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Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze

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"If you take time off from alcohol, it's going to be beneficial for your liver from the reduction of fat," he told The Salt. "People always forget the amount of calories in alcohol, so if you take a month off, and you usually consume 20 units, you're going to lose weight and fat. It's a massive reduction in calories. "

The main causes of excessive fat in the liver are obesity and excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol changes the way the liver processes fat, resulting in more fat cells that can cause inflammation, leading to liver disease.

But Ferguson warned that a dry January could trigger the same sort of negative boomerang effect as do restrictive diets: First you abstain, then you binge to make up for it. He questioned whether a dry January leads to a wetter-than-normal February.

Beyond that, there's the question of whether and how much these improvements last in the long run. Ferguson offered a sobering view.

"I don't think taking one month a year off alcohol makes any difference," he says. "It's more important to cut back 

That makes sense. It's the habits that make us, not the cleanses. 

For me the value of taking a month off from drinking (my month is August) is to be sure I can.  I enjoy many variety's of alcohol - especially wine.  I like to eat too.  One of my greatest pleasures is food and wine pairings that work.  I would never want to become an alcoholic or so unhealthy that I couldn't drink or pair food and wine...

Out of curiosity, why August?

I'm a Christmas baby....born in September.  Therefore August is my last month before birthday month! :o)

That's a good reason.

I think a lot of people pick January because of New Years Resolution.

Or because it's less fun to drink when it's cold out. 

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