When the first coffee shops were opened in London in the 17th Century, many people were told by their doctors to drink coffee instead of alcohol.
We not know that coffee actually protects the liver from the effects of alcohol, particularly liver cirrhosis. A study in 2006, in the US, examined the relationship between alcohol, tea and coffee. While it was found that tea has little effect on protecting the liver, coffee can reduce the effects by up to 80%, if you drink four or more cups of tea a day.
The study, carried out in California, found that of the 125,580 participants, 330 had liver cancer by 2001 and 199 of these were due to heavy drinking. The overall message is that, although coffee will help protect your liver, the advice of the 17th Century doctors is still valid.
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