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Alcohol Res Health. 2003;27(3):247-56.

Diagnosis and treatment of alcoholic liver disease and its complications.

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Department of Internal Medicine, University of Louisville Medical Center, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Abstract

Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a serious and potentially fatal consequence of alcohol use. The diagnosis of ALD is based on drinking history, physical signs and symptoms, and laboratory tests. Treatment strategies for ALD include lifestyle changes to reduce alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, and obesity; nutrition therapy; and pharmacological therapy. The diagnosis and management of the complications of ALD are important for alleviating the symptoms of the disease, improving quality of life, and decreasing mortality.

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