Fooled by the drinks industry

Are we being fooled by the drinks industry? To be an informed consumer of any product, we need to understand how that product is marketed to us. Our whole culture around alcohol, and our individual drinking habits are shaped by advertising. To change our personal behaviours, it helps to understand what impact advertising may have…

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sugar and calories in alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks

Sugar and calories in alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks It is funny how the mind works. You can drink bottle after bottle of beer, or glass after glass of wine – and then, if you decide to take a break or have a night off, you can get  very preoccupied about the sugar content of the…

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Alcohol and Menopause

How does alcohol impact on the menopause? You would think, in this internet age, that finding information to guide your health would be easy. But through my journeys to find facts about alcohol, I have hit countless contradictory studies and articles that make it harder to make informed decisions rather than easier. The Daily Mail…

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Club Soda Coffee Cup

Does coffee really protect your liver from alcohol damage? At first sight, this looks like one of those tabloid headlines that sound wonderful news, but on closer examination turn out to be complete nonsense. As an example of the wider end of these stories, we concluded earlier that no, champagne doesn’t actually prevent dementia. This…

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Alcohol and Anxiety

Alcohol and Anxiety – Coping by Drinking Alcohol and anxiety often go together. The fact that people use alcohol to cope with anxiety is a bit of an open secret. In order to get through certain situations, we often quote how alcohol helps us relax and feel more confident. In this blog, we wanted to…

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Fat cat on a seesaw

Why can’t I lose weight? In one of our MOB bootcamp workshops last week, a woman in her mid-twenties looked at me with a long face: “I work so hard on eating healthily but basically, if I go out for a night on the town, I undo all that hard work in just a few…

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Naltrexone

A Quick Guide to Alcohol Treatment Options and Support   Blenheim is a leading charity that helps people struggling with alcohol and substance misuse across London. In this guest blog, Blenheim’s Medical Director Dr Matthew Johnson gives a quick rundown of some medical treatments available in the UK for alcohol misuse. There are numerous treatment…

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Drunk Cloud Vomiting Rainbow

Common myths about drinking – true or not? How often have you caught your mates – or even yourself – coming out with some anecdotal explanation for why a particular drink or way of drinking is good or better than another? I have. For example, I regurgitated the tale that red wine is good for you,…

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Champagne Glasses

Champagne vs. dementia Another silly headline in the news. This time three glasses of champagne prevents dementia. Does it really? I think you will probably already know the answer. But let’s take a little look nonetheless! Alcohol and health headlines These health headlines follow a usual pattern: something nice prevents something nasty (the opposite one…

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Alcohol and teeth

Meet our guest bloggers Toothpick, the UK’s largest database to find and book a dentist appointment. When we think alcohol, we don’t often think about oral hygiene. So, we decided that we needed to find out a bit more. Toothpick filled us in on the detrimental effects of alcohol on teeth and gums: what are…

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