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How does alcohol use cause cirrhosis?

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Cirrhosis is when scar tissue replaces normal, healthy tissue in your liver. Drinking too much alcohol for years on end raises your chances of cirrhosis. It leads to fat and inflammation in the liver. The amount of alcohol it takes to hurt the liver is different for everyone, but in general, women shouldn’t have more than one drink a day. Men shouldn’t have more than two.

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: “Cirrhosis.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Cirrhosis.”

CDC: “What is Viral Hepatitis?”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Hepatitis D.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 20, 2019

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: “Cirrhosis.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Cirrhosis.”

CDC: “What is Viral Hepatitis?”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Hepatitis D.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 20, 2019

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