Alcohol consumption in late adolescence associated with an increased risk of liver disease
A new study from Sweden published in the Journal of Hepatology found that men who drank alcohol in their late teens are more susceptible to developing liver disease in later life. The study analyzed data from more than 49,000 men recruited for military service between 1969 and 1970.
The men aged between 18 and 20 were followed up until 2009, using the National Patient Register and the Causes of Death Register. Data was adjusted for relevant factors including smoking habits, BMI, use of drugs and cognitive and cardiovascular health.
The men who drank alcohol in late adolescence had an elevated risk of developing severe liver disease in later life, 2 alcoholic drinks per day (20g) were associated with this elevated risk. The researchers also found a risk for lower levels of around 6g a day.
NOTE: The study was conducted by the Center for Digestive Diseases of the Division of Hepatology, based at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm Sweden.