After the excess enjoyed by many over the festive period, opting for a temporary abstinence now will make little difference to liver health.
The Trust is instead advising the public to avoid alcohol for a few days a week, all year round. This is based on the idea that the liver should be given time to recover after alcohol intake each week.
The liver is thought to take as little as 24 hours to recover completely, providing there is no severe damage.
Chief executive of the British Liver Trust, Andrew Langford, has said: “People think they’re virtuous with their health by embarking on a liver detox each January with the belief that they are cleansing their liver of excess following the festive break.”
However, liver health should be addressed as a long-term issue, and not as something that can be rectified over a space of four weeks.
Dr Mark Wright of Southampton General Hospital has warned against the quick-fix mentality of detox diets. They encourage a binge-like cycle of indulgence and abstinence that is incredibly unhealthily for both the body and the mind.
The British Liver Trust is launching a campaign called ‘Love Your Liver’, designed to encourage the public to take care of their livers by eating well and exercising regularly.
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