Sobriety Just For January is Futile

By Valerie Tejeda 01/03/12

Trying to undo a boozy holiday season with a one-month detox doesn't work, say experts.

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Planning on giving up alcohol entirely in January to detox your system? The new year means many people resolve to take a one-hit, one-month approach to detoxing the liver. But liver experts warn that may not be the healthiest approach. According to Dr. Mark Wright, a Hepatologist at Southampton General Hospital, "Detoxing for just a month in January is medically futile. It can lead to a false sense of security and feeds the idea that you can abuse your liver as much as you like and then sort everything else with a quick fix.” He adds, "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.” Instead, the British Liver Trust suggests taking at least a couple of days off drinking alcohol every week throughout the year.

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