Monday, July 20, 2009

Is wine good for the liver?

65. While it is common knowledge that alcohol abuse leads to cirrhosis of the liver, this next item on our count up to 101 healthy reasons to drink wine reveals that in the right amounts wine is actually a good thing for liver health. A condition know as "Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease" or NAFLD is becoming more prevalent and is one of a spectrum of conditions that may lead to cirrhosis. Doctors used to assume that NAFLD patients were simply concealing their heavy drinking. It turns out that the incidence of NAFLD is lowest among wine drinkers, being equal in nondrinkers and spirits drinkers.

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