Cold, Dark Climates Raise Alcohol-Related Liver Disease Risk


People who live in colder areas of the world that get less sunlight tend to drink more alcohol than those who live in more temperate climates. So, it makes sense that those people have a higher risk of alcohol-related liver diseases, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh.

The researchers used information from the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Meteorological Organization, and other public databases for their study, which showed a correlation between lower temperatures and fewer daylight hours and higher overall alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption was determined by alcohol intake per capita, percent of the population that drinks alcohol, and incidence of binge drinking (consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time).

These environmental factors also contributed to higher rates of alcohol-related liver diseases like cirrhosis, according to the researchers. Study results were confirmed in different countries worldwide, as well as in certain areas of the United States, including Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas.

Sourced from: Hepatology