The researchers analysed the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, which included parameters of alcohol consumption and drinking patterns from 193 countries.The data showed that the cirrhosis burden caused by alcohol increased by 11.13 percent when moving from the moderate to heavy daily drinking classification.

"The presence of heavy daily drinkers in a population most significantly and independently influences the weight of alcohol in a country's cirrhosis burden," said one of the researchers Eva Stein from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.According to the WHO, excessive alcohol drinking is the most common cause of cirrhosis worldwide.Most studies assessing the prevalence of alcohol abuse as a risk factor for alcoholic cirrhosis focus on total annual amount drunk per person.

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