You don't have to drink a lot of alcohol to see its negative effects on your health. Everybody's body responds to alcohol in a different way, so what one person may find excessive may have no impact at all on another. A large portion of it depends on the degree of liver overload and the level of pre-existing inflammation. Liver diseases like cirrhosis can arise as a result of excessive inflammation. Moderation and limiting the amount of alcohol one consumes are advised.