BOT­TOMS UP

A month’s ab­sti­nence won’t undo the ef­fects of heavy drink­ing – but good drink­ing habits will

Men's Fitness - - Nutrition -

Did you go ‘dry’ this Jan­uary? We ad­mire your dis­ci­pline if you did, but we also hope you didn’t cel­e­brate by get­ting blitzed in Fe­bru­ary. A month off al­co­hol won’t undo the dam­age caused by binge­ing the rest of the year – but if you’re smart you can drink with­out se­ri­ous harm. Liver cells take two or three days to re­cover from deal­ing with al­co­hol, so the Royal Col­lege of Physi­cians says it’s best to have two or three con­sec­u­tive al­co­hol-free days a week and stay un­der the rec­om­mended three to four units on the other days. You’ll avoid the stress of giv­ing up some­thing you en­joy, and still get al­co­hol’s health

benefits (see be­low). Don’t trust your­self to stick to the unit limit? Down­load the Spruce app, which keeps track for you – if you’re hon­est.

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