People with any serious liver disease, including liver cancer, should not drink alcohol. Continuing to drink alcohol once a serious liver disease such as cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer has been diagnosed leads to liver failure and death, according to Drinking and You.
Alcohol use over the long term is linked to liver cancer, as the American Cancer Society explains. The inflammation caused by the irritating effects of alcohol damages the liver and increases the risk of liver cancer. Liver cancer is almost always preceded by cirrhosis of the liver, a serious stage of alcoholic liver disease in which the liver becomes irreversibly scarred. However, people who stop drinking as soon as cirrhosis is diagnosed stand an 80 percent chance of survival over 10 years, according to Drinking and You.