High alcohol intake ups chronic liver disease risk among overweight people

Washington: The harmful combination of high alcohol intake and high body mass index (BMI) causes an increased risk of chronic liver disease, a new study has found.

The study analysed a cohort of over 107,000 women to investigate how a female`s weight and alcohol consumption affected their chances of suffering and dying from chronic liver disease.

EASL`s Scientific Committee Member Dr. Daniele Prati said this research involved a large study to investigate the combined influence of a person`s alcoholic intake and BMI on the liver.

Dr. Prati said, "It`s well known that alcohol and a person`s weight are major causes of chronic liver disease however there has been a need for a large population study to compare these factors` influences on each other. Interestingly, the research found the combination of a woman`s drinking habits and weight has an important effect on liver health and life expectancy."

More than 107,000 women across the United Kingdom who took part in the study were classed with a low or high BMI (

Dr. Prati said, "These findings will have a significant impact on how we can help millions of people across the world at risk of developing liver disease."

"Women are at particular risk as they are twice as sensitive as men to alcohol related liver damage and developing a more severe form of the disease at lower doses with shorter durations of alcohol consumption," she said.