Through detailed analyses of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, and the United Network for Organ Sharing registry, the authors provide a view of the epidemiology of the spectrum of alcohol liver disease (ALD) in the United States. Although the prevalence of ALD among the general population has been relatively stable at 8%, over the last decade, there has been an increase in ALD with advanced fibrosis, including increased hospitalizations for liver cirrhosis and its complications, and an increase in ALD as a cause for liver transplant listing, as well as a greater proportion of liver cancer cases associated with ALD.
1Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Correspondence: Juan F. Gallegos-Orozco, MD. E-mail: Juan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Received September 01, 2019
Accepted September 05, 2019
Online date: October 14, 2019