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Alcohol Induced Liver Disease Drives Higher Mortality Risk

Posted in Research

The individual who chooses to consume large amounts of alcohol over many years also makes the choice to invite the consequences of that choice. One such consequence can often be liver disease. And, while some individuals can develop liver problems without ever touching a drop of alcohol, research suggests when alcohol is the cause, aggression in the disease is certain.

A recent Science Daily release focused on a study that examined the prognosis for patients who had been hospitalized for liver diseases. The study examined data covering the period from 1969 to 2006 and sought to determine differences in mortality and complications between patients with non-alcoholic liver disease and those with alcoholic liver disease.

Surprisingly, this study determined that despite the much advancement in diagnostic and treatment options for liver disease over the last 40 years, those who suffered as a result of alcohol-induced liver disease had shown no improvement in their general prognosis.

Researchers highlight that the key difference between alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver disease is the presence of alcohol dependence (AD). Nearly all patients with liver disease as a result of alcohol have AD. In addition to the increased risk of liver disease, AD also increases the risks of severe psychiatric diseases, social problems and even being a smoker.

AD is also known to inhibit an individual’s ability to stay sober, which can stop the progression of the disease. The overall conclusion from this study showed that individuals with alcohol driven liver disease have a much higher mortality risk than those suffering liver disease without an alcohol influence.