Is Wine Bad For Our Liver?
My answer to this question relates to 'alcohol'-related potential harm to the liver, and not specifically related to wine. Wine typically contains between 12-14% alcohol, which is different to that of beer or spirits. Regular light to moderate alcohol drinking generally does not significantly affect or change liver function. Continuous heavy or excessive alcohol drinking, typically for more than 10 years does, however, produce significant changes in liver function, which are related to the capacity of the liver to breakdown alcohol and other foods and drugs. In general, the amount and pattern of alcohol consumed determines the risk and degree of liver damage, although the amount of alcohol it takes to damage the liver varies greatly among individuals, which may reflect gender, genetic and socio-economic differences (Cichoz-Lach et al. 2006a, 2006b, 2007, Stokkeland et al. 2008). It has been suggested that binge drinking, for example, is less associated with the development of alcoholic liver cirrhosis than regular heavy or excessive alcohol drinking (Stokkeland et al. 2008, Hatton et al. 2009). Basically, however, the more you drink, the greater the risk of liver damage (Rehm et al Continue reading >>