My hubby was told he had this after a bowel c op in sept. He has stopped drinking but was told his albumin was 22??? The ascites keep building up and when it gets to certain levels goes into his colostomy bag. We still have to see a specialist but we are in limbo, any idea whats next? I have seen various stuff saying 2-5 years if ascites is controlled. Bowel man said a single drink was even off cards as it would kill him. Anybody any answers?