Alcohol has significant short-term and long-term effects on the body’s organs, including the liver. The liver plays an important role, and its main role is to help break down substances and remove toxins from the body. Excessive and long-term consumption of alcohol suppresses the liver, inhibits the ability to filter alcohol, and makes it impossible for liver cells to regenerate. Alcohol is one of the most common causes of liver disease.
The liver can normally regenerate lost cells, but the scarring caused by alcohol-induced liver disease prevents the liver from regenerating itself. Heavy alcohol consumption for a few days can cause fat to accumulate in the liver and damage the cells. If a person has fatty liver disease and continues to drink alcohol, the disease will progress and cause further damage due to permanent scarring.