Abstaining from alcohol heals the liver, lower blood pressure and cholesterol | Daily Mail Online

The UK’s Daily Mail reports that patients who gave up alcohol for four weeks were at lower risk of developing cancer and diabetes, according to a new study at London’s Royal Free Hospital.

Source: Abstaining from alcohol heals the liver, lower blood pressure and cholesterol | Daily Mail Online

These findings are both hard-hitting and far reaching. It’s a shame that the Mail has not cited the actual evidence, so that people can evaluate it for themselves. It’s not good enough to quote a doctor and publish the above headline. What about conflicting evidence?

Unfortunately, the UK government through the National Health Service is not doing enough to promote moderate alcohol consumption. It’s just like obesity which is another time bomb.

Sadly, people who binge on alcohol, food or drugs shrug their shoulders at research evidence – they know that Britain’s public healthcare service will give them priority treatment.

Things will not change until the props are removed, like introducing a range of charges for public healthcare in the UK.

Thoughts?

3 responses

  1. There was an interesting episode of BBC2’s Horizon 3 or 4 months ago that presented evidence about how abstaining from alcohol for 4 weeks at a time is necessary but interestingly that binge drinking is more dangerous to health due to spiking levels and risk of sudden death, however the long term damage of binge versus “low” level daily drinking is approximately equal. They ran the experiment on two twins. One of the findings was abstinence of 4 weeks is needed for the body to recover from alcohol.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05wdfhk

  2. There was an interesting episode of BBC2’s Horizon 3 or 4 months ago that presented evidence about how abstaining from alcohol for 4 weeks at a time is necessary but interestingly that binge drinking is more dangerous to health due to spiking levels and risk of sudden death, however the long term damage of binge versus “low” level daily drinking is approximately equal. They ran the experiment on two twins. One of the findings was abstinence of 4 weeks is needed for the body to recover from alcohol.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05wdfhk

  3. Dr Alf is correct but unless drastic action is taken to curb people’s alchohol consumption, the effects of which are well known, the NHS which is bloated, inefficient and badly run,will implode.
    This Royal Free study should not be needed but action on pensioners who abuse the A&E system and clutter up GP surgeries when nothing is wrong with them would be a start and charging people who fight and drink at the weekend would be another powerful signal to those who imagine that the NHS is a bottomless money pit.

    The NI system became insolvent in 2000—-I saw the secret submissions to Government which were never published and never reported on. This needs to be made public along with the fact that until three years ago it was paid for out of Petroleum Revenue Tax and more recently allegedly money plundered from the “Good Causes” fund of the National Lottery. When that proved insufficient after people drove less and Petroleum Revenue tax receipts fell following the aftermath of the banking crisis, the price of Lottery Tickets from the National Lottery was doubled.

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