Regular alcohol intake increases the risk of liver disease in women

The number of alcohol-related injuries and deaths is on the rise. With little attention paid on educating the public and curbing such addictions and their consequences, the numbers may be expected to rise in coming years.

This point was highlighted by a 2018 Lancet publication on the effects of alcohol drinking patterns on liver disease in women. The number of women with liver disease following regular alcohol intake was noted to be on the increase.

Women who took alcohol in a more varied manner had a higher risk of liver disease than women who took alcohol only with meals. How often one takes alcohol was noted to be more important than the quantity of alcohol consumed. No level of drinking, however, is completely safe for women.

Liver disease in women is second to breast cancer while evaluating the number of working years lost to disease in women.

A previous study also showed that drinking a bottle of wine per week slightly increased the risk of breast cancer in women.

While alcohol producing companies may not pay attention to the disease burden caused by regular alcohol intake, every individual should be aware of alcohol guidelines and make efforts to adhere to them.

Written by Dr Nnenna Ukoha


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