If you have Hepatitis C you should avoid alcohol as both the virus and alcohol will damage the liver much sooner. If you Alcoholic Hepatitis you MUST stop drinking or you face a high risk of death.
What Alcohol Does
Alcohol interferes directly with the liver’s natural function to eliminate waste in the body. Those who drink alcohol regularly are at a high risk of acquiring a host of liver diseases including Hepatitis C. Liver scarring is almost a certainty, but with casual drinkers this is heavily reduced. With frequent drinkers or alcoholics, the liver scarring often becomes very extreme and can lead to very serious repercussions.
What Are The Effects Of Alcohol On The Body?
Besides, liver damage there are other effects on the body from alcohol. Alcohol can interfere with antibiotics and other medications can raise your blood pressure, cause interactions with over the counter medications that could be deadly, alcohol poisoning, and affect your heart. If you drink heavily during pregnancy it will lead to fetal alcohol syndrome.
What Is Fibrosis?
Fibrosis is the medical term for scarring in the tissue of the liver. This scarring heavily interferes with the liver’s natural processes. This can lead to much more advanced scarring or cirrhosis. This is all caused by heavy alcohol drinking.
The Connection Of Cirrhosis And Alcohol.
Alcohol speeds up cirrhosis. Anyone with Hepatitis C or fibrosis dramatically increases the chances of getting cirrhosis if they drink heavily. Casual drinkers or those who do not drink at all have much lower chances of getting this. Alcohol also heavily weakens the immune system. This makes an alcoholic vulnerable to many more illnesses as well.
Continuing To Consume Alcohol
If you already have one or more liver illnesses such as HepC, fibrosis, or cirrhosis continuing to drink will speed up the progression and lead to death. You can help prolong your life and ease the discomfort of your liver illness if you quit consuming alcohol.
Alcoholism is not totally hopeless. There are a plenty of rehabilitations centers that are well equipped to help you with your addiction. You can also get support at AA. You will find people there who know what you are going through as they have been going through it themselves. They will also give you support in a variety of ways. They can also provide you tools to deal with situations of social functions in which there may be alcohol present.
It is also best to not keep any alcohol in the house. This will make it more difficult to get to alcohol during withdrawals or times of high stress in which you previously relied on alcohol to help you through. It is also wise to not attend social functions that you know will have alcohol at too soon after you’ve quit drinking. No temptations will lead to being sober much longer. No matter how long you stay sober, you will always be an alcoholic and can never drink even one sip again.