Liver Foundation of WA | Prevention & Care
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Prevention & Care

According to the Alcohol Guidelines of Australia “there is no amount of alcohol that can be said to be safe for everyone. People choosing to drink must realise that there will always be some risk to their health and social well-being”. So drink alcohol only in moderation. Women are more susceptible to liver damage even with moderate drinking.

1. Drink alcohol in moderation but eliminate alcohol altogether if you have liver disease.

2. Get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine yet for Hepatitis C.https://drinkwise.org.au/drinking-and-you/tips-to-help-you-drink-properly/#

3. Practice safe sex. Unprotected sex with multiple partners can lead to a Hepatitis B or C infection.

4. Avoid recreational drug use. Intravenous drug use is a common mode of transmission for Hepatitis B and C. Smoking Marijuana can also lead to liver damage.

5. Avoid sharing personal use items like razors and toothbrushes.

6. If you must have a tattoo or a piercing, make absolutely sure the parlour uses sterilized instruments and adheres to the general rules of hygiene.

7. Maintain normal body weight. Obesity can lead to fatty liver disease which may in turn lead to cirrhosis, liver failure or even liver cancer.

8. Smoking is bad for health in general and studies have shown that smoking has been linked to liver cancer. Smoking can also enhance the toxic effect of certain medications on the liver.

9. If you have had a blood transfusion, organ transplant or taken intravenous drugs prior to 1992, get yourself tested for Hepatitis C. It has a long incubation period and often shows no symptoms until it is too late. Hepatitis C can be treatable if caught sufficiently early.

10. A good diet goes a long way towards keeping your liver working at optimal condition. Try and eat more foods that contain antioxidants. Antioxidants)are substances which protect cells from the damaging effect of free radicals. Fresh fruits and vegetables including things like avocadoes, carrots, broccoli, beans, asparagus, mushrooms, onions and garlic contain the much needed antioxidants beta-carotene, carotenoids, lycopenes and flavonoids that help to cleanse and heal the liver.