Dr. Joe Galati of Texas Liver Specialists understands about the effects of the Covid Lockdown. "We all know about the isolation we all went thru. This was the perfect storm for setting up depression, isolation, loneliness and the need to use alcohol." Dr. Galati says it can have a really bad ending. "When you consume an excessive amount of alcohol, you develop a peculiar type of liver disease: Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis. In some cases it carries a very high mortality rate."
It's no wonder there's a direct correlation between the recent increase in retail alcohol sales and the growing liver transplant waiting lists! "These patients are typically referred for a Liver Transplant at a tertiary care center like Houston Methodist Hospital where I practice, and if they meet all of the criteria they will be put on a Liver Transplant Wait List where they actually have one of the best survival rates."
Hear Dr. Joe Galati on "YOUR HEALTH FIRST" Sunday evenings on Newsradio 740 KTRH.