PARIS — Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide each year to booze. "There is no safe level of alcohol," said Max Griswold, a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, Washington and lead author for a consortium of more than 500 experts. Despite recent research showing that light-to-moderate drinking reduces heart disease, the new study found that alcohol use is more likely than not to do harm. "The protective effect of alcohol was offset by the risks," Griswold said in summarising the results, published in medical journal The Lancet on Friday. "Overall, the health risks associated with alcohol rose in line with the amount consumed each day." Compared to abstinence, imbibing one "standard drink" -- 10 grammes of alcohol, equivalent to a small beer, glass of wine or shot of spirits … [Read more...] about Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says
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Three expats have shared their thoughts on home-made alcohol in Vietnam, including "rượu gạo" (rice wine), after several cases of poisoning have been reported as a result of drinking the methanol-tainted alcohol. On the morning of March 9, nine college students, including two women, began to develop symptoms of poisoning, after hosting a party the night before with 1.5 liters of unlabeled alcohol. Earlier, a foreigner had been admitted to Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi after drinking alcohol from two local eateries, with doctors suspecting methanol poisoning as the main culprit. A questionable drink I haven't tried home-made alcohol and wouldn't drink it. On the news a while ago in India, people were poisoned and died after drinking their own home-made alcohol. How would you know that your home-made drink is drinkable? Are there any tests conducted before drinking it? Is there an approved neutral vendor to test this type of alcohol and give a certificate to assure that it is … [Read more...] about How safe is home-made alcohol in Vietnam?
Moderate intensity dancing, like moderate intensity walking, is tied to a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. "It is not surprising that moderate-intensity physical activity is protective against cardiovascular disease mortality," said lead author Dafna Merom of the University of Western Sydney in Australia. "I actually was surprised that light-intensity dancing was not protective; I would expect that if the benefits of dance can be attributed to the social and affective aspect of dancing than I would expect light-intensity dancing to be beneficial," Merom told Reuters Health by email. Merom and her colleagues pooled 11 population surveys form the U.K. between 1995 and 2007, including more than 48,000 adults age 40 and older with no heart disease at baseline. The surveys included questions about frequency, duration and intensity of dancing and walking over the previous four weeks. These answers were linked to the National Death … [Read more...] about Dancing may reduce risk of dying from heart disease
In today's age of digital photography, the craft of personal portrait painting is fading fast. Tu Hoa Loi is one of the few remaining practitioners in Ho Chi Minh City. Photography has, in many ways, become a medium of the masses. Cameras are now built in to nearly every cell phone, and many of them take fairly high-quality snapshots. As a result the once prolific art of personal portrait painting, a craft with one foot in the world of photography and the other in the art world, has nearly slipped into oblivion. Tu Hoa Loi is trying to prevent it from disappearing completely. Loi realised he had a skill for painting around the age of 11, but his parents forced him to study medicine when he entered university. After one year he decided he had had enough and enrolled in the Hanoi Fine Arts University so he could pursue his true passion. After graduating in 1959 he worked for the Central Circus Federation, painting advertisements as the troupe toured northern Vietnam. Eventually … [Read more...] about Master of a Dying Art
Four died by alcohol in Quang Ninh Four people in the northern Quang Ninh Province were reported to have died between December 2-4 after drinking alcohol made from sticky rice. The victims had drunk the alcohol, labeled as made-of-sticky-rice alcohol produced by the Ha Noi 29 Import Export JSC, said director of Quang Ninh Province's Department of Health Vu Xuan Dien during an urgent meeting yesterday. The wine was said to have been part of an October 12 batch. Province authorities later tested samples of the alcohol and discovered that its methanol content exceeded the allowed limit by 2,000 times. Local authorities have confiscated all alcohol products made on October 12 for further investigation. Southern province's court jails women trafficking ring The longest sentence, 10 years in jail, was given to Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hien, a 37-year-old woman from HCM City. The indictment by the provincial People's Procuracy said four people from the trafficking ring were arrested at Tan … [Read more...] about Four died by alcohol in Quang Ninh