The first thing you need to know is what is meant by the word “detox”? To put it simply, it means to remove any toxic substances from the body. To put it even simpler, it means DON’T DRINK! As your body clears any trace of alcohol from its system you should begin to feel healthier, have more energy and lose weight. However, many people believe the myth that a short term break from alcohol can un-do any damage that may have been done in the previous months. Not only will this not be able to heal any long term damage that has already been caused by heavy drinking, but it creates an unhealthy attitude towards alcohol that a high level of drinking and damage to the body can be rectified by a short break.
The big danger is that old drinking habits hit the body again as soon as February arrives, which can actually pile extra pressure on the liver.
Do it Properly
If you find it particularly difficult to live without drinking in this period, it is important that you do not suffer alone. If you have developed dependence to alcohol then going ‘cold turkey’ can cause damage to your body. If this is the case then it is important to speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
So take a month off alcohol and enjoy the many benefits that a life without alcohol can bring to you. But use it as an opportunity to make long term changes to improve your health. If you choose to start drinking again, it is important to follow 3 simple rules to ensure that your liver remains healthy:
- Take at least 2 or 3 days a week off from drink
- Exercise regularly
- Cut down on fatty and sugary foods.