Liver disease: ‘early’ symptom includes insomnia – ‘Contact your GP’

Alcohol-Related Liver Disease, or ARLD for short, is triggered by excessive alcohol consumption, as the name suggests. There are three main stages of this condition, with an early symptom appearing when you sleep.

The NHS shares that trouble sleeping happens once you start feeling a buildup of toxins in your brain.

Although insomnia is considered an early symptom, the health department notes that it could also indicate an “advanced” form of liver damage.

“As the liver becomes more severely damaged, more obvious and severe symptoms may develop,” he says.

The health body urges you to ‘see your GP as soon as possible’ if you experience this sleep problem.


Worse, alcohol-related liver disease doesn’t always have to cause symptoms.

“If you abuse alcohol you can have liver damage, even if you don’t have any of the symptoms above,” warns the NHS.

That’s why the Health Service recommends telling your doctor if you regularly drink alcohol to excess.

What causes alcohol-related liver damage?

The liver is considered one of the most complex organs in your body. Capable of filtering toxins, regulating cholesterol and helping to fight infections, the organ has various functions.

Although it is really good for regeneration, being able to grow new cells after some of your cells die every time you drink alcohol, but regularly drinking to excess can trigger permanent problems.

“Prolonged alcohol abuse (drinking too much) over many years can reduce one’s ability to regenerate,” says the NHS.

Worse still, ARLD has become quite common in the UK, with the number of patients increasing over the past decade.

Although the most effective way to prevent ARLD is to stop drinking, the NHS advises to stay at least below recommended levels.

In case you didn’t know, men and women shouldn’t regularly drink more than 14 units per week.

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