Over 27% of men and 14% of women drink over the recommended number of weekly units and women’s intake is on the rise. We also know how binge drinking with youngsters has become an epidemic in the UK and that the Government and NHS are constantly looking for ways to reduce our drinking habits.
In a new book by Harley Street therapist Kevin Laye who has worked closely with Paul McKenna, he provides us with the tools to cut down on our drinking. His message is not about not having a drink ever again, but instead to look at drinking in a positive way and enjoy it but be in control.
Most people wonder at some point if their relationship with alcohol is a positive one and feel guilty that “just the one more” often turns into “just four or five.” There is nothing wrong with wanting to enjoy yourself, but if you do worry about drinking too much then you should read this book.
Its full of useful techniques that are easy to follow and with realistic stories of drinking scenarios and how to deal with them.
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London: Intelligent men and women are far more likely to drink heavily, a new study by the UK’s Medical Research Council has discovered.
The stress of working in a pressurised environment is a factor, particularly for businesswomen in male-dominated professions, says the report which is published in the American Journal of Public Health.
They now suspect, however, that the stressful jobs of high- flying professionals drive them to drink. Intelligent women may be particularly susceptible if they are struggling to do well in male-dominated professions.
The research, led by David Batty of the MRC’s social and public health sciences unit at Glasgow University, says: “An explanation might be that success in the workplace requires, in some circumstances, a willingness to drink frequently and to excess in social situations.”
A group of 8,170 men and women born in Britain during one week in 1970 were studied. Their mental ability at age 10 was compared with information about their alcohol consumption and drink problems at age 30.
The academics found that men and women with higher childhood mental ability scores had higher rates of problem drinking in adulthood. The increased risk of drink problems was higher for intelligent women than men.
The study found that men and women who confessed to drinking most days had the highest childhood mental ability scores, whereas those who reported that they never had alcohol had the lowest mental ability scores.
The proportion of women with a history of alcohol problems was highest among women with professional and managerial jobs. The study found that 47% of men and 22% of women were drinking in excess of the recommended limits of 21 units a week for men and 14 units a week for women.
The government is investigating how to deal with Britain’s heavy drinking culture, including the possibility of restricting shops’ cut-price promotions of alcohol. Another problem is middle-class adults drinking at home.
Alcohol-related deaths continue to rise in Britain. In 2006, the figure increased to 12.9 deaths per 100,000 in 2005 to 13.4 in 2006 (Office for National Statistics) with a doubling in the period from 1991 and 2006.
London: One in four Britons regular binge drinks, according to research by healthcare company BUPA Wellness.
The UK Government’s safe drinking limit recommends that women should drink no more than two to three units of alcohol and a day and men no more than three to four units. But according to BUPA Wellness nearly one in three men and one in five women drink at least double the ‘healthy’ amount of alcohol on a night out. This means 11million Britons risk their health by binge drinking, says a study.
The figures come a month before much-criticised liberalisation of the UK’s drink licensing hours come into force. Police, doctors and the judiciary have repeatedly criticised the move, fearing it will worsen the problem of binge drinking.
Alarmingly, the research – carried out for the health assessment company BUPA Wellness – suggests millions expect to drink even more once the law is relaxed.
Each drink or unit is the equivalent of a half pint of beer, pub measure of spirits or a small glass of wine.
But the poll of 2,000 men and women found one in four was drinking more than double the recommended limits on a single night out. This is classed as binge drinking.
Around one in three men (29 per cent) and one in five women (20 per cent) said they regularly drank to excess on nights out.
Young men were found to be most likely to binge drink, with 47 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 classed as binge drinkers.
But there was widespread denial about levels of drinking. Almost three- quarters (69 per cent) of those who clearly drank too much insisted they were not binge drinkers.
Two out of three said they were not concerned about how much alcohol they drank.
The new licensing laws, which come into effect on November 24, will allow pubs and clubs to serve drinks for longer.
One in six (16 per cent) of those surveyed believe the extended opening hours will encourage them to drink more.
Business also pays the price for binge drinking. Fifteen per cent of drinkers took at least one ‘ hangover day’ off work each year. Some said they took as many as five.
Two out of five of those surveyed claimed they were ‘ confused’ by the Government’s advice on safe drinking.