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Parents, Your Coffee Addiction May Be Balancing Your Wine Habit

The Short of It

Attention parents who live on coffee and wine (ahem, me): A new study says drinking your morning (and afternoon) java may actually help reverse the effects of alcohol. Cheers!

The Lowdown

Researchers in the U.K. have determined that guzzling more coffee has a beneficial impact on liver damage associated with sipping too much wine and beer. Specifically, after looking at 430,000 people involved in previous studies, it was found that drinking two more cups of Joe resulted in a 44 percent lower risk of developing cirrhosis. In fact, the risk for the liver disease decreased as consumption of "magic in a mug" increased. With three cups per day, the risk went down by 57 percent, and by the time participants hit four cups of java, their risk was diminished by a whopping 65 percent.

"Cirrhosis is potentially fatal, and there is no cure as such. Therefore, it is significant that the risk of developing cirrhosis may be reduced by consumption of coffee, a cheap, ubiquitous and well-tolerated beverage," the study's lead author Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University explained to the New York Post.

Obviously, this study isn't advocating heavy drinking. And as Kennedy notes, the study was not able to identify exactly why more lattes are beneficial for one's cirrhosis risk: "Coffee is a complex mixture containing hundreds of chemical compounds, and it is unknown which of these is responsible for protecting the liver."

The Upshot

Drinking coffee has been found to have beneficial effects on overall health and may even lower the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, so there's seemingly no reason to shy away from a refill at Starbucks (unless you're already way too overcaffeinated or pregnant). Drinking wine, especially red, in moderation has also been associated with a healthy lifestyle, although the CDC recently recommended that women who aren't on birth control refrain from alcohol completely.

But moms who aren't TTC and like to unwind with a glass of wine at night and then wake up to an oversized mug of cinnamon roast are apparently really onto something!

What's your reaction to this study?

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