Alcoholic? Coffee Can Negate Potential Liver Cancer

If you are a heavy drinker of alcohol, perhaps you have thought about the possible health risks. Now, a new study says that you can negate some of those health risks by maintaining a steady intake of coffee.

A study performed by the World Cancer Research Fund based in London in collaboration with the American Institute for Cancer Research has determined that regular coffee consumption greatly reduces the risk of liver cancer in alcoholics.

Why? According to the study, coffee has several compounds that possess antioxidants – or cancer fighting – properties. The excessive drinking of alcohol has been proven to raise the risks of liver cancer, however, the new study says that a regular intake of coffee can negate those effects. Though coffee is widely consumed because of its caffeinated properties, the drink is now believed to be an effective preventative to strokes, memory degeneration, mood swings, and now, liver disease, which is the second deadliest type of cancer in the world.

The coffee versus alcohol study was conducted via an examination of 34 global studies involving 8.2 million people regarding the causes and prevention of liver cancer. Exercise, diet and lifestyle choices were all examined in-depth to understand what factors lead to and can prevent the potentially fatal disease. As a result, the study found that diet, weight, and physical activity levels all combined to increase the chances of liver cancer. The study also determined some fascinating information as to what levels of alcohol consumption actually lead to liver disease, according to Dr. Anne McTiernan, an epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, who was part of the study.

“The finding provides the clearest indication to date of how many drinks actually cause liver cancer.”

The conclusions of the study indicated that people should not drink more than 45 ml (1.5 oz) of alcohol per day on a regular basis. (For clarity, according to the study, 1.5 ounces of alcohol is the equivalent of approximately 3 alcoholic drinks.) However, if they do, a regular, daily intake of coffee could be beneficial to their health.

Even though scientists are beginning to understand the immense benefits of regular coffee consumption, they are still unclear as to why and how the components of coffee do what they do.

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