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The Budget: Red Boxes and Booze!, The Money Blog

The Budget: Red Boxes and Booze!

It’s the traditions that make the Budget interesting. But today’s won’t be as traditional as you’d hope.

By | The Money Blog | Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 8:00 am

Brits Abroad: Our behaviour has to change, Notebook

Brits Abroad: Our behaviour has to change

As the number of Brits who died abroad has increased by 4 per cent, it’s time to reconsider how we behave on holiday.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 6 August 2012 at 3:00 am

Drunkorexia: A stupid name, but a serious problem, Health

Drunkorexia: A stupid name, but a serious problem

“Eatin’s Cheatin’” echoes around the office on a Friday afternoon as women pick over their naked salads and extra extra light low fat Philly on Ryvita. The preparations for ‘Rosé o’clock’ are well under way. They’ll grumble their way through the afternoon and suppress the urge to be ‘naughty’ whenever anyone offers a biscuit, sweet or chocolate.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 9 July 2012 at 10:00 am

Teen girls drink like the rest of us – to forget, Health

Teen girls drink like the rest of us – to forget

It’s official, Britain’s teenage girls are the biggest binge drinkers in Europe. It’s not new research but the fact that this evidence has been included in the Department of Health’s submission to the House of Commons Health Select Committee inquiry shows that it is still a problem and that politicians are still worried about it.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 2 July 2012 at 5:34 pm

The age old classic of a drunken rant – immortalised on the internet, Notebook

The age old classic of a drunken rant – immortalised on the internet

We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. You wake up on the morning after with a big black hole in your memory. As you come slowly and painfully to life you desperately search your memory banks for a spark of recollection, in a way that resembles an antiquated appliance wheezing through its byzantine start-up procedure.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 18 May 2012 at 2:29 pm

Mitch Winehouse: If you want to stop taking heroin, there’s very little help available, Arts

Mitch Winehouse: If you want to stop taking heroin, there’s very little help available

“Nobody should know what it feels like to bury a child”, Mitch Winehouse states ruefully. “The natural process is that you bury your grandparents, your parents, but to bury a child…” he trails off, before composing himself and adding that Amy was in fact cremated. “Everybody has to deal with it in their own way. Some people deal with it positively and some people deal with it negatively.”

By | Arts, Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 3 May 2012 at 4:02 am

Increasing alcohol prices will only make “pre-loading” more appealing, Notebook

Increasing alcohol prices will only make “pre-loading” more appealing

I’m imagine David Cameron would have had more than five pints of lager on a night out with his Bullingdon Club friends while at university. Drinking more than five pints, by the way, is deemed ‘binge drinking.’

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 26 March 2012 at 2:54 pm

Time for a new approach to alcohol, Health

Time for a new approach to alcohol

Ambulances were called and three drunk teenagers were brought to my care. One was so drunk we had to suction out the vomit from her mouth to stop her choking to death. Another girl wet herself and then proceeded to vomit on the floor and hurl abuse at the staff. The third was so unconscious we ended up having to take over their breathing and taking them for a CT scan of their head to check that they hadn’t had a head injury. Why on why does this happen so regularly?

By | Health, Notebook | Wednesday, 15 February 2012 at 9:59 am

Forget drinking by numbers – enjoy your Christmas tipple!, Battle of Ideas

Forget drinking by numbers – enjoy your Christmas tipple!

A few months ago, a palm-sized piece of red and white card dropped onto my doormat. It was a device for finding out how many units and calories are in different amounts of various drinks, designed to fit in a handbag or back pocket.

By | Battle of Ideas | Monday, 19 December 2011 at 12:00 am

We should stop panicking about Boozy Britain, Battle of Ideas

We should stop panicking about Boozy Britain

Here’s what everybody knows about Boozy Britain. As a nation we are drinking twice as much as we did sixty years ago. The double whammy of cheaper booze and 24 hour drinking has led to an epidemic of alcohol abuse which threatens to overwhelm the NHS. Alcohol-related hospital admissions have doubled in less than a decade and now stand at over one million per annum. Millions of us put our health in jeopardy by drinking more than the daily alcohol limits.

By | Battle of Ideas, Health | Tuesday, 15 November 2011 at 5:00 am

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