How long does it or may it take someone to develop liver cirrhosis from drinking alcohol?

Variable. A lot of factors are involved including the amount, the frequency, the type of alcohol, genetics, underlying liver problems. Most experts say it might be about 10 years with regular heavy drinking.

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Husband had acute liver failure, septic a year ago has cirrhosis. And still drinking alcohol. Whats the risk of acute failure again? How soon?

It's likely. In the setting of known cirrhosis, and a history of acute liver failure in the past, it is only a matter of time before it occurs again. If your husband does not seek out help to get off of alcohol, further liver problems are almost inevitable. It is impossible to predict how soon. Good luck in getting him help. Read more...
Very serious! Cirrhosis is a very serious condition, whether acute or chronic. The danger of chronic cirrhosis is the liver will become "fatty" and will not function properly. The liver filters the blood of toxins and medications, as well as break down fats and proteins, and is also responsible for blood clotting. When someone with acute cirrhosis continues to drink alcohol, the liver will be destroyed. Read more...

My father has liver cirrhosis, 2 tumours on his liver, hepatitis c-chronic, and beginning liver failure. How long does he have if he keeps drinking?

Cannot say but. His continuation of his drinking will continue to shorten the time he has remaining....especially 'quality' time. Read more...
Liver troubles. It sounds like your dad really needs some help there. If he has two tumors already, I hope the doctors following him have a plan. Obviously whatever your dad can do to help himself-- stop drinking-- would be opportune, although if he hasn't "seen the light" after these diagnoses, he may not be listening to anyone. Maybe it is time to have a talk about the "Big Picture"-hope his doc can b realistic. Read more...

How can alcohol-induced liver cirrhosis form?

See below. Alcohol is toxic to the liver fat accumulates in the liver when drinking occurs this progresses to alcoholic helpatis and then to cirrhosis cirrhosis leads to nodules shich have no resemblacne to normal lobules of the liver-and it is all because the liver detoxifies alcohol and this alcohol is itsef toxic to the llvier cells. Read more...

Is alcohol largely to blame for liver cirrhosis?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

What if the patient has liver cirrhosis (alcohol) and his kidneys have failed/are failing. Can Dialysis help. He is unconcious:- (?

Poor prognosis . Renal failure in a patient with end-staged liver disease portends a very poor prognosis. Hepatorenal syndrome is complex and poorly understood but mortality is very high within weeks of development. While dialysis can prolong life, unless he is a liver transplant candidate, his quality and length of life will be severely curtailed. . Read more...

My father died of liver cirrhosis due to alcoholism. Someone suggested it can be genetic. I drink occasionally, am I more exposed to it than my peers?

Stop worrying. There may be a genetic component since a majority of problem drinkers never get cirrhosis. No risk gene has been identified. If you drink reasonably, you will not get cirrhosis from it, period. I'm sorry about your dad. If you feel yourself losing control with respect to alcohol, then stop for good. You won't be missing much. Otherwise, it's your decision. Read more...