When a husband shares a story on social media (with his wife) --"maybe we should try this"--about the benefits of going a month without drinking, it catches your eye. First you want to call and make sure everything's okay in the marriage--or stay as far away as possible. Yes, maybe the latter. Then again, he's merely suggesting a month off--January to be specific. Everybody seems to resolve to quit something as the new year rolls around. But will a month do any good? As the musician Joe Jackson once sang: "What's the use of getting sober, if you're gonna get drunk again?"
Well, New Scientist magazine found out that even a month without drinking alcohol can rejuvenate your liver. The dedicated editorial staff at the magazine volunteered to abstain from alcohol for five weeks. Analysis of their livers afterwards showed a drop in liver fat--which is a precursor to liver damage--of up to 20 percent in some cases. 15 percent in most. Sugar dropped too, because of all the empty calories in alcohol that weren't consumed. There's a big push in Britain to make 'Dry January' a real trend, and it's catching on. Only problem is it can lead to disastrously boozy Februaries. Cheers.
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