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WHY BINGE HOLIDAY DRINKING IS ANYTHING BUT MERRY

’Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. Some of us, however, take those festive suggestions to dangerous lengths and end up binge drinking. While one night of imbibing multiple drinks may only leave you with a hangover, using the holidays as an excuse to drink abusively from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve can lead to alcoholism and other negative brain/body effects.

Why do people drink too much during the holidays?

“A lot of traditions at this time of year involve alcohol,” says Carrie Carlton LCSW at Beachway Therapy in Boynton Beach, Florida.  “You’re with friends and family who you may not see all the time, and you want to have a good time, and so you celebrate with a few drinks. This isn’t harmful as long as you’re aware of your limits.” Unfortunately, that can be more difficult when you’re not used to drinking a lot, as well as when you’re guzzling seasonal cocktails that you’re unaccustomed to.

What is binge drinking?

Binge drinking is typically defined as more than 5 drinks for men and 4 drinks for women within a short span of time, usually 2 hours. The safest course of action, if you must imbibe, is to pace yourself and space out your drinks to give your liver time to break down the alcohol.

What is “holiday heart syndrome”?

Holiday heart syndrome is a term for a reason. The name was coined in 1978 after doctors in New Jersey started noticing patients showing up to emergency rooms with arrhythmias after bouts of heavy drinking, usually during weekends or holidays. These patients were apparently healthy with no history of heart problems or other risk factors. Continue reading “WHY BINGE HOLIDAY DRINKING IS ANYTHING BUT MERRY”

Eight Surprising Health Truths You’ve Never Heard Before 

–By Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD

In today’s health-conscious culture, knowledge and truth are powerful agents for healing and continued wellness. Here are eight surprising health truths that will empower you on your journey to lasting health.

We’ve all heard the idiom, If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. Lately, more and more people are taking this message to heart. The pursuit of fitness, emotional well-being, and healthier diets has taken center stage in our culture like never before. Being accountable for your health is a giant leap in the right direction. But to truly take ownership, you need to know the facts about what causes disease—facts that much of the medical community isn’t yet aware of.

For example, most people are shocked to learn that many life-threatening health problems that run rampant through our culture—cancer, heart disease, and other chronic degenerative diseases—begin in the mouth. It’s just not widespread knowledge. And that’s why people focus on treating symptoms rather than taking steps to prevent illness from forming in the first place.

My new book, Hidden Epidemic: Silent Oral Infections Cause Most Heart Attacks and Breast Cancers, delves into the little-known root causes of life-threatening illnesses like breast cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s—as well as ailments like arthritis, hypertension, chest pain, and headaches.

The more you know, the better you can make informed choices each day to support your wellness. Continue reading “Eight Surprising Health Truths You’ve Never Heard Before “