How exactly does alcohol cause liver problems?

Alcohol is basically poison that people ingest willingly for pleasure, but just how much alcohol does it take to poison your liver? First we need to understand what alcohol does to the liver once ingested.

Beta-blockers in cirrhosis: friend or foe?

Part one of this topic can be found here. Nonselective beta-blockers (NSBBs) are often indicated for prevention of variceal bleeding in cirrhotic patients. However, there has been a large amount of data in the past several years that have raised serious concerns over the safety and utility of beta-blockers in patients with more advanced cirrhosis.  … Read more

Cirrhosis, varices, and beta-blockers: the basics.

Cirrhosis is the final common stage of most types of chronic liver disease, and appears as “scarring” of the liver tissue under the microscope. The liver becomes firm, and instead of blood flowing easily through the organ on the way back to the heart there is a high level of resistance to blood flow through  … Read more