Alcoholic Liver Disease

Treatment for Alcoholic Liver Disease

Once a diagnosis of alcoholic liver disease has been made, complete abstinence from alcohol of any kind is mandatory. Discontinuing the use of alcohol in the case of a diagnosis of fatty liver and alcoholic hepatitis will result in reversal of injury and inflammation to the liver. While alcoholic cirrhosis is not reversible, abstinence from alcohol generally will prevent the condition from progressing if serious complications such as jaundice and ascites haven’t developed.

A healthy diet which includes vitamins, especially B-complex and folic acid, can help reverse malnutrition. Participation in an alcohol recovery program may be necessary for alcohol-dependent individuals and finally in advanced cases of alcoholic cirrhosis, a liver transplant may be necessary. However, only those individuals abstaining from alcohol will be considered for a liver transplant procedure.

This information is for educational purposes only and should not be used in any other manner. This information is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.

American Liver Foundation “Alcoholic Liver Disease” http://www.liverfoundation.org/abouttheliver/info/alcohol/. Retrieved March 4, 2011

Mayo Clinic “Alcoholic Hepatitis”http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alcoholic-hepatitis/DS00785. Retrieved March 4, 2011

Medline Plus “Alcoholic Liver Disease” http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000281.htm. Retrieved March 4, 2011

Palmer, M.D., Melissa. Dr. Melissa Palmer’s Guide to Hepatitis & Liver Disease. New York: Avery Trade, 2004.

Worman, MD Howard J. The Liver Disorders and Hepatitis Sourcebook. McGraw-Hill, 2006

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