Worried about Alcohol Related Liver Damage?
Drinking more than usual during COVID-19 Lockdown? Concerned about the effect of Alcohol on your Liver?
Look no further! Steps Together Rehab & RHH Medical launch a new innovative Liver Scanning Service to help you understand the health of your Liver and help you repair the damage.
LIVERCARE is an innovative new Private Liver Scanning Service, delivered discreetly by experts who specialise in alcohol-related disorders and conditions. Steps Together and RHH Medical have teamed up to provide you with a rapid, painless and completely non-invasive examination of your liver. Approved by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) this is the perfect testing service for anyone concerned about the impact alcohol may be having on their Liver.
What is Alcohol Related Liver Disease (ARLD)?
Alcohol-related liver disease is liver damage that is caused by drinking too much alcohol. There are several stages of alcohol-related liver disease ranging from mild to severe, and it usually develops over many years.
Symptoms such as weight loss, yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) and swelling of the tummy (ascites) are often only seen when the disease is quite advanced, as the liver is very good at repairing itself if the patient is able to change their alcohol consumption and their lifestyle.
Routine NHS blood tests and ultrasound scans do not detect early Liver damage. You Liver Function Test (LFT’s) at your GP may suggest you are drinking more than is good for you, but it won’t tell you if your Liver is struggling or if it is displaying signs of early long term liver disease.
Who is at risk of developing ARLD?
Drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week – the equivalent of 5 pints of beer, or 4 large glasses of wine – places you at significant early risk of ARLD and other associated health conditions.
It is a common myth that you have to be an alcoholic to develop liver disease. Across the UK, an estimated 20.8% of the population drink at risky levels (typically 35 units for women, and up to 50 units for men). This equates to approximately 3.5 bottles of wine, or 20 pints of beer a week and places you at significant risk of liver disease due to alcohol use.
There have been many cases of people developing an addiction to alcohol or other substances over the lockdown period. As people were forced to stay home, often with not much to do, many turned to alcohol. This meant that alcohol consumption rose rapidly during lockdown and this will increase their chances of developing ARLD.
One of the many people that have struggled with alcohol addiction during lockdown was Chris, who recognised the need for change and came to us for support. To learn more about Chris’ story and how he went through the slippery slope of alcohol addiction during the lockdown, you can click here to read an article by the BBC. If you want to watch the full segment done by BBC News, you can watch it on iPlayer by clicking here.
UK Liver Disease Facts
- Most people who die of liver disease are of working age
- Liver disease in the UK has increased by 500% in the last 30 years
- People who drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week are at risk of early liver disease
- Routine NHS blood tests and ultrasound scans do not detect early liver damage
- The British Medical Journal has stated that during the COVID lockdown, alcohol consumption has increased.
With over 20 years experience in the treatment of alcohol misuse, Dr Robert Hampton (RHH Medical) and the Steps Together Rehab Team, treat hundreds of patients who are concerned about their alcohol use and the impact of alcohol consumption on their Liver, Lifestyle and wellbeing. Now, with the help of LIVERCARE, we can now help you to find the real impact alcohol has had on your body, and provide you with the very best care, advice and treatment to help your recovery.
Due to the worrying number of people suffering from liver disease as a result of excess alcohol, we feel it is very important to provide a service for people that can quickly and easily assess their situation, and guide people to make key changes that support better liver health and personal well-being.. Dr Robert Hampton (RHH Medical) stated that “It feels that the time is right to introduce a liver screening service for people affected. In the next few weeks, I will be piloting a community based Fibroscan service called LIVERCARE. Starting out as a personal and private service, I hope that RHH Medical, working closely with Steps Together Rehab, will help many people address their alcohol use and the impact this may be having on their Liver and their life”
With over 20 years experience in the treatment of alcohol misuse, Dr Robert Hampton (RHH Medical) and the Steps Together Rehab Team, treat hundreds of patients who are concerned about the impact of alcohol consumption on their Liver, Lifestyle and wellbeing. Now, with the help of LIVERCARE, we can now help you to find the real impact alcohol has had on your body.
Due to the worrying number of people suffering from liver disease and alcohol addiction, we feel it is very important to provide a service for people to quickly and easily assess their situation. Dr Robert Hampton (RHH Medical) stated that “It feels that the time is right to introduce a liver screening service for people affected. In the next few weeks, I will be piloting a community based Fibroscan service called LIVERCARE. Starting out as a personal and private service, I hope that RHH Medical, working closely with Steps Together Rehab, will help several people address this unmet personal and public health need.”
How The Test Will Work
The whole procedure takes no more than 30 minutes, with instant results that the Doctor will discuss with you during your appointment.
- Your doctor will spend time discussing your concerns and current situation
- You will then lie on your back, with your right arm raised behind your head. Your physician will apply a water-based gel to the skin and place the FibroScan Probe against your skin with slight pressure.
- FibroScan is quick and will take 10 consecutive measurements of your liver in the same location
- The result is delivered at the end of the examination, providing a set of results that your Doctor will interpret
- Your doctor will then discuss these results and the measures that need to be taken to improve your Liver Health.
- Your doctor may consider the need for a further follow-up scan in 3 months time to check on your progress
- In some cases, your LIVERCARE Doctor may suggest some prescribing treatment or referral to a specialist service. Some of these may be chargeable, and this will be discussed with you at that stage.
If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s drinking and the impact of alcohol on the Liver and would like to know more, or book your private and confidential Liver Scan Consultation, please contact us or call us on:
03330 150 631
Occupational Health post COVID-19 home working and Furlough is a significant concern for many business owners across the UK. During the COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown, Steps Together Rehab have received an unprecedented level of calls from concerned employers or their staff who during these difficult times have found their alcohol use and mental health and well-being have been impacted considerably.
Specialist GP in Occupational Health and Well-being, Dr Rob Hampton, recognises the impact that employers may face as employees and businesses start work. Why not contact us today to see how LIVERCARE can support your employee health and well-being. For Occupational Health, HR or Company enquiries, please email your enquiry to Steve Jones, Deputy CEO, Steps Together Rehab on: Steve@Stepstogether.rehab for an informal discussion and to see how we can help.