Women are now drinking as much as men, a study of college students has found.
In the survey of 2,275 UCC undergraduates, Mr Davoren found that 66.4% of students reported hazardous alcohol consumption — 65.2% for men and 67.3% for women — compared to 64% amongst the general population.
What: "Goulash is the ultimate winter warming stew, not to mention a great hangover cure," says chef Wolfgang Ban of Edi & the Wolf. "It's a trick in our native Austria that dates back to Kaiser Franz Josef, so you know it's for real!" And we're inclined to trust their take on the classic, given that it includes bacon, veal cheeks, tomatoes, potatoes and tons of garlic and paprika—a stick-to-your-ribs cure-all if ever we've heard one. (Bonus points for the bacon.)
Wash it down with: According to chef Ban, a cold stiegl (Austria's signature beer) is the way to go.
I often wander in around 1:03, check the take, the booze stocks, and the general cleanliness of the place. Sometimes I take a small nip of whisky, and enjoy having my bar all to myself, a few quiet moments. I like to think of this iconic saloon as an art museum that supports itself by selling booze.
As we get ready for the Super Bowl this Sunday, there are a few things we need to be aware of if we’re planning on going to work on Monday.
Not everyone has the privilege of skipping a day of work for partying the night before, even if it’s because of the greatest night in American sports.
So to help you get through your day the Monday after the Super Bowl, we’ve compiled 5 easy hangover tips and tricks.
Bananas. As we mentioned before, when you drink alcohol, you pee a lot. Besides dehydration, you lose a lot of potassium which is drained from your body. Eating a banana will help your potassium levels and will actually make you feel a little bit stronger.
Have toast, crackers. Although there are no foods that will miraculously cure a hangover, carbs can help bring your blood sugar levels back up the morning after a crazy night out of drinking. According to Men’s Health, “when blood sugar levels dip, your liver reacts by producing more glucose from stored carbs. But if you've been drinking too much, your liver is busy metabolizing the alcohol and can't handle the extra work, so your blood sugar levels stay down, and you can feel irritable and tired.”
Pain Medication. Yes, we know. Your head is pounding and you can not concentrate on what you have to do. You can barely open your eyes because that headache is pushing your lids all the way down. Well, be careful what pain killers you take. Doctors recommend aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen, which are “nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs” (NSAIDs) but recommend to stay away from acetaminophen because it can cause liver damage when you’re combining it with a liver that’s already trying to metabolize alcohol.
Pepto Bismol, Alka-Seltzer or antacids. Sometimes with hangover comes a lot of stomachaches and you might need a little of “over the counter” help to relieve queasiness and to settle your stomach.
Hopefully these tips will help you have an easy Monday at work after the big game on Sunday, but always remember to drink responsibly, to don’t drink and drive and to always be aware when to stop. Your health is more important than anything else. Enjoy the Super Bowl safely!
Protects heart: Wine contains one of the most powerful antioxidant compounds which can help reduce the saturated fat deposits in the arteries. Red wine also contains compounds that protects you against cardiovascular diseases. Red wine, when drunk in moderation, raises your HDL cholesterol, which is the good cholesterol.
Prevents tooth decay: Wine hardens your enamel which in turn prevents tooth decay and the growth of bacteria. Wine also reduces gum inflammation and prevents gum diseases.
For sound sleep: Red wine contains melatonin which can help you sleep peacefully. But wine for good sleep is recommended once in a while, not frequently.
For a long life: Scientists believe that red wine can elongate your life span to a certain extent. It also protects you from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Boosts performance during workout: Researchers found that high doses of resveratrol, a bio compound found in red wine, improved physical performance, heart function and muscle strength.
Scientists said that a compound in beer hops can protect the brain.
Hops have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine.
An ingredient in beer hops, xanthohumol (also known as Xn) has been shown to protect the brains of mice from cell damage.
Wine may be the popular choice for health benefits, but Xn has been shown to fend off cancer, viruses, obesity and inflammation. Its brain-boosting benefits haven't been seriously studied — until now.
Reporting in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Jianguo Fang and colleagues said that Xn was shown not only to fight free radicals but also jump-start signaling and protect cells from neurotoxicity.
Neuronal cells — which are in the brain, spine and nerves — are in limited supply over one's lifetime and especially susceptible to stress.
This stress is thought to be one of the ways brain-related disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's begin.
Hops have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries.
The researchers' surprising counsel: To get the benefits of Xn, all it takes is a daily intake of products containing Xn, such as beer.
In the 140-year life of the Jack Daniel's, the world's best-selling whiskey, the liquor's keepers have managed their old-fashioned brand with a blend of savvy salesmanship and pithy advertising.
A physically diminutive man only five feet two inches tall, Jack Daniel devoted his outsized personality to the ideal of making a whiskey that, thanks to charcoal filtering and other factors, he could be proud to sell at a premium price.
The basic policy was embedded in the Law for the Prevention of Descendants affected by Hereditary Disorders, which was promulgated in 1933 soon after the Nazis came to power. The basic policy was designed not to provide treatment for alcoholics but to minimize the incidence of alcoholism in the future. This would be achieved by sterilizing anyone diagnosed as alcoholic. It is estimated that between 15,000 and 30,000 individuals diagnosed as alcoholics were sterilized under this law.
The Bard’s life is celebrated with gatherings over dinners of haggis – a savoury dish made from sheep heart, liver and lungs prepared in stomach lining – renditions of his song Auld Lang Syne that is widely sung at New Year’s Eve and plenty of cheer and merriment.
"Everybody was drunk. The whole battery was drunk, going along the road in the dark. We were going to the Champagne. The lieutenant kept riding his horse out into the fields and saying, 'I'm drunk, I tell you mon vieux. Oh, I am so soused.'"
1. A cold bath : Have a cold shower to force your body into waking up.
2. Mint : The morning after, there is a high chance that you have nausea from too much alcohol along with the urge to vomit, try mint tea or mint sweets to counter the nausea you are feeling. Better still brush your teeth leaving a minty fresh taste in your mouth.
3. Spicy food : Any meal that is spicy will most definitely do a hang over victim a lot of good. After a hangover, you will most likely be hungry and nauseous. First step is to deal with the nausea and then proceed to fill your empty belly with something peppery; which is known to cleanse the system and increase metabolism. Try pepper soup or any food that is spicy to jolt you back to life.
4. Pain killers : After you must have had a cold shower and the headache still doesn’t disappear you may have to result to pain killers so your head doesn’t keep feeling like heavy metal.
5. Drink plenty water : After a hangover the body is left dehydrated so a very effective way to recover to is to hydrate the body. You can carry a bottle of water around and keep sipping, it’ll help flush out all the alcoholic toxins in your body from the previous night.
6. Stimulants: Drinking coffee or energy drinks like Lucozade Boost can actually help after a hangover. Since a hangover leaves you feeling weak, a shot of caffeine can help awaken your senses. However, don’t rely on just this, alternate between stimulants and water.
7. Exercise: This is quite difficult for anyone who is hungover to do but it works. Engage in a work out that will help you sweat out the alcohol and other toxins. After a good run, drink plenty of water, take a cold bath and have a power breakfast and you are gold.
"(During World I) French soldiers consumed red wine, which was thought to be more masculine than white wine to put fire into men's blood. Other nationalities seem not to have had the same qualms. "Australian soldiers are said to have drunk cheap (and almost certainly awful tasting) white wine, and they pronounced vin blanc "van blonk," a phrase that was soon corrupted to 'plonk' and applied to any cheap, poor quality wine."
Joining regular brews on store shelves are products like Kombrewcha, a combo of beer and kombucha tea with wide appeal to the health conscious.
The idea of tea and beer may take some getting used to, but health care professionals say the benefits are hard to ignore: lower sugar than sodas and usually lower in alcohol than cocktails and regular beer.
As millions of well-intentioned oenophiles forge into the new year with a cellar's worth of good intentions, past experience tells us what bright eyes may be bursting with expectations of resolutions met will soon dwindle to dejected doubters looking back on broken self-promises. Relax. Take a drink.
Research says your favorite bottle of red wine or Champagne might actually help you achieve your health-oriented goals.
Keeping Your Heart Happy
If you've gone with your heart and decided to keep your ticker in tip-top shape this year as part of your resolutions, then raise a glass of red wine. Moderate drinking can raise your levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL). HDL is commonly known as “good cholesterol” because it helps your body rid your blood vessels of bad cholesterol, also known as low-density lipoprotein or LDL.
Dr. Paul E. Szmitko and Dr. Subodh Verma talked about the effect of red wine on cholesterol levels in a 2005 American Heart Association journal article titled, “Red Wine and Your Heart".
“One to 2 drinks per day of any alcohol type have been shown to increase HDL cholesterol by about 12 percent,” Szmitko and Verma said.
This effect can be attributed to the levels of polyphenolic compounds in red wine, which play an important role in maintaining cardiovascular health.
Polyphenols have antioxidant properties, which means they have the ability to slow or halt the degeneration of cells.
Not only do polyphenols help raise HDL levels, they wrote, but they also may help prevent the onset of atherosclerosis, the disease in which blood vessels begin to harden as the result of any number of factors including high blood-pressure and high cholesterol.
“Both the alcohol and polyphenolic compounds found in red wine appear to favorably maintain healthy blood vessels by promoting the formation of nitric oxide, the key chemical relaxing factor that plays a pivotal role in the regulation of vascular tone,” the doctors said.
Citing another study about heart health, Szmitko and Verma said that men without cardiovascular disease who drink one to drinks per day at a rate three to four days per week could decrease the risk of a heart attack “by as much as 32 %.”
Keeping Your Mind Sharp
Your brain may be delighted to hear that you've pledge to sharpen your memory this year through regular binges of Luminosity and other upstart brain-health apps.
Before you start building your memory theater, you may want to heed the advice of a team of researchers from the United Kingdom's University of Reading.
The Reading team completed a study in 2013 in which they tested the effects of phenolic acid present in the red and white grapes used to make Champagne.
The study was an important one, among other reasons, because it proved that red grapes and aren't the only globes in the bunch which have a positive effect on the human body.
According to the team's research, the phenolic compounds in Champagne's red and white grapes “can improve spatial memory which is responsible for recording information about one's environment, and storing the information for future navigation.”
In other words, drinking one to three glasses of Champagne a week just might help you remember where you set your keys next time you're headed out the door to pick up a memory-boosting bottle of bubbly.
The compounds in Champagne were able to alter proteins which scientists have linked to the body's ability to store memories in the brain. These alterations, according to the study, are positive ones which enhance the body's aptitude for spatial memory and, possibly, for fighting cognitive loss later in life.
“These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory,” University of Reading Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences Professor Jeremy Spencer said in a university press release following the publishing of the study's results.
His excitement comes with a caveat, however – “We encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, and our results suggest that a very low intake of one to two glasses a week can be effective.”
Keeping Your Slumber Sweet
Most wine drinkers have long extolled the virtues of a glass of the good stuff before you hit the hay; research shows that 20 percent of the United States' adult population has a drink to help themselves fall asleep.
While your favorite wine might make you dive into dreamland quicker than you normally would, what happens the rest of the night is an entirely different story, according to a recent study by the University of Missouri School of Medicine's Dr. Mahesh Thakkar and Dr. Pradeep Sahota.
“Alcohol disrupts sleep and the quality of sleep is diminished. Additionally, alcohol is a diuretic, which increases your need to go to the bathroom and causes you to wake up earlier in the morning,” Sahota said in a University of Missouri press release earlier this month.
Though simple in principle – who hasn't made a run to the bathroom after a night at your favorite wine bar? – the discovery is linked to the complex workings of homeostasis, the process which regulates how long you need to sleep in relation to how long you've been awake.
By urging on the leaping sheep through a glass of wine before bed, you're fooling your body's regulatory sleep system.
“Alcohol alters the sleep homeostatic mechanism and puts pressure on an individual to sleep,” the press release said.
Alcohol typically sends you into deep sleep, skipping over your REM cycle, according to United Kingdom-based Drinkaware.
“In the course of a night you usually have six to seven cycles of REM sleep, which leaves you feeling refreshed,” Drinkaware said in an article titled “Alcohol and sleep”. “However, if you've been drinking you'll typically have only one to two (REM cycles), meaning you can wake feeling exhausted.”
Drinkaware recommends having your last glass of wine at least two hours before bedtime.
Faced with a shortage of wine, French drinkers turned to beer and distilled spirits, and the production of spirits doubled between 1870 and 1890. One of these spirits was absinthe, the first alcoholic beverage to be banned outright in many countries. Absinthe is made by macerating the leaves and top part of the wormwood plant, along with ingredients such as anise and fennel, in distilled alcohol, and then distilling it again. In its most popular form, it is a bright green liquid that turns to a cloudy yellow when water is added, commonly by being poured through a cube of sugar sitting on a special slotted spoon. Absinthe was first introduced to France in the 1840s, in the backpacks of soldiers returning from the war of conquest in Algeria, where it had been used as a cure for dysentery, fever, malaria. It became popular in the bistros and bars of Paris in the 1860s and 1870s, when five o'clock in the afternoon, the time after work people drank absinthe, became known as "the green hour."
Beer is the world’s most widely used alcoholic drink, also it is the third most famous drink, next to water and tea.
Good for your kidneys – drinking beer was found to be good for the kidneys. A bottle of beer reduces the risk of developing kidney stones.
Aids digestion – beer contains fiber, not found in wine, that aid in the digestive process. This also helps in the reduction of digestive diseases like constipation.
Higher Bone density – Silicone level in beer helps build bones stronger.
Lowers Bad Cholesterol – since beer contains fiber, it also helps lower LDL, also known as “bad cholesterol”.
Sleep – beer has lactoflavin and nicotinic acid. These compounds are said to aid in better sleeping, also serves as cure for insomnia.
Heart Ailments –since beer lowers bad cholesterol, it can reduce the risk of other heart ailments like stroke. It has been found that beer drinkers are 40 to 60 percent less to suffer from heart diseases than those who do not drink beer. Research has shown that moderate drinkers were 30 to 35 percent less likely to have a heart attack than non-drinkers.
Dementia – beer helps to lessen the possibility of dementia. Though the cause is still unfounded, researchers suggest that this may be because of the social factors associated with beer drinking.
Stroke – since beer acts a a thinning agent, allowing better movement of the blood through the arteries and reduces the formation of blood clots, it helps in the reduction of stroke.
Combat Stress – at the University of Montreal, researchers have found that drinking two glasses of beer a day lowers work-related stress and anxiety. Having a bottle with your office-mates after a hectic day at work will help in the redutcion of stress.
Skin Rejuvenation – now, women has a reason to drink beer. It has been found that beer drinking helps in the regeneration of cells of the skin that makes it look suppler and smoother!