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What Is Alcohol Induced Hepatitis?

By January 28, 2010 - 9:10am
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Someone close to me has to go for another round of blood tests, but his doctor said he might have alcohol induced hepatitis. What is this and if he has it, what are the treatments?

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you dont have to be a heavy drinker or drink often to have alcoholic hepatitis. i was diagnosed with it when i was 19 and i vary rarely ever drank. genetics can be the cause

September 3, 2011 - 9:08pm
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Did your friend have any symptoms? If so what were they. I have been having many symptoms from my liver. Pain upper right quadrant. Seems likeit comes from my back and radiates around the rib cage. I also on accasion get pain on the left in my back right were the rib and spine connect. if I stretch it goes away. I was fatigued for a time and I had nausea and vomiting. Please let me know what you think. I drank for 4 years pretty well everyday and ended the last year with alot of Extascy and cocaine ... only in the nostril. I am worried about Hep C?? But is it more likely it could be caused from the excessive drinking and drug use? the pain is constant, lack of appetite, pale stool?

September 24, 2010 - 8:02am
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and for finding EmpowHER.
Here is more information about alcoholic hepatitis, hope it helps!
Here are symptoms of liver problems:
If you are exhibiting a few of these symptoms persistently, make an appointment to get checked out by your health care professional.
Good luck.

September 24, 2010 - 12:33pm

I just wanted to share that my friend, who once thought he might have alcohol induced hepatitis, learned that his liver levels were off because he was exposed to hepatitis A. It turns out, his strong immune system naturally beat the disease and his levels are now back to normal.

February 17, 2010 - 2:08pm

I agree-- it very well could've been a false positive. I have had a false positive for hep in the past myself.

Best of luck to him and I hope that test comes back negative.

January 28, 2010 - 2:14pm


My mistake-- kidney was a typo, since I had just answered a question that pertained to the kidneys I must have still had it on the brain.

If he is only 21 and an occasional drinker, this may or may not not be what he has. However, Alcoholic Hepatitis can be triggered by any other underlying condition which may also affect the liver therefore making him more susceptible.

Here is a link to the Mayo Clinic, where you can read exactly what it is, what causes it, and ways to treat alcoholic hepatitis.


January 28, 2010 - 1:59pm
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thanks for your information. From this link and other information I have found, the likelihood of the test coming back positive seems unlikely. He does not have any symptoms, only drinks occasionally, and is a man, which already puts him a decreased risk.

We were talking, and he may have gone out to the bars the night before with friends which could have caused a false-positive.

Well, I guess we'll have to wait. He is not allowed to drink for two weeks and then will take the blood test again and will have an ultrasound.

January 28, 2010 - 2:05pm


I'm very sorry that someone close to you has been diagnosed with what is known as Alcoholic hepatitis.

Alcoholic Hepatitis is caused by excessive alcoholic drinking and actually affects only a small number of chronic abusers. After years of heavy use, the alcohol damages the person's liver. The risk of getting alcoholic hepatitis increases with use and time. Meaning-- the longer and more you drink, the greater your chances of damaging the kidney are. Genetic factors, other diseases, malnutrition, and any other type of hepatitis already present are other risk factors for developing AH.

The single, most important treatment that your friend can do for himself is complete abstinence from alcohol. This is the only thing that can either prevent the disease from getting worse or preferably reverse the symptoms. Drug therapy, nutritional therapy, and lifestyle changes are other forms of treatment. In a worst case scenario, a liver transplant may be necessary.

I wish the best of luck to your friend, he may be able to use this as an experience and turn his life around in a positive way. I am sending my positive thoughts and wishes his way.

January 28, 2010 - 1:25pm
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thanks for some of your information, but to clarify, he has not yet been diagnosed.

Additionally, this is not a kidney disease. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver.

I appreciate some of the information you have provided, but it is a little difficult to acknowledge information that is correct, when you provided information that is irrelevant.

On another note, if you do know other accurate information you would like to share, I would be glad to hear back from you. Thanks.

PS - The individual is only 21 and does not drink excessive. Maybe a beer at dinner and then some drinking on the weekends, but never to the extent of being so drunk as to throw up. With this additional information, can you clarify what might have caused it, if the test comes back positive?

January 28, 2010 - 1:51pm
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