Alcohol consumption is often associated with viral hepatitis. Although alcohol is known to worsen viral liver disease, the interactions between alcohol and viral hepatitis are not fully understood. Molecular alterations in the liver due to alcohol and viral hepatitis include effects on viral replication, increased oxidative stress, cytotoxicity, and a weakened immune response. Clinically, alcohol enhances disease progression and favors induction of primitive liver neoplasm. The use of new antivirals for hepatitis C and well-established drugs for hepatitis B will determine how viral hepatitis can be controlled in a large percentage of these patients. However, alcohol-related liver disease continues to represent a barrier for access to antivirals, and it remains an unresolved health issue.

Update on Alcohol and Viral Hepatitis / Gitto, Stefano; Vitale, Giovanni; Villa, Erica; Andreone, Pietro. - In: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL HEPATOLOGY. - ISSN 2225-0719. - 2:4(2014), pp. 228-233. [10.14218/JCTH.2014.00030]

Update on Alcohol and Viral Hepatitis

VILLA, Erica;Andreone, Pietro
2014

Abstract

Alcohol consumption is often associated with viral hepatitis. Although alcohol is known to worsen viral liver disease, the interactions between alcohol and viral hepatitis are not fully understood. Molecular alterations in the liver due to alcohol and viral hepatitis include effects on viral replication, increased oxidative stress, cytotoxicity, and a weakened immune response. Clinically, alcohol enhances disease progression and favors induction of primitive liver neoplasm. The use of new antivirals for hepatitis C and well-established drugs for hepatitis B will determine how viral hepatitis can be controlled in a large percentage of these patients. However, alcohol-related liver disease continues to represent a barrier for access to antivirals, and it remains an unresolved health issue.
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Update on Alcohol and Viral Hepatitis / Gitto, Stefano; Vitale, Giovanni; Villa, Erica; Andreone, Pietro. - In: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL HEPATOLOGY. - ISSN 2225-0719. - 2:4(2014), pp. 228-233. [10.14218/JCTH.2014.00030]
Gitto, Stefano; Vitale, Giovanni; Villa, Erica; Andreone, Pietro
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