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Advanced liver damage tied to binge drinking
Date: 2013-01-28 10:20:26

The more alcohol a person drinks, the more likely they are to sustain liver damage, but some scientists say binging on beer, wine or liquor could amplify this effect. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing alcohol- and liver-related diseases on the rise, research in this vein could show how liver testing can help doctors isolate those at the greatest risk of developing lifelong problems due to drinking.

Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine looked  various studies on liver disease and alcohol consumption in patients. The authors tried to correlate binge drinking characteristics, short periods of heavy drinking, with increased prevalence of symptoms of chronic liver problems. These issues include immune deficiencies, metabolic problems and enhanced presence of liver illnesses like fatty liver, hepatitis and cirrhosis.

The study indicated that alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is strongly linked to binge drinking behaviors, reducing key autoimmune responses and slowing down the body as a whole. What's more, the results showed that specific cell bodies and internal agents were drastically reduced in the wake of binge events, with significant negative effects on the liver. Those with consistent alcohol consumption in the past could see amplified injury if binging and steady levels are mixed.

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