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Is alcohol largely to blame for liver cirrhosis?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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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.
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