Coffee Protects Against Alcoholic Cirrhosis

If you by chance know an alcoholic that refuses to give up his beers or whisky there is hope he can avoid cirrhosis of the liver. A 2 decade long study found that with each cup of coffee drank daily the risk of cirrhosis dropped about 22 percent. Those who drank more than 4 cups per day were only 20 percent as likely to get the disease as people who did not drink coffee.

More than 5 million people in the US have cirrhosis, typically from heavy alcohol use. However, only about a quarter of chronic drinkers end up with the disease which lead researchers to look at influences that life style factors might have a protective effect.

And of course common sense says just do not drink.

Terry Pfau DO, HMD

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