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Alcohol miss use

I have just been 4 a ultra scan on my liver. Last tues i had endoscopy done. First person to say i had liver damage & 2 c my dr in 2 wks time 4 results. My dr's keep changing & have difficult in c'ing same gp. I have not touched alcohol 4, 11months after being (still am alcoholic). Need ans ie is there stages,will i die (never drinking again) Life expectancy

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Hi Stephen. Welcome to the unfortunate club you may have joined.

THE most important thing is that you don't drink anymore and if you've managed 11 months after being dependant you've done extremely well. So huge pat on the back there mate.

You've asked the golden question about life expectancy and I don't believe there is an answer.

I can tell you that there's members here that have had cirrhosis for 10 years plus. And I hold that fact very closely to me.

I'm here due to alcoholic cirrhosis too. Keep your chin up and get over the shock. And then just be as healthy as you can manage.

There's a wealth of knowledgable and very helpful/friendly people on here. So good luck

Matt

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Tks 4 getting back. Stephen

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Hi Steve, well done on staying off the booze. My diagnosis was 6 months ago and I have been sober since. Life expectancy increases the longer you do not harm your liver. None of us know how long we have, but we think about quality of life rather than length, plan things to look forwards to and enjoy the time you have. My consultant told me he has people on his list who have survived 20+years, they are the ones who took his advice and others who thought they know better and went back to drinking and their livers decompensated.

Good luck, again well done on staying away from the booze and remember the liver is remarkable so now its not being stressed by alcohol it will be much more functional.

Tim

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Tks tim

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Ps I am 17months sober and counting

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Tks tim. That's helped tremendous. I did think for 1 crazy mad minute to pack up the booze and for what.......u know what a mean

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