Are you drinking more while in lockdown? Here are some things to look out for if you’re concerned about how much alcohol you’re consuming at the moment.
Somali women on a coronavirus awareness campaign.
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A patron buys a frozen margarita to go in New York City April 2, 2020. Is the quarnatini a safer option?
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OK, we’re all getting a little stir-crazy from staying at home. But is a mixed drink with vitamins added really something we should consider?
Shopping for wine in Seattle, where many liquor stores are considered “essential businesses.”
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Sales of alcohol have reported jumped by around a quarter as people bulk buy wine, beers and spirits. That could lead to a range of short-term and long-term problems.
There is no documented health benefit that warrants banning cigarette sales for 21 days.
Lockdown should be nuanced to the South African context of overcrowded accommodation and high levels of domestic violence. Permitting cigarette purchases and exercise might assist.
Stress and boredom might see us drinking more alcohol at home in the coming weeks and months. But there are alternatives.
Ministers responsible for food regulation will meet tomorrow to decide whether to approve a new pregnancy warning label for alcohol products. But the alcohol industry is fighting back.
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Shifts in how alcohol is viewed by young people shows that excessive drinking doesn’t have to be the default way of socialising.
The number of older people who drink heavily is increasing. Here’s why that’s a problem.
Around 30% of people who start FebFast don’t make it through the month without alcohol. But you can increase your chances with careful planning and good support.
Prohibition did little to ease Americans’ love of liquor.
The era of Prohibition, which began in 1920 and ended in 1933, left many legacies – more modest drinking was not among them.
Alcohol interferes with the consolidation and retrieval of memories, leading to confusion and uncertainty the next day.
Post-party ‘hangxiety’ is common after drinking alcohol. It is caused by changing levels of chemicals and neurotransmitters in the brain.
There’s no way to cure a hangover, even with ‘hair of the dog’.
Most of us wake up with a hangover after a big night. But some people also wake up with awful anxiety (‘hangxiety’) and can’t remember much of the night before because of memory blackouts. Here’s why.
A night of revelry can mean an uncomfortable day after.
Researchers know the basic biology of what happens to your system after a night of heavy drinking. Unfortunately, evidence-based cures for the common hangover are still at the investigation stage.
The science of the Christmas drinking binge.
Further evidence about the harms of alcohol has accumulated over the past decade since the last guidelines were released.
New draft guidelines recommend limiting alcohol consumption to no more than ten standard drinks per week and no more than four standard drinks on any one day.
A lot of of chemistry and physics are behind how you perceive a sip of wine.
Researchers would like to find a way to relate the human perception of dryness to the chemical and physical properties of the wine.
A Zulu household, from an 1895 book called The Colony of Natal: An Official Illustrated Handbook and Railway Guide.
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A new history book shows how entanglements of race, gender, class and sexuality in South Africa flow from the moral contradictions of the settler colonial state.
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People in the UK continue to die from alcohol while the government continues to cut funding for treatment services.
Can the activity in brain circuits predict who is vulnerable to excessive drinking?
One in six US adults binge drinks, consuming about seven drinks per binge. A new study can predict which mice are hardwired to binge drink. Is it possible to do the same for humans?