Less Than One Quarter Of Women Know Alcohol Can Cause Breast Cancer

b2ap3_thumbnail_girl-glass-drinking-silhouette_20151215-102032_1.jpgAccording to a joint survey carried out by Cancer Research UK and Bupa, less than 25% of women are aware that drinking alcohol can increase their risk of developing breast cancer.

In a bid to discover how much women know about the risks of breast cancer, women having a mammogram screening or who were being checked for symptoms were questioned about whether or not they were aware of the link. Of those who did know, at least half were unaware of how much alcohol is in a glass of wine or a pint of beer.

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Brits Are Some Of the Worse Binge Drinkers In The World

alcohol abuseThe Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned that Britain’s health system is still lagging behind many other developed countries in terms of our high rates of smoking, obesity and binge drinking.

Following the results of the Health At A Glance 2015 Indicators For Alcohol Report, they have emphasised that ‘urgent attention’ is needed as Britain is struggling to make progress on reducing its rates of binge drinking.

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More Than Half Of Women Cancel Plans At Christmas Because Of Fat Days

eating disorder helpA new survey carried out by vouchercloud.com has revealed that almost three quarters of British women have turned down an event invitation at Christmas despite being able to attend.

Highlighting just how badly low self esteem effects women, over half of those surveyed said the reason they didn’t want to go somewhere is because they were having a ‘fat day’. This term describes when someone is feeling self-conscious about how others will judge their weight and appearance and whether or not they live up to conventional beauty standards.

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Dealing With Depression During Christmas

depression infographicDepression during the holidays can be a terrible burden to carry but it is important to understand that you are not alone. Depression affects millions of people and knowing this can make people suffering from this mental illness feel at least some reliefe. In order to better understand depression, Life Works has created this infographic. It will help you understand who depression affects, when it is likely to strike and what can bring it on. If you are suffering from depression, make sure you speak to your doctor about the problem and get help. You can recover and Life Works can help. If you would like to know more about our depression treatment, please contact us today

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Living Close To Good Transport Links Boosts Mental Health

mental health and transport linksA new study has found that living in close proximity to good public transport links could reduce our chances of suffering from depression and the need to be prescribed anti-depressants.

The study was published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and looked at five characteristics which might impact our quality of life including development density, land use, public space, cultural and sport facilities and transport access.

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Understand Why Men Experience Depression Differently

depression in menThere’s no doubt about it, depression affects both men and women. Countless studies have suggested however that the way we experience mental illness differs depending on our gender.

Aside from the typical symptoms of depression, men commonly report feeling a deep despair that won’t go away. They may feel drained of energy and emotionally cut off from everything and everyone. A man who is depressed can be in a state of constant agitation, he may feel restless, irritable and on edge.

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Middle Aged Mothers Are Hidden Drinkers

mothers alcohol abuseHealth experts have warned that middle-aged mothers whose children have left home are becoming the fastest growing group of hazardous drinkers who are putting their health at risk.

Shockingly, two-fifths admit to drinking as much or even more than their grown-up children and a quarter say that they have increased their alcohol consumption since their kids left home. Despite this, 95% of those who were surveyed said that they are not concerned about their level of drinking and they don’t believe that they are damaging their health.

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How Much Does The Fashion Industry Affect Women's Body Image

eating disorder helpThe rise and cause of eating disorders has been long-debated and with more young girls suffering from anorexia, bulimia and now orthorexia than ever before, health experts are desperate to find out the causes once and for all.

The fashion industry and media frequently get the blame for putting too much pressure on young women and nowadays, even men. Whilst many would argue that everyone is exposed to the same images and not everybody develops an eating disorder, it’s undeniable that these industries are giving women unrealistic expectations about what they should look like.

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Smoking Skunk Causes Brain Damage

cannabis and the brainA new study carried out by researchers at King’s College London has found that smoking super-strength cannabis can cause significant brain damage.

The skunk variant of marijuana was found to damage the corpus callosum - the part of the brain which carries signals between the left and right sides of the brain. This is known to lead to an increased risk of mental illness and psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and slowed down brain activity.

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More Than Half Of UK Parents Never Talk To Their Kids About Mental Health

mental health and childrenA new survey has revealed that more than half of parents in England have never spoken to their children about stress, anxiety or depression.

Despite the fact that one in 10 young children are now experiencing mental health problems, worryingly, 45% of the parents questioned said the reason why they haven’t approached the subject with their children is because ‘mental health is not an issue.’

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The Top Five Things That Stress Brits

The top causes of stressWe all feel stress from time-to-time and it’s something that has impacted every single one of us at some point in our lives. Perhaps this is why we regard it as a minor issue that doesn’t require serious attention.

Stress is actually a big problem in the UK however. It is affecting more and more of us, it’s the biggest cause of sick leave, 44% of us suffer from long-term stress and it costs the country an incredible £10 billion every year.

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World Drug Addiction Highlighted In New UN Data

world wide drug addictionData from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been used to create a new interactive map which shows everything from how many people are using drugs to how many die from overdoses around the world.

When it comes to which countries are using the most drugs, this was found to vary from substance to substance. Cannabis is used the most in Iceland, the US and New Zealand whereas cocaine use was the most predominant in Scotland, Spain and the US.

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Common Myths About Alcohol And Drink Driving

drinking and drivingWith a new report revealing that an incredible 10 million Brits are more than happy to drive when they’re knowingly over the limit, we have decided to debunk some of the most common myths about drink driving.

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10 Million Brits Guilty Of Drink Driving

drunk driving in the UKAccording to a new survey which has been carried out as part of the Drive Fit Campaign, nearly a third (31%) of Brits will happily get behind the wheel even when they know they’re over the legal alcohol limit. This is the equivalent to an incredible 10 million people.

The results also found that those in their 30s are ‘particularly irresponsible when it comes to drinking and driving with a staggering 44% admitting to driving when over the limit. Even more worryingly, 20% of drink drivers in this age group still think that it’s perfectly safe for them to drive after six or seven glasses of beer or wine.

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The Towns With The Worst Drunk Driving Problems In The UK

Drunk drivingPrice comparison website, MoneySuperMarket has analysed 11 million insurance applications and revealed the UK towns with the highest proportion of motorists with drink or drug-driving convictions in 2015.

With a rate of 1.74 convictions per 1,000 drivers, the Cheshire town of Crewe has topped the list. Encouragingly, this figure is 12% lower than last year’s highest figure of 1.98 convictions in Llandrindod Wells in Wales.

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UK Drink Driving Statistics

drunk drivingThe festive season is well and truly upon us which means that there are Christmas parties, boozy lunches, family get-togethers and gatherings aplenty. It’s hard not to get caught up in the spirit of things which means that one drink can easily lead to two, three, four or even more.

Whilst the effects of a particularly sociable couple weeks is unlikely to have any serious or long-term health implications, this could be a completely different story if you decide to get in a car and drive yourself home.

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Nearly Half Of British Men Suffer From Depression

b2ap3_thumbnail_depression1_20151130-135025_1.jpgA poll carried out by The Huffington Post UK has revealed that nearly half (42%) of men living in Britain have suffered from depression and anxiety at some point in their life.

This was found to be more common amongst those aged 40 and over but despite the alarmingly high rate of sufferers, the poll also suggests that men continue to suffer in silence. Almost a quarter (24%) said that they wouldn’t open up to anyone when experiencing the feelings of depression or anxiety.

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The Mentally Ill May Be More Likely To Die Early Depending On Where They Live

mental healthA new study which was funded by the Cabinet Office has revealed that one in four areas across England have unacceptably high rates of early deaths amongst people who are suffering from mental health problems.

More than 200 local areas were analysed by independent experts who were looking at deaths which occurred before the age of 75. In every area, the premature mortality rate was higher amongst those with mental health problems but in 51 of the areas, it was found to be particularly worrying.

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Unhealthy Drinking Behaviours In The UK

British drinking habitsAs last week was Alcohol Awareness Week, we take a look at the drinking behaviours of the British public and why health professionals are urging people to cut back on dangerous habits that have become everyday practices for so many.

It is recommended that men drink no more than four units of alcohol per day and women no more than three yet 34% of men and 28% of women drink more than this at least once a week. If you exclude the people who didn’t drink at all in the previous week, the figure rises to 52% for men and 53% for women.

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Learn How Alcohol Affects Your Appearance

Alcohol affects on the bodyWe all know that drinking too much alcohol can be incredibly damaging to our health. Sadly, too many people ignore this fact until it’s too late because we convince ourselves we’ll be ok as we can’t see what’s going on inside our bodies.

Alcohol can have a huge effect on our appearance as well which is a clear sign that it might be time to cut back. If you look in the mirror and recognise any of these symptoms, consider reducing your intake, the number of days per week you consume alcohol or even try cutting it out completely for a while.

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