DEAR DOCTORDr. Richard Aspinall is aConsultant Hepatologist andGastroenterologist practisingat Spire Portsmouth HospitalQ: My friend is giving up alcohol forDry January and suggested I do thesame to give my liver a rest. Doesquitting alcohol for a month reallyhelp restore your liver?A: Your liver is an important organ formaintaining the health of the rest of yourbody.It filters out bacteria from your utsThe results showed that stopping alcoholand intesines, creates important proteins for for a month did indeed help their liver liver0 the immune system and detoxes the body.| damage was reduced by 12.5%.The resultsAlcohol can damage the liver, so one way to also showed a decreased risk of diabetes ashelp your liver is to avoid excessive alcohol well as improvements to blood cholestrerolintake. The current recommended guidelines and lowered blood pressurestate that you should limit your intake toThere are currently no studies to see14 units of alcohol per week, which amounts i whether those effects persist in the longerto just under a bottle and a half of wine orterm, after people have started drinkingagain, so that part of the question will needsix pints of 4% beer.A recent study from University CollegeLondon attempted to find out whether a It is worth noting as well that abstainingshort break from alcohol had any effect on from alcohol had other benefits than helpingthe liver. Researchers followed more than the liver The participants of the stud,yI to be answered at a later stage.O 100 men and women who took part in the' reported losing weight and sleeping better,Dry January campaign and monitored theirand subjectively they felt better during theirmonth without alcoholprogress.S2To book a consultation or a Fibroscan, non-invasive liver checkplease speak to our team onSpirePortsmouth Hospital02392 456 172or email info@spireportsmouth.comBartons Rd, Havant PO9 5NP

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DEAR DOCTOR Dr. Richard Aspinall is a Consultant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist practising at Spire Portsmouth Hospital Q: My friend is giving up alcohol for Dry January and suggested I do the same to give my liver a rest. Does quitting alcohol for a month really help restore your liver? A: Your liver is an important organ for maintaining the health of the rest of your body.It filters out bacteria from your utsThe results showed that stopping alcohol and intesines, creates important proteins for for a month did indeed help their liver liver 0 the immune system and detoxes the body. | damage was reduced by 12.5%.The results Alcohol can damage the liver, so one way to also showed a decreased risk of diabetes as help your liver is to avoid excessive alcohol well as improvements to blood cholestrerol intake. The current recommended guidelines and lowered blood pressure state that you should limit your intake toThere are currently no studies to see 14 units of alcohol per week, which amounts i whether those effects persist in the longer to just under a bottle and a half of wine or term, after people have started drinking again, so that part of the question will need six pints of 4% beer. A recent study from University College London attempted to find out whether a It is worth noting as well that abstaining short break from alcohol had any effect on from alcohol had other benefits than helping the liver. Researchers followed more than the liver The participants of the stud,y I to b e answered at a later stage. O 100 men and women who took part in the ' reported losing weight and sleeping better, Dry January campaign and monitored their and subjectively they felt better during their month without alcohol progress. S2 To book a consultation or a Fibroscan, non-invasive liver check please speak to our team on Spire Portsmouth Hospital 02392 456 172 or email info@spireportsmouth.com Bartons Rd, Havant PO9 5NP