The role of nutritional therapy in alcoholic liver disease

Christopher M. Griffith, Steven Schenker

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Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) evolves through various stages, and malnutrition correlates with the severity of ALD. Poor nutrition is caused both by the substitution of calories from alcohol for calories from food and by the malabsorption and maldigestion of various nutrients attributed to ALD. The only established therapy for ALD consists of abstinence from alcohol. Sufficient nutritional repletion coupled with appropriate supportive treatment modalities may be effective in reducing complications associated with ALD - particularly infection. Nutrition makes a significant positive contribution in the treatment of ALD, especially in selected malnourished patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-306
Number of pages11
JournalAlcohol Research and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcoholic cirrhosis
  • Alcoholic fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Anorexia
  • Ethanol metabolism
  • Fibrosis
  • Gut
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Infection
  • Malnutrition
  • Nutrition
  • Nutritional therapy
  • S-adenosylmethionine (SAM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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