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Can you drink alcohol if you're going to get a liver transplant or if you're going to donate part of your liver?

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Skip alcohol. If you need a new liver, don't drink or take recreational drugs. Even a little alcohol can make liver diseases worse. If you're donating part of your liver, you also shouldn't drink alcohol from the time your surgery is set. Tell your doctor if you've abused alcohol in the past. You may need a biopsy to make sure your liver is healthy enough to donate. After your surgery, your doctor will tell you when it's safe for you to drink again.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Columbia University Department of Surgery, Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation: "Living-Donor Liver Transplantation FAQs."

Mayo Clinic: "Liver Transplant: What You Can Expect."

University of Utah Healthcare: "Checklist for Surgery."

University of California, San Francisco: "Liver Donors FAQ: The Donation Surgery."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Liver Transplant: Nutrition."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Live Liver Donation Frequently Asked Questions," "Liver Transplant Alcohol Policy."

University of Minnesota Health: "Living Donor Liver Transplant."

American Transplant Foundation: "What to Consider Before Donating."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Columbia University Department of Surgery, Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation: "Living-Donor Liver Transplantation FAQs."

Mayo Clinic: "Liver Transplant: What You Can Expect."

University of Utah Healthcare: "Checklist for Surgery."

University of California, San Francisco: "Liver Donors FAQ: The Donation Surgery."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Liver Transplant: Nutrition."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Live Liver Donation Frequently Asked Questions," "Liver Transplant Alcohol Policy."

University of Minnesota Health: "Living Donor Liver Transplant."

American Transplant Foundation: "What to Consider Before Donating."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 17, 2018

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