Brits Are Some Of the Worse Binge Drinkers In The World

alcohol abuseThe Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned that Britain’s health system is still lagging behind many other developed countries in terms of our high rates of smoking, obesity and binge drinking.

Following the results of the Health At A Glance 2015 Indicators For Alcohol Report, they have emphasised that ‘urgent attention’ is needed as Britain is struggling to make progress on reducing its rates of binge drinking.

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The Scary Side Effects Of Social Drinking

social drinkingWe all know what’s in store for us the day after a heavy drinking session - dehydration, tiredness, a headache, nausea and generally feeling terrible. Although we can laugh off a hangover after a day of recovery, there are actually some scary and serious side effects of social drinking that are far more serious than just a hangover.

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Researchers Warn Light Drinking Can Cause Cancer

alcohol useResearchers have warned that as little as one drink per day for women and two for men is enough to increase the risk of cancer. The clearest link was for breast cancer and experts are now reinforcing the message that people should limit how much they drink and understand the importance of having alcohol-free days.

The American study found that alcohol is linked to an increased risk of mouth, throat, gullet, bowel, liver and breast cancer. All types of alcohol were found to inflate the risk with the likelihood of getting cancer increasing the more people drank. Smoking and drinking together were also found to increase the risk of cancer.

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Wealthy Middle Class Have Serious Drink Problem

alcohol and over 50sWealthy middle class people over 50 have a serious drinking problem according to new research. A study has found that men and women who have done well in their careers and are over 50 drink far more than the recommended guidelines.

The study looked at 9,000 people over 60 years old and found that men and women with good educations, high salaries and children who had left home were significantly more likely to drink dangerously. Men in this group drank an average of 21 units per week and women drank 14 units per week. That works out to nine pints of beer and one and a half bottles of wine respectively.

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Risks To Young People From Alcohol

teen drinkingAlthough alcohol misuse can present dangers and health risks across all age groups - the effects are a lot more prominent in youngsters who aren’t yet fully developed.

Because a young person is still growing and developing, this makes them particularly vulnerable to the long-term damage caused by alcohol. Just a few examples of problems that may occur later on in life include:

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Rising Alcohol Consumption in the UK

Alcohol and drinking in the UKThe Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) conducted a review of the 34 wealthiest countries in the world and revealed that on average, Brits consume 10.6 litres of pure alcohol per person every year. This is the equivalent to 115 bottles of wine and is an increase compared to the early 1990s when we were consuming less than 10 litres a year.

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Test Your Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol Abuse TestWith mental health Awareness Week in Full Swing, Life Works is publishing a series of tests to help people assess and identify their own mental health. While these tests are not conclusive they may help you better understand your overall mental health and any mental illnesses you may have.

Today we have a test for alcohol abuse called the SADQ-C or the Severity Of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire. This test consists of 20 questions and is designed to help people figure out whether they have a drinking problem. If you are concerned about your drinking you can take the test but remember that this is only a way to help you better understand your drinking habits, speaking to your doctor or a trained counsellor is the only way to get a real diagnosis.

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Can Dry January Really Be Beneficial To Your Body

Can Dry January Really Help HealthWith all the festivities and over-indulgence behind us, thousands of Brits have opted to take on the Dry January challenge and spend 31 days completely booze-free. Aside from being a great way to raise money for charity however, just how much of a difference can avoiding the pub for one month make to our health and wellbeing?

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The Health Effects of Alcohol Infographic

As we near the end of Alcohol Awareness Week, Life Works has produced an infographic on the health effects of alcohol. We examin how alcohol effects both the brain and the body. Our goal is to help people understand that alcohol does more than hurt your liver. Drinking too much can cause any number of negative side effects. To learn more about alcohol abuse, check out the Alcohol Knowledge Centre. If you would like to learn more about how Life Works can help you with alcohol abuse, check out our treatment page.  

 

 

 

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Armed Forces Drinking At Dangerous Levels

Military DrinkingDangerous drinking is widespread in every branch of the armed forces according to a new review from the House of Commons Defence Committee.

Research shows that military personnel drink more than their civilian counterparts, regardless of their service or gender. Despite the MoD investing £7.2 million into mental health services, this culture of drinking does not appear to be changing.

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Alcohol Infographic on Crime and Treatment

This is the second part of a two part inofgraphic on alcohol for Alcohol Awareness Week. While the first section of this infographic focused on alcohol and health, this section focuses on crime caused by alcohol and alcohol treatment. Alcohol causes a great many problems in our society that many people are either not aware of. Once these ills are brought to light, we at Life Works hope Treatment will become a more important part of the government strategy for dealing with alcohol abuse. To learn more about alcohol abuse please check out our Alcohol Knowledge Centre. If you would like to know more about treatment please visit our Alcohol Abuse treatment page. 

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Alcohol Abuse Rising In Women Over 60

alcohol abuse in older womenGovernment figures that were released last month have revealed a worrying trend amongst retired, middle class female professionals who are turning to alcohol after stepping down from successful careers.

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The Dangerous Side Effects of Drinking Games

drinking games and binge drinkingAlcohol abuse campaigners have warned that heavy drinking can pose huge health risks and put drinkers in serious danger. The warning has come after new research has revealed the worrying effects that indulging in drinking games - which are particularly popular amongst youngsters and new university students - can have.

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Alcohol Awareness Week 2014

alcohol awareness weekAlcohol Awareness Week is upon us and runs from the 17th November until the 23rd. Each year the campaign encourages people to think about the risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption, raises awareness about the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse and reassures sufferers that there is no shame in seeking help if they think they may have a problem.

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Health Benefits of Alcohol a Myth for Most

Alcohol and healthOver the last 10 years, there have been a number of news stories reporting on the benefits of light to moderate alcohol consumption. These reports sport headlines about alcohol improving heart health or aiding memory.

This was cause for celebration amongst many drinkers and has often been offered as an excuse by people trying to downplay their alcohol consumption.

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Alcohol Awareness Week Infographic on Alcohol Units

Alcohol awarness week is here and we at Life Works are starting out the week with an infographic about alcohol units to help people make better choices if they decide to drink. Knowing how much alcohol you consume is an important part ofpracticing moderateion. With that in mind, we created this infographic showing how much alcoohol is in a typical serving of most common beverages. 

If you would like to learn more about alcohol you can visit our knowledge centre. To learn about our treatment options contact us today. 

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NHS Sees Nearly 10 Million Alcohol Cases

alcohol cost to NHSNew NHS figures show that nearly 10 million people each year need treatment from the NHS due to alcohol. The report outlines not just the scale of the problem but the cost to taxpayers.

It found that 6 out of 10 alcohol related hospital visits ended in the A&E and the total cost of alcohol treatments for the NHS in England alone came to £3.5 billion. This cost only takes into account health problems directly attributable to alcohol. The total bill for alcohol related harm is estimated to be much higher, nearly £21 billion per year.

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Alcohol Abuse During Pregnancy Could Become a Crime

Drinking while pregnant A court hearing which is set to decide the right a child has to claim compensation for their mother drinking alcohol during pregnancy could pave the way to the criminalisation of alcohol abuse while pregnant.

Although several groups and charities have argued that the ruling could undermine womens freedom to make decisions for themselves whilst carrying their baby, it has been found that the total number of cases of foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) has tripled since records began 16 years ago.

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Teen Drinking Causes Health And Financial Problems Later In Life

teen binge drinkingA Finnish study has found that teens who abuse alcohol are more likely to struggle in early adulthood. The study looked at over 3,000 twins. In each case, one twin drank to excess while the other did not.

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Switching off Brain Triggers could Prevent Alcohol Addiction

b2ap3_thumbnail_alcohol-brain-teen.jpgA new study from US and Israeli researchers has found that it is possible to prevent alcohol addiction relapse by blocking a brain pathway that is associated with alcohol cravings.

The current research, which was done in rats, identified this pathway as a possible means both for preventing relapse, but also for preventing alcohol addiction in the first place.

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