Sunlight and warm weather may prevent alcoholic cirrhosis

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Researchers say cold weather and fewer hours in the sun are associated with increased rates of alcoholic cirrhosis.

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Abuse of alcohol can lead to serious damage of the liver and alcoholic cirrhosis. Researchers have determined that the climate can have an effect on your risk for this condition.

Colder regions of the world and regions which have less sunshine have higher rates of alcoholic cirrhosis

The European Association for the Study of the Liver reports it has been suggested by researchers that regions of the world which are colder and which have less sunshine have higher rates of alcoholic cirrhosis. This disease is caused by excessive drinking which leads to irreversible scarring of the liver.

Alcohol abuse is a serious problem which accounts for one in twenty five deaths. Drinking coffee regularly decreases the risk of dying from cirrhosis.

There is a perception of warmth with heavy consumption of alcohol

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It has been determined by scientists that there is an association between every increase in temperature of one degree Celsius with a decrease in the fraction of cirrhosis attributable to alcohol of 3 percent. The perception of warmth with heavy consumption of alcohol and the association between depression and less sunlight hours may lead to more abuse of alcohol.

About 50 percent of all cases of liver cirrhosis are due to alcohol. Alcohol-attributable liver cirrhosis is responsible for about 493,000 deaths across the world every year, or 0.9% of deaths internationally. Alcohol is also a primary cause of liver disease, which includes liver cirrhosis.

A country's climate and geographical location have a significant influence on the burden which is seen from liver cirrhosis

Dr Neil D. Shah, who is the lead author of the study, and senior author, Dr Ramon Bataller, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, say their research has revealed that a country's climate and geographical location have a significant influence on the burden which is seen from liver cirrhosis. Rates of alcohol-attributable cirrhosis have been observed to increase as average temperatures and yearly hours of sunshine decrease and latitude increases

It has therefore been suggested that excessive drinking of alcohol to combat the cold and dark may place people at a higher risk of suffering from alcoholic cirrhosis. It therefore seems reasonable to assume that there may be a lower risk of alcoholic cirrhosis in sunny warm environments.

The American Liver Foundation reports that alcohol can damage or destroy liver cells Treatment for alcohol associated liver disease includes a healthy diet and avoidance of alcohol. Staying away from places with dark cold weather and instead spending more time in warm places with a lot of sunshine may dramatically benefit your liver.

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