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Posted on: 22-10-14
How binge drinking harms the liver

Binge drinking or heavy episodic drinking is a modern epithet for consumption of alcoholic beverages with the primary intention of becoming intoxicated by heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time.
An Indian origin researcher has come to a conclusion that some identified epigenetic protein changes that were caused due to heavy binge drinking, a rare discovery that could cure and treat alcohol-related liver ailments.

Our research has shown epigenetic modifications in the structure of protein that happens within the liver as a result of prolonged heavy binge drinking,' explained lead researcher Shivendra Shukla, Margaret Proctor Mulligan professor at the University of Missouri's School of Medicine.
The tread like DNA strands wrap around the Histones, which are the proteins that acts like a spool to compact and organize the DNA strands.

Histones are protein materials that does the function to protect the DNA and helps it function in a proper manner. Modifications due to the presence of histones occur naturally. Unnatural modifications to histones happen as a result of binge drinking.
At first it causes problems such as inflammation and damage to the cells as they get formed but at a later stage it might cause more serious diseases namely cancer and cirrhosis etc.
"If those organs are working at a lower level of function, then a whole host of physiological processes are affected as a consequence of binge drinking," as per the researchers.

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