Study reveals the type of drinking habit likely to cause liver disease

We know that the consumption of alcohol, even in the smallest of amounts, is not good for health at all and if someone tells you that a little alcohol once upon a time is fine then they are lying to you as well as themselves because they are either unaware or oblivious to the fact that even a trace of alcohol is injurious to our health. Having said that, we know that alcohol is now present even in our drugs such as cough medication as well. This means that if you are a drinker or not, you might already have consumed alcohol in your life.

Talking about alcohol, we know that the main risk with its consumption is damage to liver and there are various diseases linked to liver that can be caused by it. But a new study has been conducted that reveals the worst type of drinking habit that can cause liver diseases like cirrhosis as well as even cancer. The study reports that “measuring the pattern of alcohol intake was more accurate than volume for predicting the risk of developing alcohol-related cirrhosis (ARC)”. The report adds that “The scientists analyzed data from 312,599 active alcoholic drinkers in the United Kingdom to assess the impact of the pattern of drinking, genetic predisposition, and type-2 diabetes on the likelihood of developing ARC.”

Dr. Fat, the lead scientist of this study, said that “We took a different approach by focusing on the pattern of drinking and found that this was a better indicator of liver disease risk than volume alone”. “The other key finding was that the more risk factors involved, the higher the ‘excess risk’ due to the interaction of these factors.” He added that “those who engaged in heavy binge-drinking, which is defined as having 12 units of alcohol in a day, were three times as likely to develop ARC. The risk for those with a high genetic predisposition was four times higher and the risk for type-2 diabetics was two times higher. People who engaged in binge drinking while also having a genetic predisposition were six times more likely to develop ARC”.

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