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North Carolina fans react while watching the Tar Heels play in the 2009 Final Four. Gerry Broome/AP

Booze and basketball: Why binge drinking increases during March Madness

Binge drinking rises during March Madness among male college students who attend schools that made it to the men's basketball tournament. Researchers take a deeper look at the reasons why.
Many people aren’t aware of the long-term risks alcohol poses to health. Adam Jaime/Unsplash

Four ways alcohol is bad for your health

The growing list of alcohol-related diseases includes bowel cancers, mouth and oesophageal cancers, breast cancers, heart disease, respiratory infections and mental health problems.
Generally people drink to either increase positive emotions or decrease negative ones. from shutterstock.com

There are four types of drinker – which one are you?

There are many reasons people drink, including to have fun or cope with other problems. Knowing their motivations will allow us to tailor programs to help those who may struggle with alcohol use.
This 1980s ad for Lindeman’s Ben Ean Moselle mirrored the shift in Australian wine culture from egalitarian to aspirational. Lindeman’s (Holdings) Ltd, Z418 Box 335 27.103, Noel Butlin Archives Centre

The rise and fall of Ben Ean Moselle and what it says about Australian society

Lindeman's Ben Ean Moselle was the ultimate wine for everyone in the 1970s. But as Australia grew wealthier, its fortunes faded in competition with other, 'finer' wines.
You know you shouldn’t smoke, or have sex without a condom if you’re not with a longtime partner. And when it comes to drinking, tea only, of course. Dominik Martin/Unsplash

Must we deprive ourselves of all pleasure to stay healthy?

Quit smoking, quit drinking -- so many good resolutions for the New Year. But can the overabundance of messages on healthy living become counter-productive?
Re-examining a survey of international studies on the price of beer, any tax increase will be only half as effective as planned in reducing consumption. Andy Rain/AAP

Politicians are inflating the evidence used to justify tax increases

A new survey shows economic studies frequently report effects to be much larger than they actually are, leading to inflated claims about policy effectiveness and public benefit.
A time of change is upon us. How do you balance risk and reward? REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule

Trust Me, I’m an Expert: Risk

Trust Me, I’m an Expert: Risk. CC BY45.3 MB (download)
This month, we're talking risk. Three experts give their perspective on how long you might live, how to deal with loneliness – and how to step outside your comfort zone.

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