I'm a 32 year old male, who's drank heavily since the age of 15.
The only definitive answer to my question would have to come from a doctor, but having found this forum, I see no harm in asking those who may have first hand experience from the patients perspective.
I've decided it's time to stop drinking. Completely.
With the exception of my alcohol issues, I'm not in a terrible place. I have my own home, a reasonable job and a stable, long term relationship. I've never known why I drink as much as I do. I'm not aware that I'm drinking to forget, or escape from anything, I'm not depressed (certainly no more than anyone else I know). I think it's exactly this that has been the wakeup call. There is no reason for the way I drink...full stop, so why do it?
Anyway, rambling here.
Essentially, I have deep concerns about what 17 years of heavy drinking has done to my innards, particularly and rather obviously, my liver.
I've been able to FEEL my liver for years, not so much pain, just aware of its presence. I have in the past experienced extreme Liver pain following bouts of heavy drinking. It has however always subsided after a day or two.
I had a liver function test a few years back and it came back fine.
I've looked up the symptoms of liver damage and other than the pain associated with it, I've never exhibited any of the other symptoms.
What are peoples thoughts? Is it likely I've done irreparable damage? Should it recover with time and abstinence?
Any advice or reassurance would be greatly appreciated.