Alcoholic Liver Disease Is On The Rise In Young Women At An Unprecedented Pace

Dr. Ricardo Alvarez | Last Updated : March 23, 2021

Jessica Duenas has lived a double life for a long time. She was the next one in her generation of immigrants to attend college. She was named Kentucky’s Teacher of the Year in 2019. Duenas drank nearly a litre of bourbon each night the same year.

Alcoholic Liver Disease Is On The Rise In Young Women At An Unprecedented Pace

She was infected with alcoholic hepatitis at 34; she also had a severe liver infection that experts advised might lead to permanent scarring and sometimes even failure if she didn’t quit drinking immediately.

Alcoholic Liver Disease Is On The Rise In Young Women At An Unprecedented Pace

According to Duenas, “My stomach was extremely sensitive because if I pushed on some areas of it, this would pain a lot” and adding that “I cannot hold any food down.” My eyes had started to turn yellow.”

The experts say, Drinking a glass or two of wine even every day is unlikely to cause this much damage to the liver in most cases. However, Mellinger and many physicians find patients who have raised their consumption to a bottle of wine, or 5-6 drinks, per day in the year before, which increases the risk of liver failure, severe enough to cause symptoms. And alcohol consumption, even though it isn’t done regularly, can be harmful.

The signs of alcoholic liver disorder may take decades to show. However, since female bodies absorb alcohol separately from men’s, it can pose a greater danger to them. Females have also been hit hard by many modern stresses of epidemics life, such as digital school and expanded domestic duties, even as commercials and popular culture have begun to legitimize the concept of alcohol to cope: Mommy Juice, Rosé All Day, and Wine Down Wednesdays. Eating conditions and ongoing trauma from physical or sexual assault often fuel the fire, which is fuelled by social exclusion.

Dr. Scott Winder, a clinical associate professor in the University of Michigan, treats cases of alcoholic liver disease says, “Either this is young life sex abuse then they’re in a new or continuing violent situation we have seen this connection very, very strongly,” and “It’s horrific only because of the sheer quantity of damage.”

Since alcohol liver disorder isn’t just an issue, it’s a physical representation of mental and psychological distress. According to Winder, effective care must resolve both, but it seldom does. This is what he refers to as a “tragic treatment void”.

When a patient with alcoholic liver disease is released from the hospital, they are always willing to pursue outpatient treatment, but it can take weeks or months to seek it.

This also leaves clinicians with severe liver disorder with no therapeutic care choices. Some people need a liver replacement to live, but they would not be eligible if they continue to consume alcohol. Instead, on April 11, she found out that her ex, who was still in rehab, had relapsed on heroin. She, with the officers, discovered him murdered in his flat 2 weeks ago. He died of an overdose shortly after his 42nd birthday, although he and Duenas already discussed the wedding.

“Next eight months were a blur,” she says, describing eight clinic stays, a car accident, and several recovery stints. Duenas considers herself to be socially active regularly. The previous year, on the other hand, seemed to fly by.

Dr. Ricardo Alvarez

Dr. Ricardo Alvarez was a former Medical professor and faculty at Harvard Medical school. After resigning, now he is practicing as a general physician who deals with the diagnosis and treatment of general health problems and disorders. He earned his MS and PhD from Columbia University. Ricardo Alvarez completed his undergraduate education from an accredited medical college under the University of London and completed his training from AMCAS and is a doctor with earned board certification.

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