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Sobering facts about wine, women and liver disease

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  • Last year, the number of patients hospitalized for alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver rose 23%.
  • From 1999 to 2017, the number of women’s deaths involving alcohol increased 85%, while men’s deaths related to alcohol increased 35%, according to National Institutes of Health data.
  • Alcohol use disorder among women rose 84% from 2001 to 2013, while high-risk drinking among women—defined as more than three drinks in a day or more than seven in a week—jumped 58% over the same time period.

More women are drinking more alcohol

How alcohol hurts your liver

  • Sedentary lifestyles and the resulting increase in obesity
  • Fatty liver disease, which makes the liver more easily damaged by alcohol
  • Higher rates of drinking by women
  • Excessive and pathologic drinking (using alcohol to relieve emotional tension or stress)

Understanding moderate alcohol use

The health risks of drinking

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