Sustained alcohol abstinence benefits even advanced cases of alcohol-related cirrhosis

Abstinence from alcohol was associated with reduced risk for hepatic decompensation and mortality among patients with alcohol-related cirrhosis, regardless of disease stage, according to results in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.“Our results clearly show that all patients with alcohol-related liver cirrhosis who maintain sustained abstinence from alcohol not only suffer complications of liver cirrhosis significantly less frequently, but also live considerably longer — even in the case of pronounced portal hypertension,” Benedikt Silvester Hofer, MD, of the division ofRead More

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