A quarter of us drink at levels that could put our health at risk.
Regularly drinking more than the recommended amount over a long period can damage your liver. This can lead to alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) and liver cancer.
What you can do to reduce liver damage from alcohol
- Men and women should drink no more than 14 units per week.
- Give your liver a regular break and have 2 to 3 alcohol free days each week – try to have them all in a row.
Read more about alcohol and the liver here: https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/information-and-support/living-with-a-liver-condition/liver-conditions/alcohol/
Many of us are overweight and don’t do enough exercise
Fatty deposits can build up in the liver. Over time they can damage the liver and stop it working properly.
People who have an unhealthy diet, live with overweight or obesity, don’t get enough physical activity, or live with type 2 diabetes are more at risk of developing a fatty liver.
Keeping to a healthy weight is an important way to reduce your risk of developing liver disease. For most people, losing weight slowly is the best approach. Making your diet healthier and more balanced and being more physically active both help to lose weight and keep it off.
Our Eating Well for a healthy liver factsheet provides practical tips for everyday life.
There are several viruses that cause hepatitis. The common ones are hepatitis A, B and C. Most people recover from hepatitis A with no lasting liver damage, but hepatitis B and C can cause long term liver disease and even liver cancer.
- Never share razors, nail scissors or toothbrushes
- Cover wounds, especially when you play sport
- Only use licensed tattoo and piercing studios and make sure all equipment used has been sterilised
- Use a condom during sex
- Never share drug equipment, and don’t use rolled-up bank notes
- If you need medical treatment abroad make sure only sterile equipment is used.
Love Your Liver
Love Your Liver is our national awareness campaign devoted to liver health awareness and giving people the key steps needed to keep their liver healthy.
9 in 10 liver disease cases can be prevented with simple lifestyle changes and as part of our national campaign, we offer a free online screener, arrange national roadshows and work with healthcare professionals.Find out more about the campaign