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alcohol and hep b
Oct 4, 2004

Dear doug, I have gotten different answers to this. After clearing a hep b infection surface antigen negative, Do you have to reduce your alcohol intake? If you clear the infection this means you were infected for 4-6 months. Did this compromise the liver in any way? Do you have to be careful now about alcohol or medicine (antibiotics) Thank you.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

You should always be careful about alcohol and mediations. However HBV should be completely gone if you clear in 6 months. After that, it may never clear. You should check your HBV DNA and if negative then go ahead. In general more than 2-3 drinks per day is a problem for your liver if you are a man and 1-2 if you are a woman. Stay healthy and get vaccinated for HAV! DTD



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