It has long been customary to associate such a terrible disease as cirrhosis of the liver, with the use of alcohol. This was claimed by doctors, and after them, and all the rest. And what is interesting is that few people were embarrassed by the facts that disproved such a pernicious effect of alcohol on a person’s liver. For example, it was not clear why, in animal experiments with pure alcohol, it was almost impossible to cause liver cirrhosis.
Curious were the results of a comprehensive study conducted in China in 1990 under the guidance of the famous scientist Chen Yunshi. The inhabitants of the Celestial Empire did not find even a hint of the destructive effect of alcohol on the liver.
Pathologists of several European countries confirmed this, saying that the post-mortem diagnosis of liver cirrhosis was a rarity for people who suffered from chronic alcoholism.
If the cause of cirrhosis is not alcohol, then what? Scientists have identified a general pattern in cirrhosis: in both alcoholics and non-drinkers, an excessively high copper content is found in the liver.
It should be noted that by itself this metal is not some fiend of hell. Moreover, in moderate doses, it is vital for the body. And for a healthy adult, even an increased intake of copper into the body usually does not have negative consequences, since its digestibility is limited.
The problem for chronic alcoholics is that the peculiarities of the physiology of their body change very significantly – it begins to absorb copper intensively. If the intake of copper in the body is within the normal range, then there is no particular trouble. But when the “heavily consuming” goes to the substandard production of low-quality drinks, the channels of copper intake in the body expand.
Back in 1911, the Swiss professor Garthwihh explained briefly and clearly why this happens: “During fermentation, along with alcohol, a certain amount of acetic acid is always formed, which in the distillation process dissolves part of the copper from commonly used copper pipes for cooling.”
Fortunately for alcoholics, in most developed countries, in factories producing legal drinks, cooling pipes (“coils”), previously made of copper or brass (alloy containing 50% copper), were replaced with high-grade stainless steel pipes.