Focus on: Alcohol and the liver

Gyongyi Szabo, Pranoti Mandrekar

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Thirty-five years ago Charles Lieber and colleagues (1975) published a seminal article in liver research, showing that alcohol itself is the primary cause for the higher prevalence of liver disease seen in alcoholic patients and not dietary deficiencies and malnutrition that often accompany alcoholism. Their groundbreaking research dispelled previously held theories that alcohol was not a major cause of liver damage and led to several decades of study of the deleterious effects of alcohol and its metabolism on the liver. Since that early study, clinical and experimental studies have continued to show a firm connection between high amounts of alcohol consumption and liver disease. This article tracks advances in alcoholrelated liver disease research over the past 40 years and describes how these discoveries are helping scientists to gain insight into therapeutic targets that may help to combat this lifethreatening disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-96
Number of pages10
JournalAlcohol Research and Health
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 20 2010



  • Alcohol metabolism
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Alcoholism
  • Alcoholrelated liver injury
  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Liver
  • Liver disease
  • Steatosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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Szabo, G., & Mandrekar, P. (2010). Focus on: Alcohol and the liver. Alcohol Research and Health, 33(1-2), 87-96.