Alcohol-related liver diseaseDiagnosis

Alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) is often first suspected when tests for other medical conditions show a damaged liver.


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