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Alcohol Linked Cirrhosis Can Be Prevented by Drinking More Coffee, Study

Update Date: Feb 24, 2016 11:16 AM EST

According to a new study, increasing your intake of coffee can reduce your probability of developing cirrhosis caused by alcohol. The review was published in journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics based on multiple studies done on this subject matter.

Just by consuming two more cups of coffee each day, you can also lower the liver condition risk by a staggering 44%, say the researchers who scrutinized nine studies detailing the relationship between coffee consumption and cirrhosis risk, reports

The nine studies involved as many as 430,000 participants and the duration of each study varied. The longest study on this matter was conducted for 20 years. In eight out of nine studies that were assessed, researchers discovered that just by upping the coffee intake by 2 cups a day, the risk of cirrhosis was reduced significantly. The review was published on January 25th, the first meta-analysis that showed the properties of coffee that were potentially protective, says University Herald

The research was conducted by Dr. Oliver Kennedy as a part of Southampton University team in the United Kingdom. Dr. Kennedy told CNN that the team merged the data of these studies and calculated an exact relationship between coffee and cirrhosis risk. However, he added that while coffee may reduce the risk of cirrhosis, it will not neutralize the other harmful effects of alcohol consumption.

Dr. Hillel Tobias, a liver specialist and chairman of the American Liver Foundation's National Medical Advisory Committee, says that the preventive effects of coffee are not exactly a new discovery. A report in 2015 had already noted a possible association between coffee consumption and cirrhosis preventions.

"The problem is that most professionals in the liver community find this hard to accept," Tobias told CNN. "The physiological and biochemical basis has not been established and some experimental evidence is needed. Right now, many of these studies are based on historical information provided by patients."

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