Even a few drinks can make fatty liver disease worse

Study suggests abstinence may be the best option for these patients

Patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) may still need to avoid alcohol if they want to prevent more severe liver damage, a Korean study suggests.

The researchers examined data from almost 60,000 young and middle-aged adults with NAFLD who had low levels of fibrosis.

After following half of these patients for at least 8.3 years, 5630 people had progressed from low to more advanced levels of fibrosis.

Moderate drinkers were 29% more likely to have worse fibrosis by the end of the study than those who didn't drink at all.

Men were considered moderate drinkers when they had up to about two drinks a day, while women could have up to about 1.5 drinks daily.

But "light drinkers" who averaged less than 10 grams of alcohol (less than one drink) daily were also 6% more likely to have their fibrosis become more advanced than people who