Infection and Alcoholic Liver Disease

Christine Chan, Josh Levitsky*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Acute and chronic alcohol use leads to an impaired immune response and dysregulated inflammatory state that contributes to a markedly increased risk of infection. Via shared mechanisms of immune-mediated injury, alcohol can alter the clinical course of viral infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus. These effects are most evident in patients with alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis. This article provides an overview of alcohol's effect on the immune system and contribution to the risks and outcomes of specific infectious diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-606
Number of pages12
JournalClinics in liver disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Cellular immunity
  • Cirrhosis
  • Infectious disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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