Like many of you, I was riveted by the testimonies in the recent U.S. Senate hearing to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice. At one point during the proceedings, I found myself wondering why a man would say he loves beer 30 times over the course of a few hours.
If you’re like 90 percent of Americans who are drinkers, you will likely be planning to enjoy your favorite distilled beverage while you are outdoors (especially now that it’s summer). And, according to research, the most popular venue by far for outdoor drinking is, hands down, the barbecue with a favorite vote of some 65 percent. The other 35 percent like imbibing at picnics, pool parties, summer festivals and outdoor concerts.
“You are traveling around, you live in a suitcase, you get to this place, there's free alcohol everywhere — it's sort of weird if you don't drink.”
At some point, you may have been told that alcohol does not really dehydrate you. This is simply not true. Today, I want to talk about the dehydrating effects of alcohol, why it’s important to know about them and what you can do to counter dehydration and its risks when and if you decide to drink alcohol.
Parenting is one of the most rewarding but challenging responsibilities of our lives. As parents, we sometimes struggle with the delicate balance of setting boundaries for our kids and letting them experience things they will inevitably encounter at some point during their lives.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and many people are already aware that an addiction to alcohol can be detrimental to their physical and mental health.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and a time to focus on the responsible use of alcohol. Drinking alcohol is a socially acceptable part of our culture, but we often forget that it is an addictive substance.
Despite being very young, at 26, and having no family history of balding prematurely or “bald genes,” a very good friend of mine is currently losing his hair. And he recently told me he is an excessive drinker.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conclude that excessive alcohol use is responsible for approximately 88,000 deaths in the U.S. each year and cost $249 billion in economic expenses in 2010.
A drink after work, drinks with friends, drinks at yet another wedding -- it’s safe to say that there’s always an occasion to lift your glass. You know all about drinking responsibly, and you’d never dream of getting behind the wheel when you’re buzzed. But have you ever thought about the long-term consequences those drinks may have on your health?
The day after your 21st birthday may have been your worst hangover ever, but even as an older (and somewhat wiser) adult, you can still get them. A little too much to drink over the holidays, and you may wake up the next morning with a headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, sensitivity to light, muscle aches, a rapid heart rate and/or mood issues (depression, anxiety, irritability).
You already know that heavy drinking is bad, and that alcoholism is a killer. Breast cancer, a leading cause of death among women, grows faster with heavy alcohol consumption. Excessive drinking causes weight gain, damages the kidneys over time, dulls cognitive function (causing accidental injury of all types), depletes essential vitamins, and causes cellular damage to the delicate linings of the gut. The more you drink, the higher the risks for serious health issues.
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