Diseases Linked to Alcohol Abuse

By: Lydia and Erin

What is the function of the system/organ?

Filters the blood
detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs
makes more protein for blood clots and other functions

How does alcohol affect the system/organ?

when alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, liver receives most of it
tries & break alcohol down
tries to get rid of alcohol poison
normal blood flow is 1.5 liters per minute

Effects of alcohol on the liver

It's time for A change! Stop drinking!!!!!!!!

What are issues that alcohol can cause to the organ/system?

Steatosis, or fatty liver
Alcoholic hepatitis
Fibrosis- thickening and scarring of connecting tissue

Cirrhosis-a chronic disease of the liver marked by degeneration of cells, inflammation, and fibrous thickening of tissue. It is typically a result of alcoholism or hepatitis.

What is the process the system/organ goes through to eliminate alcohol or its affects?

Oxidation- depends on equality of oxygen available in the air and the nature of material it touches