Love your liver
Love you liver with Dry January 2022
For January 2022 we are asking people to make a pledge to love their livers, from starting a fitness challenge, to changing your diet or cutting out alcohol, there are loads of different ways to show your liver some love. Take the Pledge, or find out more ways to get involved.
Research has consistently shown that many people are drinking more heavily due to the additional stresses brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This new research shows that almost three in 10 drinkers (28%) have found themselves drinking more in 2021, compared to 2020. Around one in six drinkers (17%) feel concerned about the amount they have been drinking since the removal of COVID-19 restrictions in the summer.
Thorpe Road is encouraging people in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire to take part in Dry January® via the free app, Try Dry®, to get benefits like more energy, saving money and losing weight, and to help them drink more healthily year-round.
9 in 10 liver disease cases can be prevented.
Research published in 2018, conducted by the Royal Free Hospital and published in the British Medical Journal, found that a month off alcohol:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers cholesterol
- Reduces diabetes risk
- Reduces levels of cancer-related proteins in the blood
Alcohol withdrawal warning
Stopping drinking suddenly can be very dangerous, and can even kill you, if you are dependent on alcohol. If, after a period of drinking, you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be dependent on alcohol and you should NOT suddenly stop drinking completely:
- seizures (fits)
- hand tremors (‘the shakes’)
- seeing things that are not real (visual hallucinations)
- difficulty sleeping (insomnia).
But you can still take control of your drinking. Speak to a Clinician who will be able to get help for you to reduce your drinking safely.
Published: Dec 24, 2021
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