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Dear Hillary,

Is it right that it is harmful to your liver to swap drinks? Mates say you are OK as long as you stick to one, like beer, but don’t then go on to the hard stuff. That’s what makes you drunk. The headaches are less too. Do you agree?

Mike

Dear Mike,

I have it on good authority that your liver has no earthly idea what bottle your beer came in. Livers don’t have eyes. Alcohol is a chemical, and the only difference between the various ones is the percentage of alcohol in it. Beers are about 5 percent, unless it is a Belgian beer which can go as high as 12 percent, while whisky is around 40 percent. Differences in liver damage and hangovers by mixing drinks are folklore.

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