This study was published in Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research 1986 Jun;10(3):271-3
Study title and authors:
Dietary factors and alcoholic cirrhosis.
Nanji AA, French SW.
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3526949
Nanji notes that death rates from alcoholic liver cirrhosis in many countries deviate markedly from that expected for a given per capita alcohol intake.
This study investigated the possibility that dietary factors might explain the deviation from expected and actual mortality rates in different countries. Data was gathered from 17 countries.
The study found that:
(a) High consumption of dietary cholesterol was associated with less cirrhosis.
(b) High consumption of saturated fat was associated with less cirrhosis.
(c) High consumption of polyunsaturated fat was associated with more cirrhosis.
This study suggests that both saturated fat and dietary cholesterol protect against alcoholic cirrhosis while polyunsaturated fats promote cirrhosis.