No matter what your answer when someone says, “Pick your poison”--beer, wine, whatever--just make sure you follow it up the next morning with a strong cup of coffee. No, we’re not talking about banishing hangover headaches here, although that is a nice additional benefit.
The bracing beverage can actually help prevent cirrhosis (liver tissue scarring that can be caused by excessive drinking), according to a recent Alimentry Pharmacology and Therapeutics review. After looking at the association between risk of cirrhosis and increase in cups of coffee consumed per day in a total of nine past studies, the review found that increasing your daily joe habit by two cups could cut your risk of the disease almost in half.
Although alcohol consumption isn’t the only cause of the disease, it might just be worth picking up a coffee habit to protect yourself. As of now there is no known way to reverse liver damage. Just skip the sugar-loaded stuff, or you’ll just be trading one health risk for another.
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