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Post-Holiday Detox Does 'More Harm Than Good'

'Janopause' leads to excessive drinking afterwards: doctors
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2012 5:56 PM CST
Post-Holiday Alcohol Detox Can Ultimately Harm the Liver: British Doctors
A month of post-holiday sobriety may not be the best solution.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Planning to go cold turkey after some heavy holiday boozing? British doctors warn it may do more harm than good, the Daily Mail reports. The so-called "Janopause"—a month of forced sobriety after New Year's—often leads to excessive drinking from February onward. "You’re better off making a resolution to take a few days off alcohol a week throughout the entire year than remaining abstinent for January only," says liver expert Andrew Langford.

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Periods of sobriety punctuated by heavy drinking don't help the liver, which treats alcohol as a poison and breaks it down with enzymes. True, enzymes can cause liver scarring and sometimes-fatal cirrhosis, but a month of sipping apple juice doesn't enable the liver to play catchup. (Read more alcohol abuse stories.)

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