The Scary Way Holiday Drinking Can Affect Your Health

Dacy Knight

The holidays are synonymous with indulgence and excess—staying up late, sleeping in, serving ourselves seconds and thirds, and drinking more than we probably should. Needless to say, the past week has brought about numerous opportunities to raise our glasses for a toast and to drink and be merry. But while we may excuse our merrymaking as a habit of the holidays, our bodies don't get the memo that this time of year makes it okay.

As The New York Times recently and aptly explored, the dramatic change in our behaviors over the holidays—the aforementioned lack of sleep and overboard eating and alcohol consumption—impacts our bodies in a big way. One of the biggest areas of concern is the liver, which—in addition to taking an obvious hit from overdoing it on drinks—is thrown off by unhealthy sleep habits and abrupt changes in diet. When our circadian rhythms are confused by our sudden lifestyle change, they're no longer able to help the liver anticipate our bodies' demands and play its part to aid detoxification and digestion.

So if the holidays have you feeling sick in the stomach, incurably groggy, and all-around not your best self, it could be you've done a number on your liver. Luckily, if it's only the holidays that have wreaked havoc on the organ, it's nothing you can't correct with some healthy lifestyle adjustments like taking it easy on the liquor and readjusting to a normal sleep schedule. All things to think about while you're brainstorming your New Year's Resolutions.

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