A new study revealed that drinking coffee may reduce the liver damage associated with drinking… other things, including beer, wine and spirits. A study conducted at Southampton University in the UK found that those who consumed 2 or more cups of coffee each day were 44% less likely to develop cirrhosis than those who drank less. Cirrhosis is not only caused by alcohol consumption, but excessive drinking is strongly linked to it, along with hepatitis infections and other immune disorders.
In all but one study [analyzed by researchers], the risk of cirrhosis continued to decline as daily cups of coffee climbed. Compared to no coffee consumption, researchers estimated one cup a day was tied to a 22% lower risk of cirrhosis. With two cups, the risk dropped by 43%, while it declined 57% for three cups and 65% with four cups.
The researchers were not able to reach a clear finding on what type of coffee yielded the best results, though one study in particular indicated that filtered coffee was better than boiled coffee. And, of course, the researchers looked at consumption of coffee either black or with a moderate amount of milk/sugar added to it, not lattes and other milk-forward beverages.