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1289966 tn?1326101570

alcohol

drinking the occasional pint of cider,is it ok to do ,even though ive just been told ive got hep c ,when i say occasional i mean a 3 litre bottle of strongbow over the weekend, i dont drink much anyway
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i have lost two friends who decided to continue to drink after being diagnosed with Hep C.  it is not a pretty way to go...if you like water retention, liver failure and dying from your own blood as it fill up your lungs after a vein has broken in your esohpigus (sp) go ahead and have a few drinks.

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johnbyrnes,

beer is usually around 4% to 6% alcohol by volume

Strongbow Cider in the UK and Canada is 5.3% ABV (10.6 proof

Strong cider is about the same a beer

not a good for hep c I would stop or find some cider with less alcohlo

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I was not fortunate enough to find out that I have Hep C until I started getting symptoms from cirrhosis.  I'll tell you with the advantage of that perspective that if I knew I was infected before fibrosis set in I would avoid any activities including alcohol that would exaccerbate my condition.  You do not want to be in my shoes- I suffer from regular bouts of hepatic encephalopathy, have horrible edema, and worry continuously that my esophageal varicies will rupture.  I no longer have the energy to work more than 10-20 hours a week and have just recently been accepted as a transplant candidate, the only option left for me.  So, I tell you from my point of view that the occasional drink is not worth the potential risk.  Good luck to you and I hope you make the decision that maximizes your opportunity for a long and rewarding life.  I'm 47 and will be very fortunate to make it to 48.  Take care friend and choose wisely...
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You are gambling with your life,i have 2 brothers who have hep C and they party like this is no tommorrow,some can drink i guess and progress slower than others..roll the dice,or should i say,lets say russian roulette?

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862235 tn?1336060295
I believe that alcohol tolerance is a very individual thing. Even with HCV some people could tolerate 10 beers a day for years straight without any liver damage while others can't tolerate one beer a week. The question arises though, do you want to find out you fit into the latter category because you risked it and ended up with end stage cirrhosis? I don't think I would. It's better to be safe.
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1281527 tn?1272911525
Alcohol is one of the most harmful "everyday" substances to the liver we know of, and persons with HCV should avoid it at all costs.  Combined with HCV the consumption of alcohol produces a much faster-developing fatty infiltration (cirrhosis) than otherwise would occur.  As the disease develops, cirrhosis (or the lack thereof) plays a crucial role in positive reaction to tx and to the ability of the liver to help fight off opportunistic diseases.  A SMALL amount of alcohol is okay on occasion though not recommended.  Talk to your doctor about imaging options and a liver biopsy to determine exactly how much cirrhotic infiltration you have, then take it from there.
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1289966 tn?1326101570
thank you for your reply, ive only been diagnosed since 17 march 2010,
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751342 tn?1534360021
It isn't a great idea as alcohol can help the disease to progress, and if you are treating, alcohol is a definite don't. Hope this helps. I'm sure you'll get more feedback on this topic.
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