Story highlights Consider how alcohol may be affecting your life, experts say Tracking can be a powerful tool in understanding how much you're drinking (CNN)If you're reading this, you may think you drink a little too much, yet you wouldn't describe yourself as an "alcoholic." Maybe you're a parent who comes home after a stressful day at work and takes a drink to decompress and deal with the kids, another with dinner and then another to top off the evening before dozing off. Or maybe you're a college student who studies hard all week and then downs a six-pack at the first post-exam opportunity. You might celebrate special occasions, like a big birthday or even weekend dinners, with a couple bottles of wine. Is wine healthy? Whether drinking is a celebratory ritual or serves to ease stress, you may be drinking an amount at which health risks outweigh potential benefits. "Alcohol use and its associated problems exist on a spectrum," said Dr. John Mariani, associate … [Read more...] about The non-alcoholic’s guide to drinking less alcohol
MOST adults “put up” with worrying health symptoms like hearing loss for more than five months before they see a doctor, research suggests. And more than one in 28 admit to waiting at least a year before seeking medical advice. A poll of 2,000 adults found many are burying their head in the sand when it comes to their health, living with issues like back pain or hearing problems for months before they get them checked. Three quarters of Brits are currently putting up with a health concern they have ignored, according to the survey. The poll, commissioned ahead of World Hearing Day on March 3, was conducted by high street hearing specialists Hidden Hearing. They also discovered that many people ignore poor eyesight, headaches, hearing loss and digestive problems. GP Hilary Jones said: “It’s worrying to not only see how long people are leaving things before they seek help from a professional, but also that conditions such as hearing loss are on this list. … [Read more...] about Brits put up with agonising health problems for MONTHS before seeing a doctor
Intervals at the theatre are "stupid" and should be banned because they ruin the momentum and force people to drink the "worst red wine", Steven Moffat has claimed. Speaking at the Hay Festival, the Doctor Who writer said he wished theatres would not "stop in the middle of a show" when the audience really wanted the play to continue. Stop having intervals and let people go to a decent restaurant afterwardsSteven Moffat He said: "Don't stop in the middle of a show and send the audience to a terrible bar. "That really spoils the evening when they stop the show and give you the worst red wine you have ever drunk in a crowd of people who just want the show to keep going. "Don’t do that it’s a stupid idea. Stop having intervals and let people go to a decent restaurant afterwards. "I don't think you should have them." The writer is in the midst of completing his final series of the BBC's Doctor Who, after which he said he will have to look for a … [Read more...] about Intervals at the theatre are ‘stupid’ and force people to drink bad red wine, Steven Moffat says
Indulging in a glass of wine or two is a part of a relaxing holiday for many. But, in a fresh warning to travellers, the industry watchdog has reminded holidaymakers their insurer may look dimly on indulging too much. Buried within most travel insurance policies is an alcohol exclusion clause but the wording of each policy differs greatly and can be very vague. The Financial Ombudsman Service warned travellers this week that excessive drinking could lead to a claim for medical costs being rejected. Citing the recent case of a man who fell in a nightclub toilet, it also said your insurer should not reject your claim outright on the basis that you had been drinking. The man in question fell while on holiday and, after experiencing dizzyness and speaking to his insurer, he visited hospital for some medication. His insurer promptly rejected his claim on the grounds he had been drinking. This decision was overturned by the watchdog and his insurer was ordered to pay the claim plus … [Read more...] about Travel insurers won’t pay if claimants are drunk, warns watchdog: exactly how much CAN you drink on holiday?
Story highlights Moms drinking alcohol has become a staple of popular culture in the past decade Between 2002 and 2013, "high-risk drinking" among women rose 58% (CNN)"A Bad Moms Christmas," the new comedy starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, is the story of three mothers' rebellion against the often-invisible labor imposed on women during the holiday season. Enough with all the shopping, chopping, wrapping, baking and decorating and all the other activities making this the most wonderful time of year -- for everyone else. This time, they will take it easy. This time, they will seek pleasure, not perfection. And this time, they will be drunk. Like in the first "Bad Moms," released in 2016, the scenes of mom-driven debauchery in the holiday sequel are played for their shock value. We, the audience, are meant to be equal parts astonished and amused by the sight of three moms turning an ordinarily feminine and organized activity -- such as going to the grocery … [Read more...] about Being a heavy-drinking ‘bad mom’: More worrisome than funny