“I can stop eating bread, I can stop eating sweets, but don’t take my wine away!” This seems to be the thing that many people who are being diagnosed with a fatty liver think. But should you actually stop drinking wine as well if you have NAFLD? We’re going to discuss this in today’s article, so read on if you’re interested!
You probably know already that alcohol is bad for your liver. You can hear this preached by anyone, anywhere at any moment of the day. Alcohol is bad for your health. But is that true? Or it’s just excess alcohol that harms your body and a glass of wine now and then won’t do any extra damage?
The sad truth is that it’s not a myth: alcohol is indeed bad for your body! Consuming red wine with moderation, however, has been proven to have beneficial effects on one’s health, especially the cardiovascular system. But this only goes for healthy individuals.
And we – those who have been diagnosed with a fatty liver – are not healthy individuals. On the contrary, we have one disease that affects the liver, which is the same organ that is hit the worst by alcohol consumption.
So how does alcohol – including wine – harm our liver?
There are two main things here: first, it brings extra stress to the liver, damaging its cells and leading to inflammation and scarring. It also damages the intestine, allowing bacteria from the gut to enter the liver and damage it even more.
For a healthy person, drinking a glass of wine every now and that definitely has more benefits than it does harm, so those people are allowed to drink without the need of excessive worry. But those with a fatty liver should stop drinking all types of alcohol. For good, without any exceptions!
Don’t panic, though! You can still get red wine’s beneficial effects by switching to alcohol free red wine. Check out my article on it here, where I also explain how alcohol free wine has been studied to have even better positive results on one’s health, without the negatives of alcohol!
But isn’t drinking wine a matter of deciding between the risks and benefits? In other words, isn’t the beneficial effect red wine has over the cardiovascular system better than the risk of it damaging your liver even more?
Unfortunately for those who love drinking a glass of wine, the answer is no. The question itself sounds pretty silly if you read it out loud and I am sure you are aware – just by reading it – that you’d do nothing but find excuses to allow yourself that glass of wine.
Don’t do it!
Some people – and studies – found that those who stopped drinking alcohol completely usually live less than those who consume alcohol – mainly red wine – in moderation.
However, a closer look at those studies – which is exactly what scientists did – found that the people who stop drinking alcohol do so forced by various health issues, liver-related ones included.
So even though they might live a bit less than 100% healthy individuals consuming alcohol with moderation, they actually get to live a lot more compared to those who would continue drinking, even with moderation.
Yes, I know that you do have to give up on a lot of things after you’re diagnosed with fatty liver and the idea of not being allowed to drink any alcohol for the rest of your life is scary… but isn’t it scarier to risk it all and have a lot less time to enjoy life?
Life is not about what we drink and what we eat! Life is about experiences and about being close to our loved ones for as long as possible. Make the right choices and enjoy the right things!