Bad Liquor Causes Liver Disease (Jul, 1932)

Bad Liquor Causes Liver Disease

A DANGEROUS liver disease accompanied by the deposit of iron compounds in the skin is believed to be caused by drinking liquor containing copper from the stills used by incompetent distillers.

Physicians have long recognized a condition called hemochromatosis in which the cells of the liver are killed or damaged; resulting, among other things, in the partial destruction of the red corpuscles. The red iron compound of these corpuscles is then changed chemically into other compounds which may be deposited in the skin, turning it bronze in color.

7 comments
  1. Tim says: January 11, 20101:22 pm

    Good liquor causes pregnancy..

  2. blokeice says: January 12, 20108:41 am

    “Good liquor causes pregnancy..”

    Actualy this article is correct. Though you would have to consume a whole lot of copper for it to be a problem in most people

  3. jayessell says: January 12, 20108:58 am

    I thought it was Lead that was the dangerous contaminant.

  4. Rick Auricchio says: January 12, 20101:45 pm

    I believe lead is toxic in smaller amounts than copper, and because it was present in paint, gasoline, and plumbing solder it is more prevalent in the environment.

    This article’s 1932 date is about a year before the US repealed Prohibition (of alcohol), which began in 1920.

    For an amusing lyric, see Irving Berlin’s 1920 tune “C-U-B-A.” http://www.oldielyrics….

  5. Arthur Washburn says: June 20, 20103:11 am

    Alcohol in ANY form is bad for the liver.

  6. JMyint says: June 20, 20107:18 am

    Small amounts of alcohol are not bad for you.

    http://www.mayoclinic.c…

    However during Prohibition the government poisoned alcohol to scare people away from drinking.

    http://www.slate.com/id…

    Prohibition was perhaps the single most ill conceived social experiment and we are still suffering the after effects.

  7. Firebrand38 says: June 20, 20108:50 am

    Arthur Washburn: Not really at least according to Johns Hopkins

    “As the name implies, alcoholic liver disease is liver injury attributed to alcohol abuse. The majority of Americans manage to drink alcohol without serious consequences. Research suggests, however, that liver disease may begin to develop after a “threshold” dose of alcohol has been consumed—generally assumed to be four drinks a day (four 12 ounces beers, four glasses of wine, or four ounces of hard liquor) for men, and one half that quantity for women. Nearly everyone who consumes this amount or more will have some evidence of liver injury, although less than 50% will develop serious liver disease.”

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