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Alcoholism and Hepatitis

If you have the hepatitis C virus, you know that drinking is like throwing flames on a fire. Getting diagnosed with hep C is a double blow if you’re trying to deal with a drinking problem. Cutting back and quitting is a great goal. But first you need to decide if you are dealing with a little drink here or there, or are you an alcoholic?

Answer a few of these questions honestly to see if you can find yourself in the answers.


Do you feel guilty because you drink even though you know it hurts your liver? Your doctor may see your blood labs and ask you about your alcohol consumption. You might even hide the evidence of drinking out of fear of being exposed. Inside, you feel the shame and want to be free of it.


Are you always s scheming for ways to get extra money? Maybe you took on some overtime or started doing odd jobs for cash. Occasionally an alcoholic will pay the family bills so that they can control the budget. This way they can be sure and have the money they need for their drinking habit.


A lot of alcoholic behavior and symptoms can be blamed on the hepatitis C virus. You can explain away slurring of words by complaining of brain fog. A hangover might be called fatigue, or even a drunken stupor might be passed off as a side effect of hep C. Your rising liver enzymes are a symptom of drinking and of hepatitis C.


Do you trick others into getting off of the subject of your drinking? If you are telling stories to lead your family or doctor away from the amount you are drinking, you are only making things worse in the long run.


If you feel like you deserve a drink after a long day, or a stressful situation, you are deceiving yourself. Likewise, if you need a drink to make it through every day, then you need help. There are no good reasons to drink with hepatitis C.


People who drink too much isolate themselves. They avoid being around others so that they can drink. You may be refusing to attend gatherings with family and friends. Things no longer sound interesting to you unless it involves drinking. You even avoid getting medical help because it means you may have to show up sober.

Mood Swings

Hepatitis C takes a toll on your emotions. In a short period of time you can range from depression to rage. If you are having sudden outbursts that you can’t control, or intense rage, followed by depression and sadness, you may be an alcoholic.

If you identified with some of the above symptoms and behaviors, you may have moved from an occasional drinker to being an alcoholic. Talk to your doctor before, during, and after treatment. Many doctors will avoid treating a person for hepatitis C until they are able to prove that they have 6 weeks sobriety. The medication used for treatment will help to heal your liver. If you deal with the problems from alcohol, you can heal your life.

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