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Can one year of heavy drinking everyday lead to liver disease? I have a bad pain in my liver nausea all day for the past 3 days and diahrrehea.

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It's certainly possible your liver isn't very happy. The only way to find out for sure if your symptoms are liver related is to go and see a doctor for some tests.

The BLT has excellent guidance on alcohol related liver disease at:-


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Hi and welcome,

The only way to know if you have any liver damage is to speak with your GP who can arrange some tests.

If you are in the UK and would like to have a confidential chat to one of our nurses our helpline is open 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday on 0800 652 7330

Best wishes.

My wife used to drink a little wine and small amounts of lager then started to drink about 1/4 bottle vodka a day less than a year liver screwed and had to have a transplant me drank 60 pints a week for about 5 years no problems depends on how lucky you are im afraid mate


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Linzenilss38 in reply to X19Dave

Thanks for the reply was she having symptoms or did a blood test catch it? I went 6 months ago had a liver panel but continued to drink like that for the past 6 months now I have pain and nausea

It depends on a lot of factors. How heavy is "heavy"? And how much were you drinking before that one year of heavy drinking? Depending on that, it can cause liver disease, especially if there are concomitant factors like obesity, poor diet, viral hepatitis, or use of liver-toxic medications like acetaminophen. On the other hand, nausea and diarrhea and psychosomatic liver pain can be caused by anxiety too.

Of course, the only way to really find out is to see a doctor. Until you do, I'd put down the alcohol, drink water, and swap out unhealthy foods with fruits and vegetables.

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Linzenilss38 in reply to JJgut

Hello drank ablit half a bottle of fireball a day. Before that only occasional drinker. I am not overweight or don’t have any conditions. I went yesterday to have blood taken now I have a huge bruise which is worrisome since I never bruised before have blood done. I should get results soon and I have an appointment for an ultrasound this Saturday. I’m just very worried with how bad the nausea and liver pain has been

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JJgut in reply to Linzenilss38

That's good that you aren't overweight. If your diet is unhealthy and you've been sedentary, you could still have a fatty liver that is concomitantly due to alcohol and diet.

As Katie mentioned above, it is possible that your liver is not happy. Your drinking over the previous year sounds like roughly 70 units by UK measures, and 40 by USA measures (someone can correct me if this is not correct). It could be that it is fatty and inflamed from the alcohol within the past year. This does not necessarily mean that you have irreversible damage, especially since it has "only" been for a year. What it does more likely mean is that you will have to keep drinking to a minimum so that your liver can recover.

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