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How Alcohol Affects Your Liver and your Body

Tarek Hassanein MD's picture
Doctor checking patient's liver

Nowadays there’s a program or an app for just about all the different health aspects of our lives. However, with a culture where social drinking is the norm, it’s crucial to be aware of how alcohol affects our bodies, particularly the all-important liver. However our busy lifestyles often force us to put our health on the backburner, but a hectic work life can also drive people to drink to relieve stress. How do we juggle these two competing issues?


Since people are busier than ever, they’re looking for simple tech and programs that can help them manage their overall quality of life. That’s why personalization is the key to helping patients maintain healthy habits. Which is where the HALO (Health and Liver Optimization) Program comes in to finally personalize liver healthcare.

HALO is a comprehensive health management program that aims to help patients who are managing any current effects of liver disease, recovering from liver surgery, as well as minimizing their mortality rate all while offering patients a better overall quality of life. The program provides clear, concrete steps to manage your lifestyle, effectively optimizing your well-being and preventing illnesses like fatty liver, Hep-C or even liver cancer. It’s based on several different factors including current health status and challenges, etiology and severity of liver status, presence of co-morbidities, and other diseases, personal habits, individual genetics, targeted quality of life, and more.

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Customized for each patient, the three-stage process is designed to fit one’s liver status and behavior so even when you choose to drink, steps can be taken to be as healthy as possible. Patients then get personalized treatment plans that address goals for their therapy and management plan and prioritizes the sequence of interventions to reach their calculated targets.

Stage one of the program is completed by the physician and the findings are entered into the electronic medical record (EMR). Then stage 2 is completed by a primrose proprietary computer-based program to generate a tailored instruction which includes not only the patient’s daily nutrition program, but also what to order–all based on the etiology of liver disease and severity of liver fibrosis and presence of co-morbidities. The final stage is then completed by the physician who implements the program to achieve the patient’s main goals.

We know Americans, like everyone else, want to feel better without having to sacrifice all of their social life activities. Yet while most know their liver is affected from drinking, it is alarming how little people actually know about how to live a healthy liver lifestyle while still enjoying themselves now and then. That’s why programs like HALO are changing the game for Americans across the board to live the life they want without having to sacrifice either their health or their fun. Thanks to programs like these now they are able to maintain both.

Tarek Hassanein, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD, is a board-certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Transplant Hepatology. Dr. Hassanein specializes in treating viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease and cirrhosis, and in caring for patients before and after liver transplantation. Dr. Hassanein is a Professor of Medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine. His practice is located all throughout Southern California. He can be reached at Livercenters.com, Twitter and Facebook.