You might enjoy the odd tipple (especially at this time of year!), but how much do you know about what’s happening inside your body – both now and in the long-term – when you drink? Karen Fittall investigates.
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You may have heard that the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council has just released new guidelines for drinking alcohol. They aim to help you reduce your risk of disease and injuries – and they make a lot of sense. They are based on heaps of research from all over the world, and if followed, they’ll help you live long and live well.
Here are the facts. Now it’s up to you.
What is it?
Caffeine is the most popular and widely used drug in the world. It is a substance found in the leaves, seeds or fruit of a number of plant species, such as coffee and tea plants.
Caffeine is a stimulant which acts on the central nervous system to speed up the messages to and from the brain. It is made up of the elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen (C8H10N4O2). Its chemical name is 3,7-dihydro- 1,3,7 trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione (or 1,3,7- trimethylxanthyine for short).
Recently on air I mentioned the surprise I got when I actually measured how many mls of wine I poured to get the fabled “standard drink”. The issue being that our wine is getting stronger and that means that percentage of alcohol-wise there are more drinks per bottle despite the size of the bottle remaining the same.
Alcohol is widely used and enjoyed by Australians, and when consumed in moderation it can form part of an enjoyable and healthy lifestyle that includes good diet and exercise. On the other hand, drinking in excess can have harmful effects on your health.
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