Alternatives to alcohol for liver health
People in many parts of North America are looking for ways to stay warm when temperatures drop. Some will use alcohol to help them reach their goal.
The occasional drink is not likely to cause long-term health damage. Sticking to one or two a day, depending on your height and weight, is probably safe.
But more than that, and you could put extra stress on your liver. Do it too regularly for too long and the risk of liver disease increases.
These days, alternatives to alcohol abound. There are many non-alcoholic options that can make you taste – and potentially feel – you want without posing the same risk to your liver.
For example, research suggests that the effects of alcohol may be, at least in part, environmental. Some studies show that when people believe the effects of alcohol will get to them, they behave in a particular way even when given non-alcoholic drinks.
Where and when non-alcoholic drinks are consumed can also have an effect. People given non-alcoholic beverages (which they believed to be alcohol) in social settings where others drank reported feeling the same as they would feel with alcohol.
There is a large selection of non-alcoholic drinks to choose from. The non-alcoholic beer market, for example, has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. Many options taste the same as alcoholic beer and can easily fill up when you feel like drinking.
Besides beer, non-alcoholic spirits and wine are also available. Check them online at your local liquor or grocery store.
Of course, some may still want to drink alcohol, and that’s fine. Remember to monitor consumption.
Some effective ways to limit how much you drink include switching back and forth between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and pouring the drinks into a clear glass so you can control how much and how fast you sip.