Minimum Price of Alcohol in the UK

The Britain’s government just recently announced their new plan to increase the prices of alcohol in order to reduce irresponsible drinking. They want to ban super cheap alcohol by placing a minimum price per unit of alcohol and banning multi-buy discount deals.

Of course this plan will not go down without a fight. Already the beverage industry is opposed to this and will soon comment on this idea later this year.

Do you think it would be a good idea in the US?

Read the original article here – Times Healthland

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Should Sugar be Regulated like Alcohol and Cigarettes?

Well, some scientists think so. Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco believe that sugar is so destructive to the public health that it should be regulated like alcohol and cigarettes.

Recently, the researchers announced that this dangerous consumption of sugar intake is contributing to the obesity pandemic and is causing many health problems such as liver damage, high blood pressure, and altering people’s hormones. They claim in their article, “The Toxic Truth about Sugar,” that this high consumption of sugar tripled worldwide in the last 50 years and is contributing to 35 million deaths.

In order to lower consumption, the researchers recommend taxation, controlling availability, and tightening requirements to sell sugary snacks and drinks in places like school and work.

However, the American Beverage Association and the Sugar Association believe that the article is without scientific merit. The Sugar Association even believes that the authors are being reckless by scaring the public with the harm and effects of sugar.

The researchers argue back that, “‘we’re not advocating a major imposition of the government into people’s lives,’” and that their ultimate goal is to “‘actually increase people’s choices by making foods that aren’t loaded with sugar comparatively easier and cheaper to get.’”

What are your opinions?

 

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A Drink (or Two) a Day May Bring Good Health for Women

A recent study found that women who drank one or two alcoholic beverages a day in middle age were significantly more likely maintain good health as they aged. The good health defined by the researchers meant being free of major chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes.

The study which was led by Harvard researchers included data from 13,894 women who participated in a long running Nurses’ Health Study. All the participants filled out surveys about their eating and drinking habits in midlife (age 58). The researchers then compared it to their actual health at age 70.

The results showed that the women who drank up one alcoholic beverage a day in midlife were 19% more likely than the non-drinkers to enjoy good health later on at age 70. Women who had 1-2 drinks a day had better chance of good health, about 28%. They also found that the pattern of drinking mattered as women who spread their consumption of alcohol over 5-7 days were more likely maintained good health than those who drank the same amount of alcohol in 3-5 days. The women who only drank about 1-2 times a week were no better off than those who didn’t drink at all.

The researchers classified one drink as 15 g which is over half an ounce of alcohol which is equivalent of one can of beer or small glass of wine.

We also want to note that studies similar to this only prove that drinking alcohol has a correlation with good health, and there is no direct proof drinking alcohol causes good health.

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