Let’s work off that bar-tab. First, the booze. Rather than suddenly turning teetotal, aim to have two to three days alcohol-free per week, in line with advice from the Royal College of Physicians. Count the money you save: based on three schooners, three days a week, you’ll gain $288 per month.
At work, fuel your body with four cups of coffee. This was shown to offset liver damage from alcohol by 80 per cent in the Archives of
Internal Medicine. Then hit the bike: cycling just 30km a week cuts your heart disease risk in half, says the British Medical Association, helping to pay back the glass-byglass damage to your ticker.
Back this effect up in the kitchen, with vitamin B-rich veg such as broccoli or bok choy. “People with a high fruit and veg intake have low homocysteine levels,” says dietitian Dale Rees. This amino acid is a good indicator of cardiovascular risk.
Try taking milk thistle tablets. “The key factor is silymarin, a flavonoid which is shown to protect your liver,” says Rees. Combine this supplement with seaweed extract: the University of South Carolina found it lowers your risk of metabolic syndrome – another result of years spent at the bar.