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Backing off from the booze 1

Backing off from the booze

Backing off from the booze – I’ve had a few conversations lately with non-drinkers, sharing their experiences of not drinking alcohol in a society where drinking is very much the norm. One of the hardest things, it seems, is the social pressure non-drinkers face. Friends urging them to have ‘just one’ drink and suspicion and

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Ask the experts: Alcohol 2

Ask the experts: Alcohol

  Healthy Food Guide nutritionist Claire Turnbull answers your questions on alcohol. Is alcohol good or bad for us? On the positive side, there is some evidence to suggest that in limited amounts (less than two drinks a day for men and one for women) alcohol may decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke

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Cut drinks to lower risk of early death 3

Cut drinks to lower risk of early death

An analysis of over half a million drinkers worldwide suggests alcohol consumption should be limited to less than 10 standard drinks a week to lower the risk of death. The research found drinking more than this amount weekly lowered people’s life expectancy at age 40 by between six months and five years. The more people

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Ask Niki: Wine in cooking 4

Ask Niki: Wine in cooking

Q: "I'm ready to use wine in cooking – after 25 years off the bottle! But for newly recovering alcoholics, this may not be the case. Are there any substitutes for red and white wine in recipes?" Kathy, Timaru A: If you can't drink alcohol, you don't have any wine on you, or you don't

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Alcohol percentage of common drinks 5

Alcohol percentage of common drinks

To search this list, use your browser’s Find feature (usually Edit, Find or Ctl-F) and type in the name of your beer or liquor. You also can scroll down the list to find what you’re looking for. Name of Beer or Drink % alcohol (.44 = 44%) 1554 New Belgium Beer 0.06 2-11 High Gravity

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Ask the experts: Alcohol and ageing 6

Ask the experts: Alcohol and ageing

Q: "My husband finds he cannot drink as much in the evening as he used to because his heart beats a lot faster, and he feels uncomfortable. Is this an age thing? We’re only in our 50s." A: Our body’s ability to metabolise alcohol does diminish with age. As we age our body composition tends

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Wine glass size on the rise 7

Wine glass size on the rise

Feel like you’re drinking more wine than you were a decade ago? Larger glasses might be to blame. UK researchers at the University of Cambridge studied changes in wine glass size over time and found that the capacity of wine glasses in England increased from an average of 66ml in the year 1700, to 449ml

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Guide to cider 8

Guide to cider

Cider has a long history in the UK, France and Spain but in New Zealand drinking cider is still new to many of us. Guide to cider What is cider? Cider is a fermented alcoholic drink, or wine, traditionally made from cider apples. There is a wide range of different cider apple varieties which are

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Time to whittle your wine waist? 10

Time to whittle your wine waist?

Do you have a squidgy waist that’s getting thicker, a little pot belly that just won’t shift and a bottle of wine in your fridge at all times? Then you could have a ‘wine waist’. Here’s how to lose it and get healthier… without ditching alcohol completely. Barely a week goes by when we don’t

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