my mother was diagnosed with (non-alcohol) cirrhosis 1/19/11. Her Dr waited almost 5 months before he mentioned she was already @ Stage 4 when the biopsy was initially done in January. A friend's father recently passed from (alcohol related) cirrhosis and his last few months were heart-breaking. I know every individual handles disease differently but are the stages any different for the disease based on whether its alcohol related or not?