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Alcoholic Liver Disease

Who is at Risk for Alcoholic Liver Disease?

Although it has been estimated that as many as 10 percent of Americans abuse alcohol, most people who drink excessively do not develop liver disease. The reason some people can drink excessive amounts of alcohol and not develop liver disease while other individuals who have only a few drinks per day will develop liver disease, is not known. It is impossible to predict who will develop alcoholic liver disease, but it is known that people who drink large quantities of alcohol over a long period of time are generally at greatest risk of developing ALD.

Other factors that contribute to the development of alcoholic liver disease:

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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