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Love Your Liver is The British Liver Trust’s national awareness campaign devoted to liver health awareness and giving people the key steps needed to keep their liver healthy.
“One in three of us are at risk of getting liver disease. It is a silent killer and people often don’t realise they have a problem until it is too late.’
Pamela Healy, CEO, British Liver Trust
Cut down on alcohol
The liver is your largest internal organ. As well as hundreds of other jobs, it processes the alcohol you drink. If you drink over the recommended daily guidelines (see below), your liver will not be able to process the alcohol you consume quickly enough, which damages the cells in your liver.
Love Your Liver by:
- drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol per week
- taking 3 days off alcohol every week to give your liver a chance to repair itself
- avoiding alcohol if you are pregnant or trying to conceive
Keep to a healthy weight
A healthy liver should contain little or no fat. But in some people fat builds up in the liver. This leads to a condition called non-alcohol related fatty liver disease (NAFLD). If fatty deposits build up over a long time they can damage the liver and stop it working properly.
Reduce the risk of NAFLD by:
Making long term changes that you can keep up is generally better for your health than losing weight quickly. Download our Eating Well factsheet for more information and tips on eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Protect yourself from viral hepatitis
Blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis B and C can cause permanent liver damage and increase the risk of liver cancer. Hepatitis A and E are spread by poo that carries the infection (usually through contaminated food or water).
Avoid these viruses by:
- getting vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B when travellling abroad (there is no vaccine for hepatitis C or E)
- never sharing personal items like toothbrushes, razors, nail scissors or tweezers
- practising safer sex
- using only licensed tattoo and piercing parlours and making sure all equipment used has been sterilised
- always using clean needles, syringes and other equipment if using drugs
For more information visit https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/information-and-support/liver-health-2/love-your-liver/