One might think that there is no obvious connection between hepatitis C and alcohol use, but when it is familiar that hepatitis C primarily attacks the liver, this connection becomes clearer to everyone. Hepatitis C is a severe viral infection that attacks the liver, causing it to fail or its condition to evolve into cancer. Alcohol use and abuse are one of the most common threats to a person’s health today, and it is a very addictive disease. Abusing alcohol causes your liver functions to deteriorate, thus disabling it from working properly. When a body is infected with hepatitis C at the same time, the process of liver failing to work is faster and more dangerous for the individual. Liver cannot defend itself from all the toxins that stay in it and in your whole body from alcohol abuse, and your immune system can’t defend your body from the viral infection that is hepatitis C. The statistics of the damage that this combination of alcohol abuse and hepatitis C infection can do to your body and your organs are horrifying, and most people will develop either a liver cirrhosis or even cancer.
Liver Cirrhosis And Liver Fibrosis
Alcohol abuse damages your liver, as we already know by now. When your liver is damaged to this extent, fibrosis appears in the form of scars on liver tissue. The damage is more severe in people who are also infected with hepatitis C, and liver cirrhosis usually develops much faster in these conditions. Alcohol makes the scars on liver tissue more severe and more dangerous, as it damages your immune system, and in that way, it helps hepatitis C to damage your liver even more than usual. There are around thirty percent chances that you will develop liver cirrhosis, especially if you are a heavy drinker, while light drinkers will have fewer chances to do so, but the scars on the liver tissue can stay in their body for ages. As far as the amount of viruses is concerned, it becomes much higher with the alcohol abuse, because alcohol abuse makes your immune system much weaker and therefore unable to fight the infection properly.
Effects Of Alcohol On Treatment
If you are still drinking heavily during your hepatitis treatment, this will decrease your chances of getting better, as alcohol interferes with the treatment value and effectiveness. People who stop drinking some time before their treatment are increasing their own chances of getting better and of the treatment to have more effect on the body and organs.
How To Stop Drinking?
It is advisable that you stop drinking prior to the beginning of your hepatitis treatment. Even though it is hard, especially if you have been drinking for a long time, there are some things that could help you in this task. You should consider taking alcohol off the shelves in your home so that you don’t get tempted, and try to take some time off drinking, as it will benefit you in general.