Alcoholic cirrhosis is damage to the liver from heavy alcohol use. The condition sometimes improves when the patient stops drinking, but it can progress through several stages to end-stage liver disease. The stages of alcoholic cirrhosis are Child–Pugh stage A (least severe), stage B (medium), and stage C (most severe). Liver transplantation is a surgical procedure that takes a liver from someone who just died to replace the sick liver in someone with end-stage liver disease. Liver transplantation benefits patients with Child–Pugh stage C disease. Some think that it might make sense to do liver transplantation in patients before they reach the most severe stage of disease, such as patients with Child–Pugh stage B alcoholic cirrhosis.