Can you develop liver disease if you don't drink alcohol?

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Rebecca Swainston, NP
Nursing Specialist

You can develop liver disease even if you don't drink alcohol, says Rebecca Swainston, NP, from West Valley Medical Group – Middleton. Watch the video to learn about other causes of liver disease, besides alcohol.

Although drinking alcohol excessively can cause liver disease and damage, you can develop liver disease even if you don't drink alcohol. Two common types of liver disease in addition to alcoholic and viral liver diseases include nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and a special type of NAFLD called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH. NAFLD is a condition in which the liver contains excessive amounts of fat. People who have NASH have excessive amounts of fat in their livers and also have inflammation and scarring of liver tissue. Risk factors for both of these conditions include:

  • Obesity
  • High blood cholesterol levels
  • High triglyceride (blood fat) levels
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome

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