Alcoholic hepatitis is caused by excessive and chronic alcohol use. It is the first phase of alcoholic liver disease. It progresses to fatty liver and cirrhosis if alcohol abuse continues. A history of alcohol abuse is the key to diagnosis. Yet drunkenness is not needed for the development of the disease. To confirm the diagnosis a liver biopsy can be done. The disease usually affects those older than 30 years. The incidence is 3 cases per 10,000 individuals. The recovery is slow. It may take weeks to months for the liver to heal. If cirrhosis has developed, the liver may not be able to recover.
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