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    Hep C and alcohol abuse
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    An_244502 posted:
    My partner was diagnosed with Hep C a few months ago, and insists her doctor said it was alright to drink with it. I didn't believe her at all. I want to find out what the risks of regular drinking with the condition are, she also has a habit of mixing drinks with valium too, so I can try and discuss them with her. And with any luck convince her to cut the drinking out and get her on a road to recovery... Thankyou.
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    Melissa Palmer, MD responded:
    Alcohol can cause the hepatitis C virus to replicate, can worsen and speed progression of disease and is a liver toxin in itself.
     
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    BrendanCross replied to Melissa Palmer, MD's response:
    Are the risks of developing liver cancer and cirrosis higher when drinking regulary with Hepatitis C? If so, how does alcohol contribute to the development of them... I need as much information as possible so I can talk to my partner about this maturely and with facts, so it doesn't seem like I'm attacking her in anyway.
     
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    oldtiff47 replied to BrendanCross's response:
    LET ME TRY THIS AGAIN...DID POST BEFORE...

    I AM A LAYMAN....BEEN COMING TO WEB MD SINCE EARLY 99....CLEAR 12 YEARS NOW AND MY STAGE 4 LIVER IS HAPPY I AM....

    I KNOW AT LEAST 3 HEPPERS WHO KEPT DRINKING.

    1 IS DEAD
    2 HAS LIVER CANCER AND ON T/P LIST
    2 STILL DRINKING AND WILL DIE

    I HAVE ALWAYS SAID....HCV PLUS LIVER DISEASE PLUS BOOZE == DEAD

    THIS IS MY OPINION BUT HOW I FEEL...

    TIFF
    DON'T TAKE YOUR ORGANS TO HEAVEN...HEAVEN KNOWS WE NEED THEM HERE !!
     
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    billm57 replied to BrendanCross's response:
    yep - alcohol causes fat to accumulate in the liver - this not only lends and leads to cirrhosis and liver cancer but also to increased viral replication and reduction in the immune system response - double whammy - like pourin gas on the fire --- alcohol destroys even healthy liver cells and brain cells and kidney cells and pancreas cells etc etc etc - basically alcohol is a solvent - not only will it dissolve the liver brain and other organs - it will dissolve lives families marriages friendships bank accounts cars homes you name it - down the drain


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