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 (<25 or = 25) and a low or high alcohol intake (between 0-15 or over 15 units per week). BMI is a measure for human body shape based on an individual`s weight and height, with people scoring = 25 classified as overweight. The study found risk was significantly increased in the group of women with a high BMI and high alcohol intake, with these participants more likely to suffer from chronic liver disease.
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