The interaction between alcohol abuse and hepatitis C virus (HCV) can compromise overall survival outcomes, according to a study published in Clinical Epidemiology.
Between 10% and 20% of individuals who consume alcohol excessively develop alcoholic liver disease, according to the researchers. The study noted that approximately 20% of patients with alcoholic hepatitis have HCV. Notably, rates of liver-related mortality grew worldwide from 2005 to 2015, which reflects changes in risk factors such as excessive alcohol consumption and HCV infection, according to the study.
HCV infection is a significant risk factor for liver disease progression and related deaths due to conditions such as cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer. Furthermore, individuals with HCV are more likely to consume alcohol than those without the virus, which may point to a link between poor outcomes and mortality from liver-related conditions, according to the study.