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Alcoholic liver disease is liver injury that is due to alcohol abuse. Approximately 75 percent of Americans drink alcohol, though most of them do not develop serious consequences. However, those who consume more than the daily “threshold” level of alcohol will have some evidence of liver injury.
Alcoholic Liver Disease: What You Need to Know
- Alcohol is responsible for approximately 100,000 deaths in the United States each year; 20 percent are due to cirrhosis, or liver disease.
- Genetics, gender, viral liver disease, nutrition and exposure to hepatotoxins (toxins that affect the liver) are also linked to liver disease.
- Your doctor will use various diagnostic procedures, including blood tests, CT scan and biopsy, to detect alcoholic liver disease.
- The most critical part of treatment for alcoholic liver disease is to stop drinking alcohol completely.
Read a more in-depth article about alcoholic liver disease, written by Johns Hopkins gastroenterologists, which details the anatomical description of the causes of alcoholic liver disease.
Read our FAQs about alcoholic liver disease.
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