Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E and Alcoholic Hepatitis: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Dr. Gregory Serfer
Dr. Gregory Serfer
November 18, 2020

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can cause a range of health problems and that also can be fatal.

There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. While they all cause liver disease, they differ in how they’re transmitted, how severe an illness they cause, and how to prevent each. Hepatitis B and C are especially virulent, in that they lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people, and together are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis, cancer and viral hepatitis-related deaths. The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) estimates that well over 2 billion people worldwide have contracted at least one of the five hepatitis strains.

Of particular concern to us in the substance use disorder treatment field is alcoholic hepatitis, caused by excessive intake of alcohol. Around 1 out of 3 chronic alcohol users develops alcoholic hepatitis, with 70% of those with persistent alcoholic hepatitis progressing to cirrhosis of the liver.

Click here below to download Tully Hill Medical Director Dr. Gregory Serfer’s comprehensive presentation on hepatitis, and learn all about the causes, consequent health problems, current treatment of, and ways to prevent hepatitis A,B,C,D,E strains and alcoholic hepatitis.



Dr. Gregory Serfer

Medical Director

Dr. Gregory Serfer became the Medical Director of Tully Hill Chemical Dependency Treatment Center in July 2018. Dr. Serfer obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology from the University of Miami and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Serfer was previously employed at Auburn Community Hospital as Director of Substance Use Disorder Services. Dr. Serfer also serves as Medical Officer for the National Disaster Medical System for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.