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Does drinking alcohol always lead to cirrhosis?

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Heavy drinking usually causes some liver damage, but it doesn't always lead to cirrhosis. Some people get alcoholic hepatitis, liver inflammation that can last a week or two. Symptoms include nausea, fever, loss of appetite, jaundice, and confusion. Over time, this condition can lead to cirrhosis. Even light drinkers who go on a bender for several days can get fatty liver, when liver cells get swollen with fat and water.

SOURCES: 

American Liver Foundation. 

Life Extension Foundation. 

CDC. 

National Center for Health Statistics.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 15, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Liver Foundation. 

Life Extension Foundation. 

CDC. 

National Center for Health Statistics.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 15, 2019

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