More than 9 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limits
In the UK, in 2014 there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths
Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesit
An estimated 7.5 million people are unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing
Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year, with £3.5bn to the NHS, £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime and £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs
A minimum unit price is one of the most effective strategies of reducing alcohol-related harm. Selling alcohol for no less than 50p a unit would tackle health inequalities, reduce alcohol related crime, hospital admissions, lost productivity days and save lives.
Alcohol was 61% more affordable in 2013 than it was in 1980
Alcohol and Health
Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
In the UK in 2012-13, there were 1,008,850 hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis
However, if you include deaths where alcohol was a contributing factor (such as various cancers, falls and hypertensive diseases), the figure increases to 21,512: 13,971 for males and 7,541 for females
Males accounted for approximately 65% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2014
Alcohol now costs the NHS £3.5bn per year; equal to £120 for every tax payer
The alcohol-related mortality rate of men in the most disadvantaged socio-economic class is 3.5 times higher than for men in the least disadvantaged class, while for women the figure is 5.7 times higher
In England and Wales, 63% of all alcohol-related deaths in 2012 were caused by alcoholic liver disease
Liver disease is one of the few major causes of premature mortality that is increasing
Deaths from liver disease have reached record levels, rising by 20% in a decade
The number of older people between the ages of 60 and 74 admitted to hospitals in England with mental and behavioural disorders associated with alcohol use has risen by over 150% in the past ten years, while the figure for 15-59 years old has increased by 94%
We hope as many will take the time to digest the above and reduce digestion of alcohol this month and beyond.
Even Popeye the Sailor Man, must get tired of eating spinach all the time. I bet he would not have any problem drinking this iron rich concoction. And so will I for that matter. 🙂
A great way to boost your fruit and veg intake is by making homemade smoothies. Not just for breakfast, but a healthy and refreshing treat at any time of the day, they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins and will also quench your thirst and keep you hydrated – by Jo Romero
Apple, Avocado and Spinach
The predominant flavour in this smoothie is apple, but while its texture is soft and creamy, it doesn’t contain any dairy. It’s the avocado that makes the drink pale and smooth. Avocadoes are full of Vitamin E and healthy fats which help keep your skin in tip-top condition. It’s tempting to add more avocado to get the goodness in, but add any more and you’ll taste it. If you’re new to green smoothies, try this one for starters.
one-quarter of an avocado, peeled and the stone removed
200ml fresh apple juice, chilled
small handful washed baby spinach leaves (5-6 leaves)
Blitz all the ingredients together and drink while cold – add an ice cube to the mixture before blending for a cooler drink, if you want to.
Spring is definitely on its way and before you know it, it has rolled into summer. We need to gather all the yummy and healthy smoothies we are going to be enjoying this summer in the sun (we live to hope 😉 LOL).
One of our firm favourites is the apple and avocado smoothie. You cannot go wrong with its taste and the goodness that you can get from it.
The amount of ingredients indicated below will generously serve 2
Apple & Avocado Smoothie
1/2 ripe avocado
1 cup apple juice
3 ice cubes
3 sprigs mint leaves
juice from half a lime
Core the apple then cut into quarters.
Using a blender, combine all the ingredients and process for 25 seconds.
Coffee from the Good Shepherd – Baguio, photo by JMorton
We have run out of Taylors of Harrogate Rich Italian coffee and I thought the world as I know it was over. Luckily I remembered that I have got a few bags of coffee from Baguio, Philippines.
I thought I should try it. I tried the Mountain Maid Coffee.
I am glad I did. I was very pleasantly surprised. It tasted terrific, full-bodied and has the right scale of bitterness.
Just perfect for a cold afternoon break here in London.
We got the coffee from the Good Shepherd convent, which is just below Mines View in Baguio.
Aside from gorgeous Mountain Maid and Ifugao coffees, the convent/centre brew their own civet coffee, unfortunately for Peter, they had just run out of the coffee. He was so aggrieved like you won’t believe. He was so very, very sad that he did not get to drink coffee from beans which have been swallowed and pooped by musang (civet). What is the world coming to?!!! 🙂
Anyway, the coffees above are comparable to the best coffees available here in the market. I hope the Good Shepherd convent are exporting them or is thinking of doing so.
caption id=”attachment_49005″ align=”alignnone” width=”600″] Kalamansi, Calamansi, photo by JMorton[/caption]
This is my favourite juice of all time. It is not only healthy but it is kind of nostalgic. As a young girl, I used to eat kalamansi all the time. I love them. Some ripe kalamansi can be really sweet but the green ones are so sour, it will blow your mind. I used to eat this green ones with a good dose of salt to complement the sourness.
Kalamansi or Calamansi are little balls of vitamin C. Certainly good to treat scurvy,
Kalamansi Juice is a very refreshing drink. It can be adjusted the way how sour the juice you wanted it to be by adjusting the amount of sugar added.
Recipe for a glass of kalamansi juice:
4-6 large kalamansi
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
Squeeze and juice the calamansi over a tall glass.
Champagne is such a glorious, hedonistic drink that many have been driven to wax lyrical about it. Below are just a few of the many:
Champagne, the Quotes
Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired.
– Brigitte Bardot
Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.
– Madame de Pompadour
Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.
– Graham Greene
In a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every evening.
– Willie Gluckstern
I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.
– Lily Bollinger
My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne.
– Dying words, John Maynard Keenes
Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient Champagne.
– Dorothy Parker
There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.
– Bette Davis
Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.
– Mark Twain
Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?
– Noel Coward