Well-Being Longevity

New study shows coffee helps alcohol drinkers’ health

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  • New research suggests that drinking three to four cups of ground coffee per day could offer protection against chronic liver disease.
  • One of the author’s of the study shows “coffee drinking is protective against severe liver disease.”
  • The research additionally suggested that consuming three to four cups of coffee offered the most apparent protection against liver disease, but “further increases in consumption provided no additional benefit.”

New research suggests that drinking three to four cups of ground coffee per day could offer protection against chronic liver disease. 

Prof Paul Roderick, a co-author of the study from the University of Southampton, told The Guardian that the study, which analyzed the liver health of 494,585 U.K. adults aged 40-69, shows “coffee drinking is protective against severe liver disease.” 

Nearly 385,000 of the participants, whose data was taken from U.K BioBank, were coffee consumers at the beginning of the study, while 109,767 said they did not drink the caffeinated beverages. Researchers found 3,600 cases of chronic liver disease over the 11-year period, with 301 deaths. 

The research additionally suggested that consuming three to four cups of coffee offered the most apparent protection against liver disease, but “further increases in consumption provided no additional benefit.” Researchers noted that they cannot conclusively prove that coffee drinking alone reduces the risk of chronic liver disease. 

The analysis checked for factors including body mass index, alcohol consumption and smoking, which revealed those who drink any coffee were 20 percent less likely to develop chronic liver disease or fatty liver disease. 


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Vanessa Hebditch, of the British Liver Trust, told The Guardian that the study adds to previous research suggesting that coffee consumption is beneficial for liver health. 

“However, it’s important that people improve their liver health not just by drinking coffee,” she said, “but by also cutting down on alcohol and keeping to a healthy weight by exercising and eating well.”

According to the British Liver Trust, “since 1970, deaths due to liver disease have increased by 400%.”

“Every day, over 40 people die from liver disease in the UK,” according to the group. “This is in stark contrast to other major killer diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, in which the number of deaths have either remained stable or decreased.”


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