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are people who drink alcohol eligible for a liver transplant?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
19 years experience Transplant Surgery
Not current drinkers: Most centers require a certain amount of time of abstenence from alcohol before liver transplant. 6 months to a year is common.
Answered on Jun 12, 2014
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Dr. Stuart Flechner
45 years experience Urology
Depends on status: Recovered alcoholics can be transplanted successfully. Those who continue abusing alcohol are not usually accepted as candidates. This diagnoses of course requires careful evaluation and intervention by specialists in this area.
Answered on Jun 17, 2012
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
26 years experience General Surgery
Liver transplant: Exclusively if you can stop, demonstrate sobriety with complete abstinence for six months and complete intensive outpatient therapy. Ultimately, all transplant programs have a listing committee that oversees this process.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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