FATTY LIVER DISEASE
Having small amounts of fat in your liver is normal, but too much can become a health problem. Too much fat in your liver can cause liver inflammation, which can damage your liver and create scarring. In severe cases, this scarring can lead to liver failure.
About one in 10 Australians are affected by this condition – it's the most common reason for abnormal liver test results. Fatty liver disease is often caused by an excessive alcohol intake, but it is increasingly being found in people who do not drink to excess, but who are overweight or obese, or have diabetes.
When fatty liver develops in someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, it’s known as alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD). In someone who doesn’t drink a lot of alcohol, it’s known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).