A doctor has revealed the shocking truth about how long it takes your liver to recover after a night on the booze... and you'll be sorry to hear it takes no small amount of willpower to get your body back in full working order.
Bupa Health Clinics associate clinical director Dr Elizabeth Rogers told The Sun: "If you cut alcohol out of your diet for four weeks, your liver function can improve and could start some regeneration.
"If your liver function is not too badly affected by alcohol, it can recover fully within 4-8 weeks."
But the more you drink in a short space of time, the higher the risk of illness or injury as a result of your drinking exploits.
Your heart, liver, and entire digestive system are all at risk of health problems when you consume more than the NHS recommended 14 units per week.
A unit for the record counts as a small glass of wine or a glass of beer.
You're in for even more trouble if you're drinking more than the recommended amount on a regular basis.
Dr Rogers said drinking five or more units each day for two to three weeks will put you at a higher risk of developing liver disease.
"Regularly drinking too much alcohol can damage your nerves and affect the levels of messenger chemicals (neurotransmitters) in your brain," she said.
"This can lead to problems with memory, eyesight, balance and coordination, and how sensations including pain are felt around your body."
Drinks like champagne and prosecco can even dissolve tooth enamel because of their high acidity.
Dr Rogers added: "Drinking more than usual can negatively affect your mental health, too.
"Alcohol alters the chemistry in your brain and can increase your risk of getting anxiety and depression."
But what are the warning signs to look out for in both ourselves and loved ones?
Dr Rogers said constant tiredness, regular hangovers, headaches, and sweating can all be clear signals.
The best way to avoid serious harm to your liver is to spread your recommended units out as much as possible.
One big blowout will cause you major problems.
If you're worried about your own or a friend's drinking habits, visit drinkaware.co.uk for confidential advice, tips, and online tools.
Drinkaware urges anyone worried about their drinking or someone else's. To call Drinkline, dial 0300 123 1110.
Words by: Charlie Metcalfe