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Alcohol and HCV
One of the first recommendations given to patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is to abstain from alcohol use. This recommendation is especially important for HCV patients undergoing antiviral therapy. Patients who drink during HCV treatment are less likely to clear the virus. Both the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus statement strongly encourage that HCV patients avoid all alcohol use.