Alcohol destroyed their livers. Now, they’re increasingly getting new ones

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By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

The number of liver transplants for Americans with alcohol-associated liver disease has steadily grown in recent years, prompting researchers to explore why this is and what the long-term prospects are for recipients.

Using 15 years of data collected by the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the organ transplant system in the United States, a group of scientists set out to analyze trends from 2002 through 2016.

Their findings, published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, were that alcohol-associated liver disease — including alcoholic cirrhosis, alcoholic cirrhosis with hepatitis C and acute alcoholic hepatitis — has emerged as the leading reason for liver transplants in recent years.

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