A 35-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

will someone with alcohol dependency be refused a liver transplant?

3 doctor answers
Dr. Stuart Flechner
45 years experience Urology
If untreated: Those with alcoholic liver failure (cirrhosis), usually have to demonstrate the condition is resolved over time. Discuss the particular requirements with your liver transplant team.
Answered on Nov 20, 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 17, 2014
2
2 thanks
Dr. Velma Scantlebury
39 years experience Transplant Surgery
Sobriety required: I agree with previous answers. If still dependant, will not be considered until alcohol free for at least 6 months minimum. Each center has their own criteria for consideration for listing for transplantation.
Answered on Dec 10, 2016
2
2 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Flechner
45 years experience Urology
Yes: Alcoholism can lead to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and loss of liver function. Most liver transplant programs have strict rules about transplan ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Bausek
41 years experience Psychiatry
Needing a 4th: I would say the adverse effect of drinking alcohol after three liver transplants is liver failure and needing a fourth!
1
1 comment
2
2 thanks
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Narins
22 years experience Transplant Surgery
Abstinence: Liver transplants do not confer immunity to alcohol or its effects, and the consumption of alcohol in any quantity will damage the transplant. Commonl ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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.
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month