Just in case you needed another reason to defend your excessive daily intake of coffee and alcohol, a new study has been published which claims people who drink more coffee have a significantly lower risk of developing cirrhosis, a potentially fatal liver disease caused by drinking too much booze!
While we always knew that coffee and alcohol both solve problems, researchers from Southampton University in the U.K. found evidence that drinking up to two cups of coffee per day could potentially undo liver damage caused by alcohol, and decrease chances of developing cirrhosis by a whopping 44 percent.
In order to arrive at this conclusion, researchers analyzed nine previous studies that included over 430,000 participants. In eight of the nine studies, researchers found that when daily consumption of coffee increased, the risk of developing cirrhosis decreased. One cup a day was linked to a 22 percent decreased risk of the liver disease, while four cups a day was linked to a 65 percent decreased risk.
While the numbers are impressive, researchers from Southampton University claim that since coffee is a complex mixture containing hundreds of chemical compounds, they’re unable to determine which ones are responsible for protecting the liver. They also stated that drinking coffee is unfortunately not the answer to excessive alcohol abuse.
Since cirrhosis is responsible for more than one million deaths each year and there is no cure, two cups of coffee per day sounds like the most enjoyable remedy we'd gladly take part in!