Alcoholic hepatitis is a syndrome of progressive inflammatory liver injury associated with long-term heavy intake of ethanol. Symptoms are Patients who are severely affected present with sub-acute onset of fever, hepatomegaly, Leukocytosis, marked impairment of liver function (e.g., jaundice, coagulopathy), and manifestations of portal hypertension (e.g., ascites, hepatic encephalopathy, variceal haemorrhage). However, milder forms of alcoholic hepatitis often do not cause any symptoms.
The diagnosis of alcoholic hepatitis is straightforward and requires no further diagnostic studies in patients presenting with a history of alcohol abuse, typical symptoms and physical findings, evidence of liver functional impairment, and compatible liver enzyme levels. In milder cases of alcoholic hepatitis, a mild elevation of the aspartate aminotransferase (AST) level may be the only diagnostic clue.
Despite the widespread assumption that drinking alcohol is an integral part of growing up, a 2012 report into why young people abstain showed that choosing not to drink is commonplace, Figures show that around half of 16 to 24 year olds in England said they'd drank nothing the week before they were asked about their drinking habits. Globally, almost half of the adult population, 48% of people have never consumed alcohol.