PHEWEEEE. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. It’s New Year’s Day and even with a marginally fuzzy head from our lovely New Year’s Eve party last night I was dreading the prospect of a month off the alcohol. January is depressing enough without being allowed to have a glass of wine here and there and then just this morning there is an article all about the pointlessness of complete abstention. Much better says the liver experts to not drink a couple of days a week. So that’s good then. Maybe that’s what I’ll do instead. Shouldn’t be quite so difficult to achieve.
Experts agree that a short period of complete abstinence will not improve liver health and that a longer-term attitude to alcohol is more desirable, the charity said. “You’re better off making a resolution to take a few days off alcohol a week throughout the entire year than remaining abstinent for January only.”
The thinking behind this approach is that total alcohol intake per person is kept down and the liver is given time to recover each week. Providing the liver has no lasting damage, it can repair itself very quickly, taking as little as 24 hours to go back to normal. “It makes about as much sense as maxing out your credit cards and overdraft all year, then thinking you can fix it by just eating toast in January. The figures just don’t stack up,” said Dr Wright.
The British Liver Trust is launching a campaign called ‘Love Your Liver’ to encourage people to maintain a healthy liver.
As part of the campaign, it also advises eating well and exercising regularly.
“If you are overweight you increase your risk of liver disease by three times if you drink alcohol too.
“Cutting down on your daily food indulgences and not overloading on sugary drinks will all help to optimise your liver function,” the Trust’s website says.