Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff


Identifying alcoholic liver disease depends on two main things:

  • Evidence of excessive alcohol consumption
  • Evidence of liver disease

Alcohol consumption

Your doctor will want to know about your history of alcohol consumption. It is important to be honest in describing your drinking habits. Your doctor may ask to interview family members about your drinking. Many people will have signs of chronic alcoholism, such as skin lesions known as spider nevi.

Liver disease

Your doctor will likely order the following tests to look for liver disease:

  • Liver function tests (including international normalized ratio, total bilirubin, and albumin)
  • Complete blood cell count
  • An ultrasound, CT or MRI scan of the liver
  • Blood tests to exclude other causes of liver disease
Nov. 03, 2012