Alcoholic Liver Disease

ExitCare ImageAlcoholic liver disease means you have a damaged liver that does not work properly. This disease is caused by drinking too much alcohol. Some people do not have any problems until the disease has become very bad. Problems can be worse after a period of heavy drinking.

HOME CARE

  • Stop drinking alcohol.

  • Get expert advice or help (counseling) to quit drinking. Join an alchohol support group.

  • You may need to eat foods that give you energy (carbohydrates), such as:

  • Milk and yogurt.

  • Navy, pinto, and white beans.

  • Applesauce, grapes, dried dates, prunes, and raisins.

  • Potatoes and rice.

  • Eat foods that are high in vitamins, especially thiamine and folic acid. These foods include:

  • Whole-wheat or whole-grain breads and cereals. Look on the package for "added thiamine" or "added folic acid."

  • Meat, especially pork.

  • Fresh, raw vegetables.

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, orange juice, avocados, beets, and cantaloupe.

  • Dark green, leafy vegetables, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, and broccoli.

  • Beans and nuts.

  • Dairy foods, such as milk, butter, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have bright red blood in your poop (stool).

  • You cough or throw up (vomit) blood.

  • Your skin and eyes turn more yellow.

  • You have a bad headache or problems thinking.

  • You have trouble walking.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.