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What happens if a person starts drinking again after he has a liver transplant?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
Inviting problems: Your new liver will be damaged just like your first liver. Alcohol also interacts with a wide variety of other medications which can result in serious toxicity. If you are getting intoxicated, you are more likely to forget to take your immunosuppression medications, and more likely to miss your doctor's appointments, and more likely to engage in other high risk behaviors. Just don't drink!

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What happens if a person drinks after a liver transplant is approved?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Contreras
A Verified Doctoranswered
Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
May be off the list: This is a very serious situation and it can jeopardize your candidacy for receiving a transplant. Alcoholism is a serious disease just like heart disease or stroke. So, just as you would not transplant a patient actively having a heart attack, patients who are drinking can be removed from the transplant list. Be honest with yourself and with your physicians. Alcoholism can be treated.

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