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How long can an alcoholic expect to survive?
Dear Dr. Chung,
How long can an alcoholic (with no intention of stopping), with recent diagnosis of Hep C expect to survive? Other health problems include COPD, Emphysema and smoker of 2-3 pack per day. Cardiac testing also showed left ventricular hypertrophy. A long history of alcohol consumption, current age of 47 drinking excessively everyday. Consumes hard liquor and beer daily. He also has numerous open lesions on both forearms. Can these sores be related to the Hep C? Please advise. Can I help him? Extremely concerned!
  Dr Chung Writes-  
Yes the sores can be related to HCV and can respond to treatment for HCV if they are indeed related. However, treatment of HCV makes far less sense than actually stopping alcohol from the standpoint of health benefit to your liver and other organs. The answer on survival depends on whether that person has developed cirrhosis, in which case the risk of death from liver disease becomes very real.
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