Studies show that liver damage, HCV replication, and possibility of developing cirrhosis increase with alcohol intake. Alcohol aids hep C growth, increasing the danger of fibrosis. Avoid alcohol to protect liver when you have hep C, more so if undergoing treatment for HCV (the aim of which is to prevent hepatitis C from replicating). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advise one drink/two drinks per day for women/men respectively. Abstaining during the week and drinking in excess over weekends is not a solution. Seek medical help if required. Post treatment and recovery, abstaining from alcohol is advised to protect the liver.