Coffee Reduces the Risk of Alcoholic Liver Cirrhosis

A study of 125,580 people between 1978 and 2002 found that drinking one cup of coffee per day cut the risk of cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis, by one-fifth. Drinking four cups per day reduced the risk by 80%. This relationship held for both men and women of different racial categories.

These findings build on earlier research reporting that drinking coffee reduces the risk of liver cancer. Cirrhosis is thought to be the major cause of liver cancer.

Cirrhosis from all causes, including Hepatitis C and some inherited diseases, causes more than 27,000 deaths and nearly 400,000 hospital admissions each year in the United States.

Although drinking coffee reduces the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis, a better way to cut risk of the disease is to avoid alcohol abuse.

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  • Klatsky, Arthur L. et al. Coffee, cirrhosis, and transaminase enzymes. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2006, 166, 1190-1195.

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