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Alcoholic Hepatitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is alcoholic hepatitis?

Alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is liver inflammation caused by heavy alcohol use. AH can develop if you binge drink or if you drink regularly or heavily over time. Your risk for AH is higher if you are a woman or you are obese.

What are the signs and symptoms of AH?

How is AH diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask how much alcohol you drink at one time. Your provider will ask how much you drink each day and how often you drink each week. Tell your provider how long you have been drinking alcohol and if you received treatment for alcohol addiction.

How is AH treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What can I do to manage AH?

What are the risks of AH?

Call 911 for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

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