Alcoholic Fatty Liver

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I previously posted this a while back:

Hi, I have posted before about my recent drinking binge which started in November 2017 with 10 pints of lager a night, due to my mother being diagnosed with cancer, she passed away in February and I have not been able to stop, for more than a day or two in 7 months now I am really concerned about the damage I have caused to my liver. I had a fibroscan done at the end of October 2017 which was 3.9 Kpa, I am frightened enough now that I've booked an appointment with my G.P for next week and also booked an appointment with a grief and addiction councillor, I also have tapered down this week from 10 pints a night to 6 pints. I am very concerned that I have caused cirrhosis or irreparable damage to my liver over this period, I also feel pain in my back. Could this binge have caused me cirrhosis? I am now so afraid and ready to stop but fear it's too late and am afraid of withdrawals. Could I have developed cirrhosis in this time any help would be appreciated. I have posted about this a few months ago but have stupidly continued.

So my question is:

I had been told I have alcoholic fatty liver this was before the Fibroscan last October 2017, (in May 2017).  My question is does, alcoholic fatty liver always progress to cirrhosis as I am a little confused by what I have read, that it is generally 10 % of alcoholics who get cirrhosis, but modt if not all alcoholics get fatty liver.  Which to me would suggest that fatty liver doesn't always progress to cirrhosis, maybe in only 10 % of alcoholics.  As far as my drinking is going I am seeing an addiction and grief councillor and finding new coping methods, but have recently had a few blips which has really upset me.  Thanks in advance for any information on this subject.

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    I would have no idea if it caused additional cirrhosis or damage. As a mental health counselor, making an appointment with an addiction and grief counselor is a great start. It sounds to me like you might need an inpatient residential treatment center. It is hard to stop and the fear of detoxing keeps you from stopping. These centers will provide you therapy for the drinking, detoxing safely, as well as grief therapy. Typically a therapist would also dig into your life because, we know there are usually bigger issues and the addiction is used as a coping skill. If you want to talk further or have some questions, please send me a message.
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    Hey Mark, I remember your last post in Feb. So sorry to hear about your Mum.

    Time to not beat around the bush....there’s a higher chance you’ll get cirrhosis with alcoholic fatty liver than just being alcoholic. Some people who have NON alcoholic fatty liver disease develop NASH (non alcoholic steatohepatitis) which begins to scar the liver, eventually ending up with cirrhosis. The drinking will probably get you some form of hepatitis at some point. When you’ve cut the drink, concentrate on the diet as well as crap food can cause fatty liver.

    You’re doing well though, getting help and counselling. Have you thought about AA at all? Sometimes good to go and just listen to others with the same problem, you don’t have to speak.

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    Thanks for the kind replies guys the counselling seems t be helping. I was just confused as after my ultrasound in May 2017, which showed fatty liver my G.P just said to cut down on the alcohol or you would have a 1 in 10 chance of developing cirrhosis and that everyone who drinks heavily will probably have a fatty liver, then in October 2017 I had a fibrosis which was 3.9 Kpa, I cut down on the alcohol and cha aged my diet. Just a bit confused. Thanks again for the kind replies and information, much appreciated.
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