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Hepatitis C and alcohol

Christopher A Marshall, MD
Sanjiv Chopra, MD, MACP
Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD
Section Editor
Keith D Lindor, MD
Deputy Editor
Allyson Bloom, MD


Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) and alcohol are common causes of chronic liver diseases in the United States, and both are recognized as major causes of liver disease worldwide [1]. Each poses a major public and economic burden to society, and when the two coexist they appear to have a synergistic effect in the progression of chronic liver disease.

This topic will review the effect of alcohol on the natural history and treatment of hepatitis C. Other issues related to hepatitis C and alcoholic liver disease are discussed separately.

(See "Epidemiology and transmission of hepatitis C virus infection".)

(See "Screening for chronic hepatitis C virus infection" and "Diagnosis and evaluation of chronic hepatitis C virus infection".)

(See "Clinical manifestations and natural history of chronic hepatitis C virus infection".)

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