Give your liver a break with two alcohol-free days a week
A Commons committee recommends that we should all have two totally alcohol-free days a week in order to miminise the health dangers of drinking.
The suggestion comes in addition to guidelines governing the maximum number of units of alcohol women and men should consume per week to avoid alcohol-related health problems.
Women are recommended to limit drinking to a maximum of 14 units a week - 21 for men - with no more than two to three units per day for women (three to four for men).
The new advice, that we should all skip alcohol completely for two days a week, comes after worries that current advice is confusing and appears to endorse daily drinking.
So would giving your body a break from alcohol a couple of days a week really make any difference?
Weight loss specialist Kimberley Willis, author of The Little Book of Diet Help (Piatkus, £9.99) certainly thinks so.
'Your liver is your body's personal washing machine, it's job is to cleanse toxins from the body. But it has to prioritise the toxins it deals with,' she says.
'If there is alcohol in the body, the liver targets that first. When your liver is busy absorbing alcohol it cannot process the excess fat that you have been trying so hard to get rid of.'
Kimberley says, 'Drink less and you will burn more fat.'
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