Think you should never prescribe alcohol to NAFLD patients? Think again

It’s that time of year — the time to worry about how much weight you’ll gain over December and how sloshed auntie will be by 5pm on Christmas Day.

Christmas drinks

On those two topics, would you advise patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to drink more booze, or less?

In a letter published in Hepatology last month, four Australian liver transplant specialists raise the suggestion of prescribing alcohol therapeutically to patients with NAFLD.

Before you ask, this isn’t a Christmas piss-take.