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Is alcohol largely to blame for liver cirrhosis?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Not the major cause

Worldwide, viral hepatitis, particularly hepatitis b is the leading cause of cirrhosis.
In the us, hepatitis c has now surpassed alcohol as the leading cause of cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease, as well as the need for liver transplantation. Alcohol is a major cause, however. Other causes are autoimmune hepatitis and primary biliary cirrhosis. Wilson's disease is a rare inherited cause.

In brief: Not the major cause

Worldwide, viral hepatitis, particularly hepatitis b is the leading cause of cirrhosis.
In the us, hepatitis c has now surpassed alcohol as the leading cause of cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease, as well as the need for liver transplantation. Alcohol is a major cause, however. Other causes are autoimmune hepatitis and primary biliary cirrhosis. Wilson's disease is a rare inherited cause.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Alcohol & cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. It can occur without any alcohol consumption at all.
Alcohol can exacerbate another condtion making it progress to cirrhosis more quickly. Most 'true' alcoholics' do not develop cirrhosis without some other condition present. Cirrhosis purely due to alcohol is relatively uncommon. Hepatitis from alcohol can mimic cirrhosis yet fully recover with abstinence.

In brief: Alcohol & cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. It can occur without any alcohol consumption at all.
Alcohol can exacerbate another condtion making it progress to cirrhosis more quickly. Most 'true' alcoholics' do not develop cirrhosis without some other condition present. Cirrhosis purely due to alcohol is relatively uncommon. Hepatitis from alcohol can mimic cirrhosis yet fully recover with abstinence.
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
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