Greater risk of ascitic cirrhosis in females in relation to alcohol consumption

Int J Epidemiol. 1984 Mar;13(1):53-7. doi: 10.1093/ije/13.1.53.


The risk of ascitic cirrhosis increases with average daily consumption of alcoholic beverages, both in males and in females. For the latter, however, the curve is much steeper, indicating a greater risk for the female liver, with the disease occurring earlier in life. Health implications are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking*
  • Ascites / etiology
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Female
  • France
  • Humans
  • Liver Cirrhosis, Alcoholic / epidemiology*
  • Liver Cirrhosis, Alcoholic / etiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Factors