Alcohol abstinence can substantially lower a person’s risk of developing liver cancer, fatty liver disease, and cirrhosis of the liver. There is a confirmed correlation between excessive alcohol consumption and a high risk of developing these conditions; in fact, one in five heavy drinkers will develop alcoholic hepatitis, and one in four of those will develop cirrhosis.
While a daily intake of 20 grams of alcohol per day for women and 60 grams per day for men is enough to increase the risk of liver disease, higher rates of alcohol consumption (over 80 grams per day) tend to correlate with more severe complications. To put this in perspective, 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor contain 12-14 grams of alcohol. Conversely, avoiding alcohol entirely can lead to significant, long-term risk reduction.
Obesity is another important risk factor for increased risk of liver cancer. It can lead to fatty liver disease, and this can accelerate scarring of the liver. An important facet of good liver health is nutrition and exercise.
Our specialists at Texas Liver Tumor Center can help provide:
- Nutritional support
- Weight loss guidance
- Treatment of underlying liver disorders
For more information about how alcohol abstinence can help you reduce your risk of liver disease, contact Texas Liver Tumor Center today at 210-743-4306.