Long-term damage to the liver causes hard, irregular bumps to replace smooth liver tissue. The scarring of the life-supporting organ can lead to red, blotchy palms. What are the other signs to look out for? The British Liver Trust stated: “Alcohol consumption is the most common cause of liver disease in the UK.” Scarring of the liver is known as cirrhosis, which may make a person generally feel unwell and tired all of the time.
“Drinking too much alcohol over a long period of time means the liver doesn’t get a chance to recover. This can result in serious and permanent damage.”
When the liver begins to fail to function, you may begin to have intensely itchy skin.
The whites of your eyes may begin to have a yellow tinge (known as jaundice).
The fingertips could become thicker and wider, known as “clubbed fingers,” and you may begin to lose your hair.
Where is my liver?
If you place your right hand over the area under the ribs, on the right-hand side of your body, it’ll just about cover the area of your liver.
Why is the liver so important?
The liver absorbs nutrients while removing harmful substances from the blood.
The life-supporting organ processes digested food from the intestine, controls glucose in the blood, and combats infections.
“People with liver damage may sometimes lose the ability to control glucose concentration in the blood and need a regular supply of sugar,” said the British Liver Trust.
If you’d like to protect your liver, take three days off alcohol every week to give your liver the chance to repair itself.
It’ll also help to drink plenty of water, to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and to exercise regularly.