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The Truth About Liver Disease

I didn't know this but many victims of liver disease are not alcoholics. Even people who are casual drinkers could risk damaging their liver. And people who never drink alcohol could still have serious liver problems.

There are actually more than 100 liver diseases. The American Liver Association says that drinking alcohol can affect your liver, but it's not the only thing.

Other causes include viruses, hereditary defects, and reactions to drugs and chemicals. Scientists are still investigating the causes for the most serious liver diseases.

Most doctors will agree that 1 drink a day, or less, is a good amount for a woman. For men, it's 2 drinks or less a day. Of course 1 drink doesn't mean 1 humongous glass - a standard drink is one 12-ounce beer, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or one 1.5-ounce shot of liquor. Each of these drinks contain about 1/2 an ounce of alcohol.

Obviously you'll be better off steering clear of alcoholic beverages entirely. But moderation definitely comes into play here - just keep your liver's health in mind. And if you know you have liver problems in your family, you may want to think twice about finishing off that bottle of wine.

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