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When should I get medical attention for alcoholic hepatitis?

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Alcoholic hepatitis is a serious condition that can happen from drinking too much alcohol. It can permanently damage your liver.

Call 911 right away if you:

  • Start vomiting blood
  • Have black, tarry stools
  • Have a fever and can’t stop shaking
  • Suddenly become confused

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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