Can Drinking More Coffee Reverse Alcohol Related Liver Damage?

Alcohol Rehab Asheville NCThere's nothing quite like waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Even those that don't drink the beverage love the smell. However, it has been an age-old controversy on whether or not coffee is beneficial for your health. Many studies show that in moderation, coffee can be a great addition to an overall healthy diet. Because it is full of oxidants and other things it can help you in your overall health quest. If you need alcohol rehab Asheville NC services that you can trust, contact Legacy Freedom.

There have been several studies done within the course of the past few years that show coffee could be a leading anecdote for liver disease. In our previous blog post, we talked about alcohol-related liver disease and the three most common types that are caused by excessive drinking. Even the most dangerous and deadly liver disease can be reversed with proper steps and acknowledgment of the disease itself. Unfortunately, those who drink alcohol excessively refrain from quitting drinking even when they find out they have a disease. This can cause acceleration and liver damage, liver cancer and, in some cases, death. However, those that learn of their disease in the early stages and quit drinking altogether can actually reverse damage and prevent  further issues.

Even those that aren't a fan of coffee might consider drinking it if the health benefits are there, right? Before you go adding multiple cups of joe to your daily diet, it's important to understand a few key factors first.

A study done in the UK showed that more than 400,000 individuals who drank two additional cups of coffee per day had close to 45% lower risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver.

As we mentioned in a previous post, cirrhosis causes the liver to harden and essentially, destroy itself. Worldwide, more than one million people die each year from this disease. Though it can be caused by hepatitis, immune disorders, and fatty liver disease that is not related to alcohol it can also be caused by excessive alcohol consumption.

In all, eight out of the nine studies showed that two extra cups of coffee per day can significantly reduce the risk of cirrhosis. Only one case in the study showed cirrhosis continually increasing instead of reducing.

According to a lead author in one study, Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University in the UK, “Cirrhosis is potentially fatal and there is no cure as such. Therefore, it is significant that the risk of developing cirrhosis may be reduced by consumption of coffee, a cheap, ubiquitous and well-tolerated beverage.”

According to, "One study, for example, found a stronger link between coffee consumption and reduced cirrhosis risk with filtered coffee than with boiled coffee. And, while the studies accounted for alcohol consumption, not all of them accounted for other cirrhosis risk factors like obesity and diabetes, the authors note in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

It should be noted that Dr. Kennedy and others in the medical field have stated numerous times that though this study shows the benefits of coffee intake and reduction of cirrhosis, it is not a green light to drink sugar-laden lattes and macchiatos two and three times a day. Those types of beverages have less coffee and could be brewed differently to affect taste. If you need alcohol rehab Asheville NC services in 2018, know that Legacy can help you. Please contact us.

You might be thinking, after reading all of this, how is it possible for coffee to reduce liver disease? While there's obviously a more complicated answer, the short reasoning is simply, antioxidants. Coffee, like tea, is very heavy in antioxidants that eradicate damaged cells within your body. They also have the ability to repair damaged cells and reduce inflammation.

But, as always, moderation is key. This means, don't use coffee as an excuse to drink as much alcohol as possible. In addition, don't assume that you can drink 6 to 10 cups of coffee a day in hopes of reversing liver damage. The antioxidants in coffee can only do so much. It won't be able to prevent damage from happening. Also, depending on how damaged your liver is already, it may only be able to reverse some of the damage, not all.

If you're concerned about liver damage or disease and whether or not your drinking habits are causing issues, consider talking with your medical doctor. If you know alcohol abuse is a problem for you or someone you know, contact Legacy Freedom. We can help you with addiction.

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