The topic of drinking again post SVR has come up a few time so here are a few things to consider. First a reference text:
And a graph:
This graph is a common phenomenon that speaks to "everything in moderation".
1) For patients who don't have Hep C moderate alcohol consumption REDUCES the relative risk of death compared to not drinking and the mimimum risk is seen at 20g (2 standard drinks) per day
2) Non-drinker's and people who drink 7-8 standard drinks a day (ie a bottle of wine) have about the same all causes mortality risk.
3) Drinking at levels above this level is more risky than not drinking
4) Not shown on that graph but shown on this one (which comes from here: www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm2010...tech/1536/153606.htm
a) Women can drink less than men before getting into the riskier than not drinking range
b) Some sources use 2.5 standard drinks for women and 4 standard drinks for men as the crossover point
So this is for someone whose liver has lived an easy life. If you are F0-F1 then post treatment you could reasonably assume you fit that profile.
On the other hand if you are F3-F4 your liver needs love and it would be sensible to be more moderate.
Binge drinking is bad. It's a bit like the sun. A little bit of sun is healthy enough and gives you vitamin D and a tan. Too much sun on one day gives you sunburn and a substantial increase in melanoma risk because your body can't deal with all the damage that happens in one hit.