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Alcohol and the Liver

James L. Achord
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 2 Number 2: Page 16 (April 1995)

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Abstract: The effects of alcohol on the structure and function of the liver are independent of nutritional status. A diet high in protein and nonalcohol calories cannot protect against alcoholic liver disease, but poor nutrition can worsen its effects, as is true of many other disorders. Alcohol interferes with plasma protein and triglyceride sythesis and secretion by liver cells. it also induces fibrotic changes that raise portal ressure and further hamper protein secretion. The high incidence of hepatitis C virus infection in patients with alcoholic liver disease complicates the picture.

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