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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can alcohol consumption lead to hepatitis?

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    I understand that hepatitis is a disease of the liver… I drink alcohol on a fairly regular basis… am I at risk for hepatitis?
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  • We are the peak community-based hepatitis organisation in the Australian state of New South Wales. We take a partnership approach with people primarily affected by … View Profile

    Yes, excess alcohol consumption can lead to hepatitis (inflammation of the liver). It can also lead to several other types of illness and disease. The National Health and Medical Research Council has put in place guidelines to help reduce the burdon of alcohol related illness. A google search for “australian alcohol guidelines” will find the guidelines - which provide a definition of “excess” use. People with another liver disease (for example, viral hepatitis) should take extra care with alcohol use. The damage caused by alcohol added to the damage caused by viral hepatitis can have worrying implications for long-term liver health.

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