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Connections: Discussing the rise in alcoholic liver disease

Jun 11, 2021

NPR reports that there has been a "sharp, 'off the charts' rise in alcoholic liver disease among young women." Experts say pandemic stressors have led to a rise in drinking, and pop culture has validated drinking as a coping mechanism. Survival rates for alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis, which are types of alcoholic liver disease, can be as low as ten percent.

This hour, we talk about the rise in the disease, the psychological components tied to it, and what experts say can help people experiencing these challenges. Our guests:

  • Marie Laryea, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Gastroenterology/Hepatology; Department of Surgery, Transplant; and associate chair of diversity, equity and inclusion in the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Myra Mathis, M.D., senior instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Sean Yantz, certified peer recovery advocate, and certified addictions recovery coach