Alcohol-related liver diseaseOverview

Alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) refers to liver damage caused by excess alcohol intake. There are several stages of severity and a range of associated symptoms.


Alcohol-related liver disease is where your liver is damaged by drinking too much alcohol.


There are no symptoms of alcohol-related liver disease at first. Symptoms like weight loss and swollen ankles may appear later on.


Stopping drinking can help improve alcohol-related liver disease. A liver transplant may be needed if the damage to the liver is severe.


The best way to prevent alcohol-related liver disease is to stop drinking alcohol or stick to the alcohol limits recommended by the NHS.

Page last reviewed: 10/08/2018
Next review due: 10/08/2021