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Alcoholic Liver Disease

What is Alcoholic Liver Disease?

Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is injury or damage to the liver caused by chronic alcohol consumption. One of the most common causes of liver disease in the United States, ALD can manifest itself as three separate conditions and any or all of these three conditions can occur at the same time, in the same patient. Alcoholic liver disease is the fourth most common cause of death among middle-aged Americans.

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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