Did you know coffee may protect liver from alcohol damage?

Well, it seems like you don’t need to worry as much about the number of drinks you had last weekend if you’re keeping you’re drinking enough coffee each day.  A new study shows that drinking coffee could reduce the kind of liver damage that’s associated with overindulging in alcohol.  Here’s the lowdown.

The research that includes over 430,000 participants, shows that drinking an additional 2 cups of coffee each day lowers the risk of developing liver cirrhosis.  Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University in Britain, the lead study author says, “Cirrhosis is potentially fatal and there is no cure as such. Therefore, it is significant that the risk of developing cirrhosis may be reduced by consumption of coffee, a cheap, ubiquitous and well-tolerated beverage.”

In the study, the risk of getting cirrhosis was reduced as the participants in the study consumption of coffee climbed.  This disease kills more than one million people each year worldwide and can be caused by numerous health issues such as hepatitis infections, alchohol abuse, immune disorders, in addition to fatty liver disease, which is tied to obesity and diabetes.

It’s important to remember, the study only accounted for alcohol consumption, not other health risk factors mentioned above.  In addition, there is no detail in exactly what type of beans or if the brewing method plays a role; and this study doesn’t mean you should load up on sugary coffee drinks by any means.  “Coffee is a complex mixture containing hundreds of chemical compounds, and it is unknown which of these is responsible for protecting the liver,” Kennedy said.

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-NBC News.com was our source for this post.