Alcoholism can lead to cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis is the replacement of hepatocytes, the liver cells, with fibrous scar tissue which causes a subsequent decline in the liver function. Cirrhosis can also lead to the development of portal hypertension. Given this information explain why someone dying from alcoholism may suffer the unfortunate condition of bleeding at the esophagus and the stomach causing them to vomit blood. ( A small hint the veins draining the lower portion of the stomach merge with the gastric veins. Another hint refer to chapter 19
Alcoholism can lead to cirrhosis of the liver.
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