Alcohol stresses your liver, which works hard to regulate your hormones, filter out the toxins and chemicals you ingest, and perform anti-cancer functions. Be nice to your liver and it will take good care of you–it’s why I consider wine to be an indulgence, not a healthy habit. From The Hormone Secret: Discover Effortless Weight Loss and Renewed Energy in Just 30 Days.
Alcohol is not only toxic to a struggling liver; it’s lethal. When your liver detoxifies wine, beer, and liquor, it puts other tasks on hold (even when you have one glass of Chardonnay). Why? Everything else must wait, because just one glass of wine can kill you if it isn’t detoxified by the liver.
Research has also found that your liver can “up-regulate.” If you have one or two glasses of wine every single night, your liver says, “Okay. I’m good.” It’s gone to the “alcohol gym” and can handle alcohol if you drink on a regular basis. But when you move up to three or more glasses, your liver says, “You must be kidding.” Three or more seems to be the tipping range.
But the very worst thing you can do is abstain during the week and gulp six drinks a night on the weekend. Your liver can’t handle binge drinking. It’s too much in one isolated dose.
I want everyone to know, however, that alcohol is not healthy. A lot of attention has been paid to the ingredient in red wine called resveratrol, which is good for the heart. The truth is that the amount of wine you’d need to consume in order to get a therapeutic dose of resveratrol is way too much to be healthy. I consider wine to be a tolerable indulgence, like sugar. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that alcohol is healthy. It is not. But a small amount once in a while is unlikely to hurt you.