More robust longitudinal approaches have been used to explore this issue, generally finding significant associations between changes in population consumption and changes in liver disease mortality Skog, Ramstedt used aggregate data from 14 European countries over a year period, finding significant relationships between per capita consumption and liver cirrhosis mortality in 13 with Norway as the exception.
When these results were pooled based on drinking patterns, they showed stronger relationships in Northern European countries where drinking is more oriented towards intoxication than in Southern European countries Ramstedt, Album), Similar studies have found significant relationships between population consumption and cirrhosis mortality in Canada Ramstedt, and Eastern Europe Ramstedt, Researchers have also analysed beverage-specific associations with liver cirrhosis, with the aim of assessing whether the consumption of particular beverages was specifically related to cirrhosis mortality.
A study of 50 states in the USA found that only spirits consumption was associated with cirrhosis mortality not wine or beer Gruenewald and Ponicki, a. Similarly, time series analysis of the association between alcohol consumption and cirrhosis mortality in the USA from to showed that the consumption of spirits has a stronger association than wine and beer consumption with cirrhosis mortality Roizen and Kerr, In a study of five predominantly beer-drinking countries, Kerr et al.
In contrast, a recent study from the UK found that Album) in wine consumption appeared to be a driver of recent increases in cirrhosis mortality Mills, Individual-level studies have not often examined whether particular beverages are more or less risky for liver disease, although one study did find lesser effects for wine consumption Becker et al.
Along with beverage-specific effects, there has been significant research into the influence of gender on the association between alcohol consumption and cirrhosis. The risk of cirrhosis increases with daily alcohol consumption in both men and women, but, at a given level of consumption, women have a higher risk of liver disease than men Tuyns and Pequignot, A meta-analysis of 15 population cohort studies indicated that the same amount of alcohol consumption was associated with a greater risk of liver cirrhosis in women than men Rehm et al.
At the aggregate level, the relationship is less clear, not least because per capita alcohol consumption cannot be broken down into male and female consumption. Mann et al. In contrast, there was little difference in the effects for males and females in Canada Ramstedt, Given that men drink at least two thirds of the total alcohol, this implies a much steeper risk curve for women.
The disparities of gender and beverage-specific effects on cirrhosis rates in previous studies are likely due to considerable variation in consumption and drinking patterns across different historical periods and regions.
Cirrhosis mortality rates may be influenced by other factors beyond total alcohol consumption. Changes in drinking patterns and other risk factors over time may mean that the population-level link between per capita consumption and liver disease mortality is not stable. There is some evidence to support this. A correlational study of annual alcohol consumption and cirrhosis mortality in Australia showed that the relationship was systematically stronger in — than it was in — Rankin et al.
A further complication in Australia has been the significant increase in hepatitis C virus infection from the s through to around Razali et al. Liver disease mortality is high among people with HCV infections. For example, a recent study of an HCV cohort in Australia estimated a standardized liver disease mortality rate of It Album) worth noting that nearly half of these deaths would be due to alcoholic liver disease, suggesting that the relationship between HCV and liver disease mortality is heavily influenced by alcohol consumption.
As is apparent from this brief review, population-level studies of the association between alcohol and cirrhosis mortality include a large number of countries.
However, while there have been previous Australian studies looking at homicide Ramstedt, and at all-cause mortality Livingston and Wilkinson, Album),there have been no specific studies of Australian liver disease data. One previous study has examined this relationship with modern time series analyses using some Australian data Kerr et al. Against this backdrop, the main aim of this paper is to estimate the relationship between total and beverage-specific alcohol consumption and liver disease mortality in Australia from to Our study extends this previous work by: using a much longer time series 71 years rather than 40 yearsexploring the differential relationships by gender and exploring the variability in the relationship over time.
Our results are presented in a comparative framework with previous international studies, to assess whether the links between alcohol consumption and liver disease mortality in Australia differ from those found elsewhere. A proxy for per capita alcohol consumption was constructed using data on the sale of alcohol sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS.
From — onwards, these data came from a recent synthesis of historical data ABS,while data from earlier years were extracted manually from the relevant yearbooks e. Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics,and converted from gallons or proof gallons to litres of pure alcohol. Mortality data were provided by the AIHW, based on historical death certificate data. Liver disease rates remained fairly stable in Australia from through to the late s, before increasing sharply for 15 years and then declining gradually after a peak in around Fig.
These trends are broadly similar to those seen for total alcohol consumption Fig. Trends in pure alcohol consumption per inhabitant age 15 years and above in total and for spirits, wine and beer in Australia from to To analyse whether the association between alcohol consumption and liver disease mortality was affected by recent increases in HCV infection rates or changes in drinking patterns, data were further broken down into two time periods, broadly based on the estimated prevalence of HCV.
The lag time between HCV incidence and cirrhosis is estimated as at least 15 years Razali et al. Thus, we run the same models from to and from to to determine whether the link between alcohol consumption and liver disease mortality has altered in recent years.
To estimate the association between per capita alcohol consumption and liver disease mortality, the autoregressive integrated moving average ARIMA modelling technique was employed. ARIMA models require stationary time series to reduce the risk of obtaining a spurious relation between two series that have common trends Ramstedt, Furthermore, the error term that includes explanatory variables not considered in the model is allowed to have a temporal structure that is modelled and estimated in terms of autoregressive or moving average parameters Stickley et al.
Furthermore, a composite consumption measure was used that is a weighted sum of past and present observations based on the selected lag length. This approach builds in the lagged effects of consumption, with higher weights placed on more recent years. In this study, a semi-log ARIMA model was selected, as the risk of liver disease is a convex function of alcohol intake.
Dummy variables were included in initial models to assess the impact of changes in coding practices, but there were no significant effects on mortality rates, so they were excluded from the final models. Hence the final model can be written as follows:. For the whole time period tothe results of five separate models are reported: for the effects of total alcohol consumption; for the effects of Cirrhosis - Alcoholic Death Noise (CD beverage type controlling for the effects of the other two types in a combined analysis; and three models where the effect of each beverage type is measured separately.
These five analyses are then repeated for each of the periods — and — The robustness of the models derived in this study was checked via the serial correlation Lagrange multiplier LM test of 12 lags, Jarque—Bera test for normality of residuals and Box—Ljung test of the first 10 autocorrelations.
The ADF unit root test was carried out to test for stationarity in all the time series used. Estimated effects of weighted alcohol consumption on overall, male and female cirrhosis mortality in Australia from to a.
We used the same weighted lag structure for the overall beverage-specific model as that used in overall estimation above. It is clear that spirits consumption had the strongest association with liver disease mortality over the full study period. The estimates indicate that females were impacted more than males by increasing spirits consumption at the aggregate level.
As with the combined model, a strong positive impact of spirits consumption on mortality and a non-significant relationship between wine consumption and mortality was found. Estimated effects of weighted per capita alcohol consumption on overall cirrhosis mortality in Australia in pre-HCV-influencing period — and HCV-influencing period — a. For these analyses, we have simply examined the alcohol and mortality relationship in two different periods to see whether the relationship differs between the two time periods.
This might be expected given, for example, the increase in HCV-related liver disease after However, the relationship between spirits consumption and liver disease mortality was non-significant in the last three decades, while beer consumption was significantly linked with mortality.
These changes may be due to shifts in people's drinking preferences and the increased role of non-alcohol causes in liver cirrhosis mortality, particularly the sharp increase in hepatitis C prevalence over recent decades. The shift from spirits to beer as the most significant beverage associated with liver disease mortality suggests that the heaviest drinkers in Australia may have shifted from spirits to beer in the last quarter of the twentieth century.
The association between per capita alcohol consumption and the mortality rate of cirrhosis has been estimated in a number of studies internationally. All these studies used the same basic methodological approach, ARIMA time series models with geometric lag schemes. It is noted that the impact of changes in per capita consumption appears to be slightly larger on female liver disease in Australia, while in Canada, Northern, Central and Eastern Europe, males have a higher risk of cirrhosis when aggregate alcohol consumption increases.
A comparison of Australian and international studies in alcohol consumption effect on total, male and female cirrhosis mortality rates. Recent research shows startling statistics of a rise in cirrhosis deaths in younger age groups.
Read on to learn how much is too much, and how to prevent cirrhosis. How Much Is Too Much? There are very clear guidelines set forth by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, which outline that moderate drinking for men is no more than Cirrhosis - Alcoholic Death Noise (CD drinks per day, with never more than five in a sitting. For women, drinking in moderation is one drink per day, never to exceed four in one period.
This level of moderate drinking does not cause health problems—to the contrary, drinking small amounts in moderation has been connected to the prevention of hypertension and heart disease. Recent statistics show an increase in deaths from cirrhosis in the 25 to 34 age group. Cirrhosis is a serious disease long associated with career alcoholics, as it is a permanent liver disease. When you begin to drink alcoholically, as in a large quantity of alcohol each day or most days of the week, each drink begins to harm your liver.
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