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What is alcoholic hepatitis?

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Alcoholic hepatitis is a serious condition that affects people who drink, or used to drink, heavily. It can cause short- or long-term liver damage. The liver can become inflamed, scarred, and fatty. Over time, it stops working right.

If you have it, you might wake up and notice that your skin or the whites of your eyes look yellow -- a condition called jaundice. You might also have a fever, stomachache, or liquid buildup in your belly, and you may lose weight.

From: Alcoholic Hepatitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lucey, M. , 2009.   The New England Journal of Medicine

American Liver Foundation: “Alcohol-Related Liver Disease.”

National Institutes of Health: “Hepatitis.”

AASLD Practice Guidelines: “Alcoholic Liver Disease.”

CDC: “Alcohol and Public Health: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Babineaux, M. , published online May 2011. World Journal of Hepatology

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

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Drinking Levels Defined."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Lucey, M. , 2009.   The New England Journal of Medicine

American Liver Foundation: “Alcohol-Related Liver Disease.”

National Institutes of Health: “Hepatitis.”

AASLD Practice Guidelines: “Alcoholic Liver Disease.”

CDC: “Alcohol and Public Health: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Babineaux, M. , published online May 2011. World Journal of Hepatology

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

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Drinking Levels Defined."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 15, 2017

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