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Who is at risk of alcoholic hepatitis?

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Alcoholic hepatitis is a serious condition that can happen from drinking too much alcohol. It can damage your liver and make it stop working right.

You’re more likely to get it if you drink heavily. Heavy alcohol use is binge drinking at least 5 or more times in the past month. That means 5 or more standard drinks within a few hours for men and 4 for women. A standard drink is about one 12-ounce beer, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or one 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof liquor.

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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