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Obesity + Alcohol Intake Increase Risk of Liver Disease

Posted Mar 12 2010 12:00am

Are you a social drinker or have wine regularly to unwind? If so, think about your weight and your alcohol intake. Several recent studies have shown that obesity and moderate alcohol intake dramatically increase the risk of liver disease. While alcohol is a major cause of liver cirrhosis, recent evidence suggests that excess body weight plays an important part. For obese women, there is a 4 fold increase in risk for those drinking 2 and ½ drinks per day that they will be admitted to hospital with or will die from liver cirrhosis over five years. The study followed women for 6.2 years. Obese men who reported drinking 2 or more drinks per day had the greatest risk of liver disease: almost 19 times higher than underweight or normal weight non-drinkers. The study followed men for 29 years.

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