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    Coffee May Protect Liver From Alcohol: Study
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    Espresso pours from a portafilter at Colson Patisserie on February 22, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. A recently released study found that drinking two cups of coffee a day decreases one's chance of developing liver cirrhosis by 44 percent.

    Drinking more coffee might help reduce the kind of liver damage that's associated with overindulging in food and alcohol, a review of existing studies suggests, NBC News reported.

    Researchers analyzed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more than 430,000 participants and found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44 percent lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis.

    "Cirrhosis is potentially fatal and there is no cure as such," said lead study author Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University in Britain.

    Cirrhosis kills more than one million people every year worldwide. It can be caused by hepatitis infections, excessive alcohol consumption, immune disorders, and fatty liver disease, which is tied to obesity and diabetes.

    Kennedy and colleagues did a pooled analysis of average coffee consumption across earlier studies to see how much adding two additional cups each day might influence the odds of liver disease.