Although most people would use coffee to sober up after a hard night's partying, it's also got a few more benefits beyond waking you up.

A research study by Southampton University has found that drinking an additional two cups of coffee per day was linked to a 44% reduction in the chances of developing cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis of the liver is caused by overindulging in food and alcohol or hepatitis infections and kills over 1,000,000 people per year.

Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University, one of the study's authors, said that coffee is "a complex mixture containing hundreds of chemical compounds, and it is unknown which of these is responsible for protecting the liver."

The study analysed data from nine previous studies of over 400,000 participants and arrived at its results. Currently, there is no known cure for cirrhosis, however Dr. Kennedy said that knocking back lattes and frothy coffees wasn't going to undo any systematic damage to liver already caused.


Via Reuters