TAMIL NADU

Stress on limiting consumption of alcohol

“There has been a 50 per cent increase in the amount of alcohol consumed in the country between 2002 and 2006 and this has increased the number of deaths owing to liver diseases. This is due to greater social acceptance and affordability of alcohol and a desire to be part of the ‘happening' crowd,” said Anand Ramamurthy, consultant, gastroenterology and liver transplantation, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.

He was speaking at a programme organised here recently by the Lions Club of Puducherry and Apollo Hospitals. Dr. Ramamurthy said a normal liver is the gateway to a healthy life and one must know the facts about diseases such as hepatitis and take all precautions to avoid them.

Westernisation

Blaming “consistent westernisation” of dietary habits for a gamut of new diseases affecting the body, he said that the presence of fat impedes the normal functioning of the liver and could lead to ‘cirrhosis' and end-stage liver disease.

If detected at an early stage, a remedy could be found.

He urged the participants to limit alcohol consumption and avoid taking over-the-counter drugs along with alcohol.

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