for Veterans and the Public
Alcohol is one of the most widely used and abused substances in the world. It is a potent toxin to the liver, even in people without hepatitis C infection. Excessive alcohol use can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, even liver cancer. Regardless of alcohol use, people with hepatitis C are at risk for cirrhosis of the liver. Hepatitis C impairs the liver's natural function of breaking down alcohol and removing toxic by-products. As a result, the toxins in alcohol are not removed completely and remain within the body, creating a toxic environment.