Overdone, welcome to the forum! Does your husband have a hepatologist (liver specialist?) Unfortunately, primary care doctors are usually not very knowledgeable about
liver disease. You might want to ask an opinion as to how much he can be expected to improve if he doesn't drink. After 50 yrs. of hard drinking, the damage may already be done. However, if he doesn't have a viral disease like hep B or C, the liver can possibly regenerate...at least to a point. As a sober alcoholic, I can tell you that it is more foreign to your husband NOT to drink, regardless of how sick he is. But of course each drink throws fuel on the fire and further deteriorates his liver. Has he had CT scans? An MRI? I would be curious as to how damaged his liver is and how much chance there is that he can recover. Of course, when he starts to get a little better, he will be even more determined to drink. He is the one that will need to admit he is powerless over alcohol...and has to be willing to do something about
I suggest you read the educational threads in the Hepatitis Resources folder at the top of the page. They contain a lot of information, and may also prompt you to ask some specific questions.
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