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No Happy Hour for Your Liver

Alcohol at the root of most liver disease

If you drink more than a few drinks every day, your liver may be paying the price for it, reports this Healthology Press story on ABC News.

Fatty liver disease, some forms of hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver can all be caused by overconsumption of alcohol, says the article.

The liver is an essential organ that plays an important role in many of the body's most vital functions. The liver removes toxins -- such as alcohol -- from the body. It makes the proteins responsible for blood clotting and helps the body fight off infections. The liver also makes bile, which is needed to break down fat. Without a properly functioning liver, you'd die.

According to the article, 10 percent of those who abuse alcohol can expect to have some sort of liver disease. No one can predict who will get liver disease and who will be spared.

In its early stages, most forms of liver disease produce few, if any, symptoms. Later, patients may experience pain in the upper right part of their abdomen, vomiting, fatigue and nausea.

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