, working up to exercise that makes you huff and puff. You can find more info on our Getting Active page.
Drugs can change the way your body absorbs nutrients. Having some tips to help you eat healthily up your sleeve can really help! To be liver healthy, try to limit foods that are high in fats, sugars, and salt. More tips can be found on our Eating Well page!
Alcohol use may damage your liver and the risk of overdose is increased when you combine drugs and alcohol. More tips on being drink aware can be found on our Drink Aware page.
Drugs and your liver
Your liver works hard breaking down drugs and medications. Sometimes there are side effects to drug use that result in injury to your liver. Only take medications recommended to you by your doctor.
If you or someone you know needs help contact:
Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
Victorian Suicide Helpline – 1300 651 251
Directline – Drug & Alcohol Counselling – 1800 888 236
Alcoholics Anonymous Australia – 1300 222 222
SANE 1800 18 7623 – to speak to a mental health professional (10am–10pm AEST) or chat online
Family Drug Helpline 1300 660 068 – for information and support for people concerned about a relative or friend using drugs
Youth Drugs and Alcohol Advice (YoDAA) 1800 458 685 – for counselling, support and referral for 12 to 21-year-olds, their families and carers (9 am–8 pm AEST, week days) via telephone or online chat.
You can find more information on our Feeling Well page.
After Hep C Treatment
You can get hep C more than once. It’s important to get tested regularly even if you’ve been treated. Get tested, get healthy, and monitor your condition to stay hep C free.