We're in day five our our 2012 detox program - we usually like to take a few weeks off from the scene once the New Year rolls around. All of those drinks leading up to the holidays leaves us never wanting to pick up a glass again (until, say, Jan 15). Well, it turns out that all of our constraint may be for naught, as a bunch of Brits whose job it is to worry about your liver say that the detox isn't effective. Take a look, from The Independent:
"The British Liver Trust has criticised January detoxes, which see many people avoid alcohol after the Christmas excesses. Dr Mark Wright, a consultant hepatologist at Southampton General Hospital, said: "Detoxing for just a month is medically futile. It can lead to a false sense of security and feeds the idea that you can abuse your liver as much as you like and then sort it all with a quick fix."
Lame. They suggest not drinking a few days a week instead of abstaining for January and hopping back on the binge-drinking horse. This brings up an eternal question: why is it so hard to be good? We think we'll contemplate that one over a drink or two.