How often do you give your body a rest from alcohol? Even if you are not an individual who suffers from alcoholism or someone who partakes in binge drinking, it has been noted as a wise decision to give your body and your liver a respite from drinking. According to doctors in the United Kingdom, taking at least a two to three day sabbatical a week from consuming any type of alcoholic beverage is highly recommended.
Apparently British governmental guidelines at this point in time regard daily drinking as “safe”. However, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in the U.K. has found it to be otherwise. Current government advice administered by the Chief Medical Officers dictate that men should not consume more than three to four units of alcohol daily, while women should not go beyond two to three regular drinks daily.
Daily drinking has shown to increase the probability of contracting liver disease; the liver needs ample time in order to detox itself and obviously, the more alcohol in your system the longer it takes for the detox process to occur. The main liver conditions that could arise from abusing alcohol can all become fatal at some point; Fatty Liver, Hepatitis and Cirrhosis. When alcohol is consumed it absorbs into the bloodstream from the stomach and intestines; blood from the stomach and intestines first travels through the liver before it makes its way throughout the entire body, therefore the highest concentration of alcohol is in the blood that circulates into the liver. Liver cells only have the ability to process a small amount of alcohol per hour, drinking faster than your liver can handle effects the alcohol level in your bloodstream which rises.
The RCP states that “a safe limit of 0-21 units a week for men and 0-14 for women provided the total amount is drunk in one or two bouts and that there needs to be two to three alcohol free days a week. At these levels, most individuals are unlikely to come to harm.” Any terms, government wise, which infers that a daily intake of alcohol is a low risk activity, goes against the scientific evidence revealed in the study performed. Cirrhosis of the liver has a likelihood of developing if one chooses to drink beyond the recommend limits, the frequency and daily levels of alcohol consumption have shown to result in an increase of liver deaths throughout the United Kingdom; neither binge nor episodic drinking displayed much of a link though.
A majority of studies performed in relation to alcohol consumption have all notably shown evidence of drinking patterns frequently revealing themselves at an early age in individuals. It is imperative that with the help of the government as well as Public Health, the population is made aware of the new drinking proposals and strong strategies are instituted to combat the growing epidemic of abusive drinking. The health risks are too great to ignore these new findings.