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Can I get a liver transplant if i'm an alcoholic?

18 doctors weighed in
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Many recovered or recovering alcoholics do every year. Discuss the best approach with your local hepatologist and transplant center.

In brief: Yes

Many recovered or recovering alcoholics do every year. Discuss the best approach with your local hepatologist and transplant center.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not if still drunk

Once diagnosed as an alcoholic, you will always be an alcoholic.
In order to qualify for a liver transplant most centers require that you have been dry for at least 6 months, are honest with yourself and others about the harmful role of alcohol in your life, and have developed a strong + available support structure for staying dry. You also need to keep medical appointments + take meds reliably.

In brief: Not if still drunk

Once diagnosed as an alcoholic, you will always be an alcoholic.
In order to qualify for a liver transplant most centers require that you have been dry for at least 6 months, are honest with yourself and others about the harmful role of alcohol in your life, and have developed a strong + available support structure for staying dry. You also need to keep medical appointments + take meds reliably.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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3 doctors agree

In brief: No

No.

In brief: No

No.
Dr. Evert Eriksson
Dr. Evert Eriksson
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Dr. Rodrigo Vianna
Surgery - Transplant
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

You have to stop drinking for at least 6 months to be placed on the list.

In brief: No

You have to stop drinking for at least 6 months to be placed on the list.
Dr. Rodrigo Vianna
Dr. Rodrigo Vianna
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2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
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Dr. Michael Kaufman
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No for drinkers

If you are still actively drinking you will not be a candidate for liver transplant.
Most centers require a minimum of 6 month sobriety and active participation in substance arise counseling.

In brief: No for drinkers

If you are still actively drinking you will not be a candidate for liver transplant.
Most centers require a minimum of 6 month sobriety and active participation in substance arise counseling.
Dr. Michael Kaufman
Dr. Michael Kaufman
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