Meetings at Starbucks? –
Sept. 3, 2020 – That’s one of the key findings of a new study led by the Centenary Institute, an independent medical research body affiliated to the University of Sydney, in conjunction with the GenomALC Consortium, a collaboration between a number of research groups worldwide.
The aim of the study was to identify risks associated with cirrhosis in heavy drinkers and to gain insights into ways to help prevent or reduce cirrhosis in people whose drinking puts them at risk.
The lead author of the study, which was published in the science journal American Journal of Gastroenterology, is Dr John Whitfield from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.
Dr Whitfield said the study found evidence an increased risk of developing alcohol-induced cirrhosis could be inherited, especially from fathers.
“Our study showed that the risk of cirrhosis was significantly increased in individuals if the father was a chronic alcohol user and had died from liver disease,” he added.