Liver damage due to alcohol consumption is the cause of alcohol hepatitis.
It usually occurs after several years of heavy drinking. The chances of liver disease increase with excessive consumption and duration of alcohol.
Alcohol reduces appetite and leads to the malabsorption of nutrients. Malnutrition also leads to liver disease.
The breaking down of alcohol in the liver produces toxic chemicals and those chemicals result in inflammation the of liver causing the healthy cells of the liver to be replaced by scars, resulting in cirrhosis.
Other types of hepatitis also increase the chance of alcohol damage. The major risk factor for alcoholic hepatitis is heavy drinking.
It is more common among in women than in men. Obesity, genetics, and binge drinking are other factors that increase the risk of hepatitis.
African-Americans and Hispanics also have a higher risk of developing liver disease with alcohol consumption.
4 Making a Diagnosis
History of alcohol consumption is very important in confirming the diagnosis of Alcoholic hepatitis.
Physical examination aids in diagnosing liver and spleen enlargement.
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