Social drinking and occasional bingeing is just as bad in the long run. City docs offer sobering facts. Mumbai Mirror today
We’re all guilty of the two drink diet at social dos. It may seem reasonable and one would imagine it to cause minimum damage to the liver. But Dr Aabha Nagral, gastroenteritis, Bhatia Hospital says that it depends on how you define the word ‘reasonable’. “Earlier, most doctors went by the British Society of Gastroentology, which suggested that consuming more than 30 grams (for women) or 40 grams (for men), can cause liver disease,” she says. But since these numbers were defined for the West and the concentration of alcohol too would vary, it was much higher than the permissible limit. Nagral offers an India-specific thumb rule: women must not consume more than three units and men must restrict themselves to less than four.