From the clinic to the wine shop - alcohol can reduce liver inflammation

The next time you're in your local wine shop, you'll have a new health benefit to think about - and it could be one you'd never have expected to be true.

According to a study published in the Journal of Hepatology, modest alcohol intake can actually reduce inflammation of the liver in some people.

Patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease were studied - a group at risk of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, and often advised to avoid alcohol completely after diagnosis.

However, the researchers found that an alcohol intake of up to 20 grams per day, with no binge drinking, could be linked with reduced inflammation of the liver in the participants.

That's enough for a little more than two units of alcohol by UK standards, enough to enjoy a medium glass of wine a day, and certainly enough if you're sharing a bottle of 12% abv between four people over a meal.

Red wine has previously been associated with improved cardiovascular health, and white wine with improved lung function - so the next time you head to the wine shop, you could be doing your body a favour.