You probably already know that the liver is the one organ that tells you when you’ve had too much to drink. Overload it and it will lose control. The alcohol in your glass will go straight into your bloodstream, affecting your vision, your attention span, your motions and even your words.
You also probably know that drinking too much alcohol isn’t healthy and why. Too much alcohol affects your liver and many other organs, including your brain. This does not mean that you should not drink alcohol at all.
However, if you want to drink from time to time, it is important to know how you can protect your liver in order to maintain its cells healthy and avoid building fat deposits on it, hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Ways to protect your liver when you consume alcohol
We all wish there was a special recipe that we could do any time we want to drink, because drinking also comes with second-day consequences, such as headaches, dizziness, blurriness and much more. Unfortunately, this is not the case. There is no special recipe, no magic words and no secrets that the world hid from you in order to watch you get drunk.
Protecting your liver is possible, by drinking responsibly and strategically. Here is what you can do:
1. Do not drink more than your body tolerates – if this is your first time drinking, we do not want you to test your limits in order to find the tolerance of your body. But it probably isn’t your first time. If you drank a few times before at a party or two, you already know that your body will suffer horrible consequences the second day. More than that, your liver will have a hard time for the next few days.
2. Choose the quantity wisely, not the kind of alcohol – when in search for excuses, some people think about the kind of alcohol they should drink in order to feel better the next day or to affect their liver less. Surprise! All kinds of alcohol affect the liver if drunk in large quantities. So, what really matters is how much you drink, not what you drink.
3. Do not drink more than half a glass of anything if you are sick – that is the worst thing that you could do to your body. If you are sick, consider the fact that your liver is already filed with toxic substances from the drugs your doctor prescribed. Drinking alcohol will only make it worse.
4. Don’t think that because you don’t get drunk easily, your liver doesn’t suffer – some people’s bodies can absorb more alcohol than other’s. Having observed this, they figure that they can drink without a problem and that their liver will be just fine. Actually, that is not entirely true. The fact that you don’t get drunk easily does not mean that the alcohol simply disappears from your body. It still reaches your liver and floods it.
Protect your liver using simple, common sense rules that you can apply to yourself, depending on your body’s sensitivity and reactions to alcohol. Protecting it will only bring you benefits in the long-run. On the contrary, abusing it will prove to be unhealthy and dangerous.