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Viewpoint: "Alcohol Consumption in Late Adolescence is Associated With an Increased Risk of Severe Liver Disease Later in Life"

Adriana Tamburello, Marco Marando, Stefano Bellentani

Abstract

Drinking alcohol during adolescence predispose to severe liver disease in the adult phase. This is the main message of this prospective study. Each daily gram of alcohol men consumed in their youth was linked with a two percent increase in the risk of severe liver disease. No threshold level emerged for liver damage and this is a warning for all the sociologists and politics. New legiferation and educational campaigns addressed to young people, with particular attention to the access to alcohol, prices and advertising are necessary.

Key words. ALD (alcoholic Liver Disease), Adolescence, Epidemiology, Alcohol Intake

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The Official Journal of the Mexican Association of Hepatology, the Latin-American Association for the Study of the Liver and the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver

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