Month: December 2015

Alcohol Consumption: Is There a Recommended Daily Intake?

Alcohol is a toxic substance that has many effects on the human body (Zakhari, 2006). As humans, we have been consuming it for leisure for many hundreds, if not thousands of years. We know that alcohol causes damage to the delicate tissues of our body – including of course our heart, liver and brain.

As well as the physical effects, alcohol disturbs the way a person thinks and acts – clearly seen in the amount of alcohol-related violence in our society, and more subtly in the way it affects a person’s mood for days following an alcohol-related event.

As alcohol is clearly a substance that causes harm, it makes fairly obvious sense not to consume it – and yet our society at large still continues to do so. There are numerous reasons underlying this, and one is in part the perception that alcohol is ‘okay’ and that there is a ‘recommended daily intake’ by some people. This is simply not the case – there is no completely safe, or healthy level of alcohol consumption. (more…)

Celebration

At this time of year celebrations are aplenty. There is no shortage of Christmas parties amongst family and work colleagues, followed by the ringing in of the New Year. This time of celebration is often one of indulgence and people often allow themselves a few kilograms to come and go as part of what is seen as a normal rite of passage.

It is an interesting concept to ponder – a time of year where gaining weight, eating too much and ‘over-indulging’ is considered the norm. Why is this? (more…)