Science! Sometimes it tells us things that are terrifying, sad or disturbing, but today science is telling us to go ahead and keep drinking. Hurrah!
If you're anything like us (and Bacchus help you if you are), your Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of people eschewing alcohol for the month of January in an attempt to reset their liver and "detox" from holiday overconsumption. We're all for people doing whatever it takes to grasp control of their health and do what it takes to feel better.
Problem is, this particular is useless according to doctors at the British Liver Trust. According to an article in today's Daily Mail, "the so-called ‘Janopause’ – when drinkers cut out alcohol for only the first month of the year – is ‘medically futile’ and fails to rejuvenate the liver in the long term."
So what's the solution? In England, news sources report that Prime Minister David Cameron is considering ordering officials to come up with a plan to institute a minimum price for alcohol in stores in order to curb consumption. Here in the land of the free and home of the brave, federal interference with alcohol access has never proven especially popular with its citizenry, so it's up to individual drinkers (and their doctors, loved ones and clergyfolk) to decide.
Our approach: pay attention to drinking from desire, rather than habit. Yes, you may often split a bottle of wine with a loved one, but a device like a vacuum wine saver will keep the remainder fresh for the next day or two. Half bottles offset the effect of the psychological drive to finish the whole bottle and boxed wine, which allows for easy single pours, has come into its own.
We've also taken to alternating cocktails with alcohol-free, but incredibly festive (and low-calorie) drinks like seltzer with just a splash of fruit juice and frozen fruit, or club soda with Rose's Lime Cordial and a slash of Tabasco sauce (which is much more delicious than it sounds).
No, we don't have to drink, but we like to drink and if it's done in moderation, hey - cheers to that. And to our friend, science.
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