There’s a reason we apologise to our livers after a big night, and it’s not pretty.
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What is it that makes us feel drunk when we drink? And why do we keep drinking if it can make us feel so terrible?
More than one in three people with Chinese, Japanese and Korean heritage flush when drinking alcohol.
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Facial flushing when drinking alcohol is caused by an inherited deficiency in one of the enzymes involved in the breakdown of alcohol.
Dark horse of the family.
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The dark sheep of the Brontë family found his way into the sisters' work.
Henry Lawson in 1915.
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Bertha Lawson alleged that her husband, celebrated poet Henry Lawson, was habitually cruel and drunk.
You may have let loose for the silly season, but there are some good reasons to cut back in the new year.
Many of us don’t treat alcohol with the respect the drug demands.
Meet Bench Girl (you’ll have seen her before).
How the news media distorts the reality of alcohol – new findings.
Alcohol and other drugs are significant risk factors for precipitating violence.
A new study has revealed heavy episodic drinking doubles the risk of family and domestic violence.
Wha’s like us?
New Scottish alcoholic liver disease figures show how far country's problem is from being under control.
Alcohol use is traditionally higher among men than women but new evidence suggests this is changing.
Women are catching up to men in rates of alcohol consumption and this has important implications for how we think about our community response to harmful alcohol use.
Alcohol is a big part of our culture, but how do you know if you’re drinking too much?
It's important to know the recommendations on drinking to ensure we're not drinking too much for our own health and for the safety of others.
Unlike fine wines, the older generation of drinkers aren’t improving with age.
Hard living and formative years during which health issues were understood less than today are coming home to roost.
Genomic research in Africa will help explain the genetic risk factors of diseases that affect the world’s poorest people.
Genomic research must take place in Africa because African populations have evolved significantly and their genetic composition is more diverse than that of populations elsewhere.
After all the unsuccessful years of educating us about drinking units, maybe it's time to start giving the advice in bottles, glasses and pints.
New research aims to bring hope to the often forgotten or stigmatised friends and relatives of those who die from drug or alcohol use.
What if we had a pill that nullified some of the negative effects of alcohol and helped alcoholics drink less?
Imagine a pill that nullified some of the nasty effects of alcohol. A new study looking at oxytocin suggests such a pill might be possible.
Nalmefene for the soul?
The use of nalmefene to reduce alcohol consumption was recently endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Nalmefene is a drug that is used to incrementally reduce cravings…
Attitudes towards alcohol in Scotland are changing.
Scotland is often portrayed as a place where heavy drinking comes as part of the furniture, yet it seems the Scottish public are less and less inclined to agree. New results from the Scottish Social Attitudes…
Your friendly neighbourhood liquor store down Toronto way.
I have watched with fascination as successive UK and European governments have pledged to make cheap alcohol a thing of the past by introducing minimum unit pricing or MUP. David Cameron announced his…
Tensions are mounting over minimum pricing obstruction.
Exactly a year after minimum alcohol pricing was supposed to have been introduced in Scotland, this week a group of public health professionals including myself registered a protest against the fact that…
Vodka, not to be confused with water.
Russians’ love of vodka is no secret and neither is the impact the beloved drink has had on the country’s drinkers. It has…