If you've been drinking alcohol for a while, you might be noticing some negative health effects like a lower immune system (feeling sick more often), or memory problems (trouble at school or work). Although most parts of the body are affected by alcohol consumption, the liver tends to suffer the most damage. As the body's primary filtration system converts toxins into waste, so it is a critical organ.
Stages of Liver Damage
Liver damage from alcohol use happens in stages. Some relatively mild damage may happen after a single binge-drinking episode. But this damage actually reverses itself if the heavy alcohol use stops.
However, if heavy drinking continues, liver damage can progress to several more advanced stages, including cirrhosis, which scares the liver. Once the liver damage progresses to the more advanced stages, a reversal becomes much more difficult, if not impossible. In the more advanced stages of liver damage, the only treatment is a liver transplant.