Definition, epidemiology and magnitude of alcoholic hepatitis

Sarpreet Basra, Bhupinderjit S. Anand

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Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a major cause of alcoholrelated morbidity and mortality. Its presentation ranges from fatty liver to alcoholic hepatitis (AH), cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Although the amount and pattern of alcohol consumption is a well recognized predisposing factor for the development of serious liver pathology, environmental factors and the host's genetic makeup may also play significant roles that have not yet been entirely explored. Continuing alcohol consumption is a major factor that influences the survival of patients with AH. The presence of cirrhosis at presentation or its development on follow up is a major factor determining the outcome in the long run. This chapter deals with the epidemiology and magnitude of ALD in general and AH in particular.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-113
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Journal of Hepatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute alcoholic hepatitis
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Disease burden
  • Epidemiology
  • Magnitude

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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