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How can alcohol affect my hepatitis C?

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Alcohol can damage your liver. That's why it's especially risky for people with a liver infection like hepatitis C. However, doctors don't agree about whether you should stop drinking or just cut down. Some say that you should cut out all alcohol. Others feel it's fine to limit yourself to a glass of wine with dinner or a beer at the ballgame.

No one with hepatitis C should drink regularly, though. Ask your doctor whether you can drink alcohol and, if so, how much is safe.

From: Hepatitis C: Diet and Exercise WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Paul Berk, MD, professor of medicine and emeritus chief of the division of liver disease, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; former chairman of the board, American Liver Foundation. Alan Franciscus, executive director, Hepatitis C Support Project and editor-in-chief of HCV Advocate, San Francisco. Thelma King Thiel, chair and CEO, Hepatitis Foundation International. David Thomas, MD, professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore. Howard J. Worman, MD, associate professor of medicine and anatomy and cell biology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City. The American Gastroenterological Association. CDC. The Hepatitis Foundation International. The HCV Advocate. The National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases. WebMD Medical Reference: " "










Health Guide A-Z: Hepatitis C,"Newly Diagnosed: Hepatitis C."



 

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on April 15, 2019

SOURCES: Paul Berk, MD, professor of medicine and emeritus chief of the division of liver disease, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; former chairman of the board, American Liver Foundation. Alan Franciscus, executive director, Hepatitis C Support Project and editor-in-chief of HCV Advocate, San Francisco. Thelma King Thiel, chair and CEO, Hepatitis Foundation International. David Thomas, MD, professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore. Howard J. Worman, MD, associate professor of medicine and anatomy and cell biology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City. The American Gastroenterological Association. CDC. The Hepatitis Foundation International. The HCV Advocate. The National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases. WebMD Medical Reference: " "










Health Guide A-Z: Hepatitis C,"Newly Diagnosed: Hepatitis C."



 

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on April 15, 2019

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