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Go Dry in January
What is Go Dry in January?
This month is dedicated to a thirty-one day break from alcohol. By pledging to go alcohol-free can bring great benefits- sleep better, save money and improve your overall health. Over time, excessive use of alcohol can lead to the development of chronic diseases such as liver disease.
Alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) is liver damage caused by excess alcohol intake. The various stages of ARLD present with varying levels of severity and symptoms. There are 3 types of liver disease that can result from excessive alcohol consumption:
- fatty liver- excess fat build up in the liver
- alcoholic hepatitis- inflammation of liver cells
- alcohol-related cirrhosis- non-living scar tissue replaces normal liver tissue
Alcohol-related cirrhosis is the most serious form of alcohol-related liver disease with up to 35 percent of heavy drinkers at risk for developing alcoholic hepatitis and between 10-20% at risk for developing cirrhosis.
This disease is common, but preventable. Abstinence is key, however, in the early stages of the disease, liver damage may be reversed if a person stops drinking.
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