Category Archives: Alcohol

Losing the booze: five ways to drink less without missing out

Cutting down doesn’t have to be a chore. Try these simple tricks to cut alcohol consumption while maximising your pleasure

Sandwiched as it is between the first socially sanctioned dry periods of the year (Dry January, Febfast) and the later ones (Dry July, Ocsober), March can be a pretty boozy month. Those of us who abstained from drink after the excesses of Christmas have now probably eased back into our regular consumption patterns. When it comes to Anglophone drinking culture, it’s often feast or famine, which isn’t exactly a healthy approach.

Most people who consume alcohol regularly do so despite knowing the health risks involved – not just the risk of hangovers but, over the long term, much less pleasant health conditions, including cancer.

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Is cannabis the answer to older people’s booze problems? | Stephanie Theobald

Baby boomers and Generation X-ers, take note: mindful drinking is not the only solution to mindless drinking

I heard some gossip recently about a sixtysomething Madonna-era DJ who had to be sectioned by his PR last summer at a music festival because he’d taken so many drugs. Also whooping it up at that festival was a former pop star “completely off his nana” on booze. Which may sound funny, but his friends were seriously worried because it keeps happening and it’s not pretty.

Related: Behind closed doors, the hidden problem of baby-boomer addiction | Tony Rao

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The British have Brexit. We French have our wine delusion | Marie Le Conte

Sure, it occasionally leaves us horizontal, but it’s a proud part of our identity. And anyway, we don’t drink as much as you. Right…?

If you want to become – or remain – the president of France, you have to touch a cow.

François Hollande touched a cow; Nicolas Sarkozy touched a cow; Jacques Chirac touched more cows than anyone can remember; and every party leader or Elysée hopeful has had to touch a cow at one point or other. It cannot be any cow: the ceremonial patting must occur at the Paris International Agricultural Show, an annual event that does exactly what it says on the tin, and is attended by every French politician worth their salt.

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Coca-Cola to launch its first alcoholic drink

Soft drink company to part with tradition by launching version of ‘Chu-Hi’ alcopop in Japan

Coca-Cola is to produce the first alcoholic drink in its 132-year-history, with plans to launch an alcopop in Japan.

The world’s biggest soft drinks company said it would start making a version of “Chu-Hi” – canned sparkling flavoured drinks that include a local spirit called shochu.

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Discounted pink beer for women? BrewDog hasn’t gone nearly far enough | Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

The company’s campaign to draw in female drinkers has fallen flat. But it’s a start to addressing the gender pay gap

Beer company BrewDog’s attempt at satirical marketing has fallen flatter than a still ale in the tense run-up to International Women’s Day (IWD) 2018. It has been widely mocked for its attempt at addressing the gender pay gap by releasing a “new” Pink IPA with a pledge to sell it a fifth cheaper in its bars, because “women only like pink and glitter, right? #Sarcasm”. Needless to say, when you have to use a hashtag to clue people in to your “humour”, the cause is probably lost.

With the gender pay gap at all tiers of the class system, it’s appreciated when the balance is tipped in our favour

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Chronic heavy drinking leads to serious risk of dementia, study warns

Questions also raised for moderate drinkers of alcohol about their social habit

Heavy drinkers are putting themselves at risk of dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted.

Research published in the Lancet Public Health journal provides powerful evidence that people who drink enough to end up in hospital are putting themselves at serious risk of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It will also raise questions for moderate drinkers about the possible long-term consequences of their social habit.

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The children of alcoholic parents need help. I know this all too well | Liam Byrne

Even if you’ve brave enough to overcome the shame and stigma and seek help, you’ll find services are being cut heavily

There’s no way I would ever have become an MP if it wasn’t for my dad, Dermot. Warm, funny and a 60s radical, he was the son of Irish immigrants who was inspired into a life of public service by John F Kennedy’s quote that you should “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. He paid my Labour party subs when I joined at the age of 15. But he struggled with alcohol for much of his life and, nearly two years ago, that chronic dependency killed him.

In a heartbreaking moment on a cold, grey dawn on St Joseph’s day – the patron saint of fathers – the nurses folded down his blankets so I could hold his hand as he slipped away. In the weeks that followed, I knew I had to start speaking out about the plight of children of alcoholics. All two million of them.

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Could ketamine help treat alcohol dependence?

Current treatments for alcohol dependence often fail. So researchers are investigating more unusual interventions

January 2018 has come to an end and with it the month that people increasingly use to abstain from alcohol. It is still unknown whether Dry January has a lasting effect on drinking behaviours, and people with an alcohol dependency problem should always seek support from their GP before going through detox. Nonetheless, Dry January undoubtedly drives a critical conversation about alcohol use and provides an opportunity for us to reconsider our relationship with alcohol (one of the main goals of the charity Alcohol Concern, who support the challenge).

While overall alcohol consumption in the UK is falling, alcohol abuse still represents the fifth biggest risk factor for illness, death and disability across all ages. With current treatments often failing to prevent relapse in the long term, researchers are investigating the possibility of using ketamine combined with psychological therapy to help people stay dry, and not just for January. Despite its often cited use as a recreational drug and “horse-tranquilizer” ketamine is also the most widely used anaesthetic in humans. Administered appropriately in a controlled and safe medical environment, ketamine may also have benefits in the treatment of drug problems.

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Disco drinks to pre-mixed Manhattans: what we'll sip in 2018

Goodbye to fussy concoctions and long waits: new drinks trends are all about convenience

Last year was one in which drinkers around the world broadened their palates and outlooks, and tired old certainties were cast aside in favour of exploration and reconsideration. This year looks set to be even better. Here are four trends that I predict will shape what we will drink over the course of 2018.

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