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Give Liver a Break with Alcohol-free Days

Friday, 28 October 2011 10:55 AM EDT

For men and woman who enjoy a daily drink, U.K. doctors recommend allowing the liver time to recover, in the form of two or three days per week on the wagon.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said the liver needs time to recover, even after the ingestion of small amounts of alcohol. People who drink every day are at a higher risk of liver disease than those who drink less frequently, said the RCP.

The group recommends a limit of 0-21 drinks per week for men and 0-14 drinks per week for women.

“Provided the total amount is not drunk in one or two bouts and that there are two to three alcohol-free days a week … most individuals are unlikely to come to harm," said Sir Ian Gilmore, special advisor on alcohol.

The RCP cites a study published in 2009 that found that increases in liver deaths in the U.K. were the "result of daily or near -daily heavy drinking, not episodic or binge drinking, and that this regular drinking pattern is often discernable at an early age."

© HealthDay

Friday, 28 October 2011 10:55 AM
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