A nice Monday morning cup of coffee can help reduce liver damage associated with drinking too much alcohol from the previous weekend, a recent review of existing studies says.
Yes, not only is that cup of coffee important for you to be productive, it is also vital to remaining alive.
From Business Insider:
Researchers analyzed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more than 430,000 participants and found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44% lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis.
“Cirrhosis is potentially fatal and there is no cure as such,” said lead study author Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University in the U.K.
“Therefore, it is significant that the risk of developing cirrhosis may be reduced by consumption of coffee, a cheap, ubiquitous and well-tolerated beverage,” Kennedy added by email.
Cirrhosis kills more than one million people every year worldwide. It can be caused by hepatitis infections, excessive alcohol consumption, immune disorders, and fatty liver disease, which is tied to obesity and diabetes.
It’s not exactly a zero-sum game, but coffee is clearly a factor in the findings of these experts.
I don’t drink coffee, but I am usually an outlier when it comes to this kind of thing. My friends and family can not operate until they’ve had their morning coffee, which is also true of many of my coworkers. I’m not sure about the addictive behavior of heroin addicts, but it can’t be much different than Marcy, the office manager I sit next to who paces through the break room salivating for a nice warm cup of joe.
I guess I can justify drinking more heavily now. For every blacked out weekend night, I’ll just add a cup of coffee to my diet. This sounds like a fool-proof plan that has no downside..
[via Business Insider]
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