Alcoholic hepatitis is a condition that develops over time. The longer you drink, the more likely you are to develop liver inflammation. This can have serious consequences.
The liver is the heaviest organ in the body. It is located in the abdomen next to the stomach. The liver has many functions that are necessary for life including processing nutrients from food, removing toxins from the body, and building proteins. The body cannot function without the work of the liver.
Alcoholic hepatitis, like other types of hepatitis, can damage the liver and keep it from functioning effectively. When the liver is swollen, scar tissue can replace healthy cells in the liver. This condition is known as cirrhosis. Scarred tissue does not function like healthy tissue, so the more scarring the liver has, the less it is able to function.