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Fatty liver disease: Stages of the disease from early signs to symptoms it has advanced

The American Liver Foundation names three types of alcoholic liver disease.

These are in order of most to least severe with several signs and symptoms indicating your stage. 

Alcoholic fatty liver disease

This disease happens when fat builds up in the liver, which causes swelling and impairs liver function.

Alcoholic fatty liver disease can occur even after a short period of heavy drinking.

Symptoms are not usually present in this stage, though the American Liver Foundation reports some may feel weak or fatigued or notice discomfort in the right upper abdomen.

With cessation of alcohol use, drinkers can usually reverse liver disease in this stage. If drinking continues, damage to the liver will not subside and will result in irreversible disease.

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