What Is Alcohol's Effect on the Liver? What is alcohol's effect on the liver? The liver is an essential organ, responsible for cleaning, detoxifying, and clotting blood. The liver enables the body to absorb proteins, vitamins and carbs. If a liver fails, no manmade device or treatment is able to fully replicate its function. As the primary detoxifying and nutrient absorbing organ, the liver processes all the alcohol a person drinks. Alcohol's Effect on the Liver Alcohol undergoes an ingenious chemical conversion process in the liver. Ethanol is converted first into acetic acid and then into acetate, with harmful byproducts either being absorbed or recycled from the body via urine. The liver thusly protects the body from alcohol, which is itself a poison. But this wonderful transformation comes at a cost. While the liver is busy detoxifying alcohol it cannot at the same time do something else it was meant to do, which is to produce glucose. The brain needs glucose like a car needs fuel. Without enough glucose, a person can feel the pain of its absence in the form of headaches. The body may feel overly tired and may even vomit. Sound like a hangover? That\u2019s what liver fatigue looks and feels like. A hangover rarely lasts more than a day, but regular heavy drinking can do far more damage to the liver than merely tax its capabilities. Alcohol's Effect on the Liver's Health The liver creates fat deposits as it absorbs alcohol. Over time, fat builds up in the liver, turning into fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease causes inflammation of liver tissues. This occurs in 90-100 percent of people who drink more than recommended amounts. If a person stops overdrinking at this point and adopts a more healthy lifestyle of exercise and improved nutrition the problem may be reversed. If a person does not cease overdrinking, fatty liver disease progresses. Next, the liver tissues become thickened and less pliable, and the liver functions less efficiently. Unchecked, cirrhosis may occur. Here the liver becomes hardened and unable to do the chore of purification. The buildup of toxins and waste materials will eventually poison and kill the body. Get Help For Alcoholism at Lucida Treatment If you or a loved one are alcoholic, come to Lucida Treatment in Lantana, Florida. Lucida Treatment helps undo alcohol's effect on the liver through detox and prevents relapse through therapy. Alcohol detox helps your body purge alcohol from your system, and overcome your physical dependency on alcohol. After detox, therapy tackles the psychological roots of alcoholism. At Lucida Treatment, we offer a wide variety of therapies professionally designed to help you get and stay sober. Therapies offered at Lucida Treatment's alcohol addiction treatment center include: \tCognitive Behavioral Therapy Program \tDialectical Behavior Therapy Program \tEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Program \tFamily Therapy Program \tGestalt Therapy Program \tGroup Therapy Program \tIndividual Therapy Program \tPsychodrama Therapy Program \tTrauma Therapy Program If you want advice on having alcohol discussions with doctors, Lucida Treatment can help! Contact us online or call us today at to make having alcohol discussions with doctors easy!