A severe consequence of heavy alcohol consumption is alcoholic hepatitis. This condition involves inflammation of the liver, resulting in symptoms such as jaundice, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever. This inflammation can cause liver cells to become damaged or destroyed, impairing liver function. Over time, repeated inflammation can lead to liver scarring, or fibrosis, which can advance to cirrhosis. Alcoholic hepatitis is a medical emergency requiring immediate intervention.