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Mr. Wilko continues to increase his alcohol intake due to the stressors in his life. Between the financial strain of raising his children and the arguments with his wife, alcohol is the only constant in
Alcohol Abuse 3his life that he has any control over. Once Mr. Wilko loses his job, he may feel as though his life is out of control, alcohol is what he turns to so he can feel like he can gain some control back. Mr. Wilko can control how little or how much alcohol he consumes. According to a study done by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, there is evidence small amounts of alcohol can reduce the amount of stress someone is experiencing but a lot of alcohol can make a person more stressed (McCoy, 2011). Unfortunately, this means the more Mr. Wilko drinks, the more his mind feels he is stressed out. What changes in liver function can Mr. Wilko expect if he continues to drink large amounts of alcohol?The liver is the largest organ in the entire body. The liver has many different roles but the most important role of the liver is to break down food and convert it into energy. When the liver becomes damaged, most people do not know about it until the situation becomes serious. Drinking too much alcohol can seriously damage the liver, ultimately leading to liver disease. The course that Mr. Wilko is on will give him acute liver disease, because he has developed his problem over a few months. If Mr. Wilko continues his problem over a span of a few years, he will have chronic liver disease (drinkaware,2014). If Mr. Wilko keeps drinking he will develop a “fatty liver” and the alcohol will affect the way the liver functions. Instead of turning glucose into fat and spreading it around the body, the liver will store it. Symptoms he may be experiencing are weight loss, fatigue and feeling weak(drinkaware, 2014). Mr. Wilko could also develop alcoholic hepatitis. Alcoholic hepatitis is when the liver swells and is damaged. Alcoholic hepatitis can be severe or mild, if it is mild the liver damage may be fixed but if it is severe, it could cause death, Some of the symptoms with Mr. Wilko may experience if he hasalcoholic hepatitis may be nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fever and jaundice (ALF, 2011).
Alcohol Abuse 4One other thing that Mr. Wilko could experience is liver scarring also known as alcoholic cirrhosis. Alcoholic cirrhosis is the most serious alcohol-related type of liver disease. The damage from