What Happens to Your Liver From Abusing Alcohol?

alcohol abuse on the liver

Life comes unexpectedly and survival is the name of the game. As we manage ourselves like mice thru this cheese-laden maze of a rat race, it’s imperative that we take care of ourselves to keep on forward. As cliche as it can come off sometimes, you DO only live once. Every heartbreak gives us a wallop. Every injury takes its toll. Every sip we take to drown those sorrows all add up eventually. Eventually, everything breaks after so much abuse.    

Addicts and alcoholics generally love to do anything in excess. We love to abuse everything in our lives. This is just the nature of the disease. Alcoholism often shows itself suddenly and rears its ugly head- just like the Big Book says. It causes us to feed the scarring decisions and scare the healing ones away.   

As the scars begin to build up, many find themselves feeding into the disease. We start putting time into anything that fills the void and gives us that feeling of being whole. That’s the smoke and mirrors of it though. As we start putting our time into something to take away our pain- it’s only adding to it. Alcoholism makes the pain worse as it convinces us it’s getting better. We might think we feel better upstairs, but to what cost? We don’t see all the moving pieces as we allow ourselves to forget about the liver damage and the destruction of the mind occurring. Alcoholics only see what they want to see.

Look Out Below

Alcoholism causes alcoholics to binge drink, and binge drinking causes hangovers and/or blackouts. So what do hangovers and blackouts cause? That is the million dollar question! The problems unfolding inside such as liver damage, kidney failure, and heart issues are all going to happen whether we like it or not. Alcohol is just the acidic substance wearing away our insides while we think we’re having a whale of a time.  

Alcohol works just as well as poison to an alcoholic. It helps us wake up in beds that aren’t ours. It helps us lose our purses and wallets in the strangest of places. Sometimes it puts foreign stains on our clothing that are simply unidentifiable. Who knows if they’ve even come from us- the possibilities are endless. All the while that is happening, organs are shutting down that are just trying to do their job. Kidneys, liver, the heart, the brain and more at some point will start to succumb to the liquid powers that be.  

A Behind the Scenes Look

As we pour the poison down our throats, it’s thru the flesh that we see the signs of destruction. Brain and liver damage are two of the bigger components derived from these liquored engagements. Blackouts and hangovers are due to the alcohol blocking certain receptors in our brains. The beverages disrupt all sorts of communication between parts of the mind- specifically the hippocampus.

You see, the neurons being transmitted to and from the hippocampus help create memories. Blackouts will help the brain lose the ability to learn and store information practically. Then the receptors being blocked by the alcohol saturation stop the brain from creating new memories of any sort. It’s all a chain reaction that happens unbeknownst to the addicted.

The same goes for the liver damage. Unfortunately just like the brain you are only given one liver. It’s our natural filter for everything that the body consumes. Drinking too much can cause liver damage by creating an enzyme that essentially scars the liver cells upon too much consumption. These organs wear and tear on the inside just like we do on the outside. If seeing is believing, then a lot of alcoholics are in store for some unfortunate news.

The Liver and the Damage Done

Liver damage occurs so easily in alcoholics because of the contrasting behaviors at hand. The liver does everything it can to protect the body while alcohol kind of does the opposite. What happens during mass consumption of alcohol is the liver and kidneys stop being able to process it as quick as the body would like. In a domino effect, the brain is left to just kind of sit and drown in it for a little bit. The brain then just kind of shuts down and stops processing things. It’s a revolving door of sickness.

The problems with the liver begin from tacking on fatty cells as the organ struggles to do its job. From then on out, some of the issues that branch out include:

  • Fatty Liver
  • Alcoholic Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Fibrosis

The problems just keep building from there. Ignoring alcoholism is essentially like asking for liver damage. Everybody’s bodies and minds are different, so not everybody will damage the same of course. Some will find themselves dealing with the detrimental effects much sooner than others. Some will find themselves leading a life full of imbibing with no nasty after effects at all. It really just depends. However, the chances of walking away without a scratch are usually grim if you have this disease. This disease wants liver damage, it wants pain, and it wants death. Yet it can all be avoided if we pay attention to the liver-spotted warning signs. With a little luck and a lot of action, the mind and body heal in ways that we could never imagine if we give it the chance away from alcohol.  

Silence of the Lambs

Continuously letting alcohol take advantage of you can put anybody’s feathers in a ruffle. Addiction doesn’t give us a choice though. It takes on a mind of its own as it eats our liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-888-481-1993 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.

Content Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.