People with hepatitis C appear to be heavier drinkers, which can be harmful to this liver disease.
People infected with hepatitis C are more likely to be current or former heavy drinkers, a new study suggests.
Unfortunately, alcohol may accelerate the liver damage associated with the virus, the researchers added.
Adults with hepatitis C were three times more likely to have five or more drinks daily — currently or in the past — than people who didn’t have the virus, according to the study published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
“Alcohol promotes faster development of fibrosis and progression to cirrhosis [scarring of the liver] in people living with hepatitis C, making drinking a dangerous and often deadly activity,” said lead investigator Amber Taylor, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Hepatitis.
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