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Drinking is deadly for Hepatitis C patients

Alcohol increases liver damage in those with hepatitis C and increases the mortality rate from the virus.

Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of liver damage and death from the Hepatitis C virus, a study has found, adding that several people living with Hepatitis C are either former or current excessive alcohol drinkers.

Alcohol use is especially detrimental to patients with Hepatitis C.

The findings showed that people infected with Hepatitis C are three times more likely to drink five or more drinks per day everyday than those without Hepatitis C, lifetime abstainers or current non-excessive drinkers.

“Alcohol promotes faster development of fibrosis and progression to cirrhosis in people living with Hepatitis C, making drinking a dangerous and often deadly activity,” said lead author Amber L. Taylor from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Hepatitis.

“In 2010, alcohol-related liver disease ranked third as a cause of death among people with Hepatitis C,” Tylor added in the paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

In order to better understand the link between alcohol use and Hepatitis C, investigators examined self-reported alcohol use.

The team looked at Hepatitis C infection rates for four groups: lifetime abstainers, former drinkers, non-excessive current drinkers and excessive current drinkers.

People who participated and tested positive for Hepatitis C antibodies found that 50 percent were unaware before being notified.

“Half of all people living with Hepatitis C are not aware of their infection nor the serious medical risks they face when consuming alcohol,” Taylor stated.

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