Unfortunately many people do not get symptoms until they are already very unwell. So do not wait for symptoms if you think your loved one might be at risk.
You can find out more about Symptoms here.
Our free online screener is a good way for your loved one to check on their risk factors. It is completely confidential, and the results will not be shared with their doctor or anyone else.
Ask your loved one to give it a go and encourage them to be honest with their answers. A lot of us tend to say we drink a bit less or eat a little better than we really do. The online tool cannot judge anyone. It will just let them know if they might be at risk.
Many types of liver disease can be prevented. And even if some damage has been done it can repair itself if the cause is taken away soon enough.
You cannot detox your liver and there are no supplements that will help it heal but there are things you can do. Making changes together can make them easier to stick to. You can find out more using the links below.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
- Be active or take regular exercise
- If you drink alcohol, stick to the guideline amounts
- If you might be at risk of viral hepatitis, get a test
If your loved one drinks more than the guideline amount of alcohol, then they are at risk of liver disease. Ideally, they should try to cut down to the guideline amount of 14 units, which is 6 to 7 drinks. And have 3 days in a row each week where they do not drink alcohol.
For some people this is not too hard. You could decide together to only have a drink at the weekends. Your loved one could swap some of their regular drinks for non-alcoholic versions.
But if cutting down or stopping is very difficult then it is important to seek help.
There are also links for support if your loved one’s drinking has become a problem or a risk to you.
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Published: January 2024