Alcoholic hepatitis is a disease, inflammatory condition of the liver caused by excessive alcohol consumption over an extended period of time. If you develop this condition, you must stop drinking alcohol. Continued drinking can lead to additional health problems, such as cirrhosis (permanent scarring) of the liver or even liver failure.
If you have symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis, your doctor will ask you about your health history and alcohol consumption. Your doctor will also perform a physical exam to see if you have an enlarged liver or spleen. They may decide to order tests to confirm your diagnosis.
You need to stop drinking if you receive an alcoholic hepatitis diagnosis. You may be able to reverse the damage to your liver by avoiding alcohol. Even if the damage is too severe to reverse, you should still quit drinking to prevent further harm to your liver.