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Advancing alcoholic hepatitis research

from NIAAA

Breakthroughs in neuroscience have firmly established our understanding of alcohol use disorder as a chronic brain disease. But when it comes to the adverse health effects of alcohol, the brain is not the only game in town. Drinking too much — on a single occasion or over time — can take a serious toll on just about every organ in the body. The liver is perhaps the most familiar of the nonbrain targets of alcohol-related harm. As the chief organ responsible for metabolizing alcohol, the liver is especially vulnerable to alcohol-related injury. In the United States, nearly half of liver disease deaths involve alcohol. more

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