There are many negative effects of drinking, especially heavy drinking over a long period of time, but some people can be impacted much sooner, too.
Drinking can cause harm and damage to your body and physical health, and your mental health. It can make it harder to maintain relationships, harder to get ahead at work, and plenty of other negative things.
One of the really bad things that can happen to people with drinking problems is damage to the liver.
Drinking alcohol is really hard on your liver, but if you’re thinking of cutting back on drinking or stopping altogether, your liver can heal itself, at least to a certain degree, depending on how damaged it is, but it’s always worth it because a healthy liver is vital for your overall health and well being, and when you’re drinking less or not drinking at all, your liver has a change to heal itself.
Read about the early signs of liver damage in alcoholics.
How Long Does it Take for Your Liver to Repair Itself?
Your liver takes 1 month to 1 year to repair itself, depending on how bad the damage is.
Minor damage to the liver from drinking can start to repair itself in as little as a month’s time if you’ve stopped drinking and putting extra burden on your lungs.
More severe damage from drinking can take 3 months to a year to repair itself, but it’s possible for your lungs to get back to their
It Depends How Much You’ve Been Drinking
Not only does the amount of time you’ve been drinking impact how long it will take your lungs to heal, but the amount you drink plays a big role, too.
If your liver has been working in overdrive for years, that isn’t going to just reverse itself quickly.
The good news is that the sooner you stop drinking, the sooner your liver can start repairing itself so don’t be discouraged.
Read more: Dealing with alcoholism with a loved one.
It Also Depends What’s Wrong With Your Liver
Also, how much or whether or not your liver can heal itself also depends on exactly what’s wrong with it.
For example, fatty liver disease can start to reverse itself after a few weeks, but there are other liver conditions related to drinking that might not heal as much, or as quickly.
It’s important to talk to a doctor if you suspect that you’re having liver problems or other health issues, or even if you feel okay – since things like fatty liver don’t always display symptoms.
A doctor can check you out and determine what’s wrong with your liver, if anything. They can also ensure that it’s safe for you to quit drinking, because in some cases, it can be dangerous to quit alcohol and detox without a plan in place to ensure that it’s safe, sometimes the body can react very strongly but this isn’t a reason to just keep drinking for the rest of your life.
Get the help you need to ensure that you’re doing things the safest way. You can’t go on drinking forever, especially if you’re having problems with your liver, but you can take the steps to stop and to get yourself on a new path. Your liver will thank you!