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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you drink beer if you have fatty liver?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alain Ades
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Fatty liver: It depends on how bad your liver is. An eval would be necessary and futher advice can be given. See a gastroenterologist.
Dr. Abdullah Mubarak
Hepatology 29 years experience
No: Fatty liver can be caused by alcohol consumption. Non- alcoholic fatty liver disease is a result of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and in some patients genetic propensity. The safety of alcohol consumption in those with nafld ( non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) will depend on the extent of existing liver damage. Liver damage can be determined by a liver biopsy.
Dr. Alain Ades
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Incorrect: The answer by dr. Mubarak is simply not correct. About 10-15% have fatty liver, and in the great majority a beer every once in a while is safe. Again, cases vary dramatically and you should see a liver specialist.

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Last updated Aug 18, 2017

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