Alcohol Related Helpline: Alcohol related Support
Understand the Symptoms of Liver Disease (Alcohol-Related)
Alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) is a common type of liver disorder. Excessive alcohol consumption for many years damages the liver, increasing the risk of liver failure, and exposing the person to life-threatening conditions. While most cases of alcohol-induced liver problems involve inflammation and swelling of the liver, long-term alcohol abuse can increase your risk of severe liver damage called cirrhosis. Many people with this condition need liver transplants.
Caring for someone with ARLD is challenging, especially when the damage is severe and irreversible. Long-term caregiving can leave adverse effects on your physical and mental health. Keep in mind that caregiving doesn’t mean you have to disregard your own health. You should seek emotional support from other caregivers who have had a similar experience. There’s no better place than the ExtendaTouch support group to find such people. Our online community of family caregivers is full of people who have cared for people with this disease. They can share their experience with you, help you understand the symptoms of alcohol-related liver disease, and provide you emotional support.
Treatment of ARLD
Treatment for Alcohol-Related Liver Disease depends on whether the patient is willing to stop drinking or reduce alcohol intake and make lifestyle changes. Doctors recommend a healthy and balanced diet after stopping drinking. If the patient has a severe form of ARLD, they would be admitted to a hospital. The doctor may also recommend some medications, but if the liver is severely damaged, a liver transplant may become inevitable.
You can ask ExtendaTouch group members about the treatments they used for their loved ones and whether they worked. They can share valuable information and helpful resources with you. Our fellow caregivers are friendly, and most of them are more experienced and eager to help you understand the symptoms and treatment of ARLD. Request contact of our members now and start getting help.