How much booze do you drink per week?

People who enjoy the occasional tipple are less likely to suffer a premature death than abstainers, research suggests.

According to Daily Mail, mortality rates are lowest in light drinkers, who have an average of up to three pints of beer or glass of wine a week across their lifetime.

The risk soars 20 per cent for very heavy drinkers who indulge in the same amount of booze – but on a daily basis, scientists at Queen’s University Belfast found.

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And there is a seven per cent higher chance of an early death or being diagnosed with cancer for those who have never even touched alcohol.

 The scientists have now revealed the exact risk of dying early or developing cancer for men and women in eight different brackets of drinkers.

Current UK guidelines advise a maximum of 14 units of alcohol a week – six pints of average strength beer or seven medium sized glasses of wine.

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Dr Andrew Kunzmann, lead author, said: ‘Previous studies have consistently found light to moderate drinkers live longer than lifetime teetotallers.

‘The evidence from cancer research gives a different impression – even light to moderate alcohol consumption is linked with an increased risk of cancer.

‘These differences have led to confusing public health messages about the health impacts of light to moderate alcohol consumption and what counts as drinking in moderation.’

Dr Kunzmann hopes the findings, based on almost 100,000 adults and published in the journal PLOS Medicine, will provide a clearer message.

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Robust evidence 

He added: ‘Drinking alcohol is a personal choice and it is not our aim to tell people whether they can or can’t drink.

‘The aim of this study is to provide robust evidence so that people can make informed, healthy decisions about their alcohol intake.’

But he urged caution in the findings, as the reason why light drinkers have a lower risk of cancer or early death is still hotly contested.

Dr Kunzmann said: ‘It has been suggested light drinking may have beneficial effects on heart health, though this has not yet been proven.

‘Light drinkers may also be at a lower risk of premature death as they tend to be wealthier, so may have better access to healthcare and may follow other healthier lifestyle behaviours, such as being more physically active.’We feel it would be inappropriate to recommend teetotallers to start drinking based on these results given the uncertainty.’

HOW MUCH HIGHER IS YOUR RISK OF DYING OR CANCER, BASED ON HOW MUCH BOOZE YOU DRINK 
DRINKING TERM CONSUMPTION DEFINITION MEN (%)  WOMEN (%) OVERALL (%)
NEVER Didn’t consume alcohol 5% 9% 7%
INFREQUENT 0-1 drinks each week 5% 11% 8%
LIGHT 1-3 drinks each week N/A N/A N/A
SOMEWHAT LIGHT 3-5 drinks each week -3% 4% 0%
LIGHT-MODERATE 5-7 drinks each week 3% 9% 5%
MODERATE 1-2 drinks each day 0% 10% 2%
HEAVY 2-3 drinks each day 9% 13% 10%
VERY HEAVY 3 or more drinks each day 19% 46% 21%

How was the study carried out? 

Health survey data on 99,654 adults, who were aged between 55 and 74, in the US was examined. They were followed for an average of nine years.

Participants had completed a dietary survey with questions on their alcohol intake at various stages of their life. Their answers were averaged out.

For the purpose of the study, researchers separated the volunteers into eight groups, based on how much alcohol they consumed – from never to heavy drinkers.

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What did they find? 

Very heavy drinkers (three or more drinks each day) had the highest risk of dying early or developing cancer at 21 per cent.

This group were followed by heavy drinkers (two to three drinks each day), who were 10 per cent more likely to die young or get cancer.

Infrequent drinkers (one drink each week) had an eight per cent higher risk, while it was calculated to be seven for per cent for abstainers.

There was no extra risk of cancer or dying prematurely for somewhat light drinkers (between three and five drinks each week).

However, light moderate drinkers (five to seven drinks each week) and moderate drinkers (one to two drinks each day) faced slightly higher odds.

The study, which accounted for other known risk factors, such as smoking and diet, is one of the first to look at average lifetime alcohol intakes.

Intoxicated Teens Are At Risk Of Life-Threatening Alcohol Addiction As Adults: Drinking Young Raises Your Death Risk By 47%

Getting drunk before your 15th birthday nearly doubles your risk of an early death, new research reveals.

Those who get inebriated at a young age are 47 percent more likely to die prematurely, a study found.

Researchers believe early drinking may increase a person’s risk of suffering a life-threatening alcohol abuse disorder in later life.

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Lead author Dr Hui Hu from the University of Florida, said: ‘Early onset of drinking and drunkenness are associated with alcohol use disorders and therefore may play a role in elevated alcohol use disorder-related mortality rates.’

Other experts add excessive alcohol-consumption at a young age can increase a person’s ‘risk-taking behavior’ and lead to mental health issues.

  • How the study was carried out 

Compared to study participants who said they never got drunk, those who did so at least once before they turned 15 were 47 percent more likely to die during the study period.

Getting drunk at 15 or older increased the risk of death during the study by 20 percent.

Some 61 percent of the study’s participants said they had been drunk at some point, with around 13 percent of first-time cases occurring before they turned 15.

Of those who got drunk young, around 37 percent were suffering from an alcohol abuse disorder at the time of the interviews, compared to 11 percent of abuse sufferers who did not get intoxicated until they were older.

By the end of the study, 26 percent of those who got drunk young had died, compared to 23 percent of those who got drunk later and 19 percent who had never been inebriated.

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  • Why early drinking is risky

Excessive drinking at a young age is thought to be linked to alcohol abuse in later life.

Dr Hu said: ‘Early onset of drinking and drunkenness are associated with alcohol use disorders and therefore may play a role in elevated alcohol use disorder-related mortality rates.’

Yet alcohol addiction may not be the only factor contributing to young drinkers’ early death risk.

Dr Hu said: ‘We found that an estimated 21 percent of the total effects of early drunkenness were mediated through alcohol use disorders, suggesting that many other factors in addition to alcohol use disorders may play important roles.’

Dr Michael Criqui, San Diego, who was not involved in the study, said: ‘We know that alcohol abuse leads to earlier mortality, but it is also possible that earlier abuse reflects other genetic or environmental characteristics that lead to earlier mortality.’

Early drunkenness may point to other factors such as risk-taking behavior, mental health issues or a lack of social or economic support that influences health and longevity.

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  • How to interpret the results  

Dr Marcus said: ‘No one should interpret these data to mean that their fate is sealed.

‘On the contrary, these findings are useful exactly because they may help us identify those at risk so we can prevent these adverse outcomes.’

Yet Mr Joy Bohyun Jang of the institute for social research at the University of Michigan, who was not involved in the study, added that the study demonstrates an early mortality risk exists even among people without alcohol addiction, which all drinkers should be aware of.

He said: ‘Those with alcohol use disorders may receive attention to their alcohol use behaviors by practitioners or they themselves may be cautious about their alcohol use.

‘But what this study tells us is that those without alcohol use disorder may need the same level of attention if they experience drunkenness early in their life.’

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How To Give Up DRINKING And Not LOSE Your Friends: Here Are Top Tips To Get Around The Awkward After-Work Drinks Questions

Are you determined to give up drinking without losing your friends? Here’s what you have to do, according to Anna Pursglove who gave up drinking 12 months ago aged 43 after embracing fitness;

GIVE IT TIME 

We all play roles in our friendship groups: the organiser, the listener, the risk taker. When you stop drinking you create a new (and possibly previously unfilled) position. It will take the other women time to adjust.

When I first told my friends I had decided to back away from the booze, several said things along the lines of ‘but you’re the fun one’. This was hard to deal with at the time as it suggested that I was only capable of being fun half cut.

But I learned not to take comments like this to heart. They only show fear among the others that they may be losing you.

I hope the past 12 months have shown my girlfriends that I’m still me — it’s just I can now drive them home after a night out.

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PLUMP FOR THE DIET 

When you find yourself clutching a glass of sparkling water in the midst of a fizz binge, you will be grilled, so be prepared.

Women insist you tell them why you’re not drinking and they will harass you for an answer, whether you feel like discussing it or not. But I have generally found that male friends aren’t interested in whether I drink or not.

A clinical psychologist friend tells me this supports the behavioural theory that men are what experts term ‘self regarding’, while women are ‘other regarding’. In other words, it matters far more to women than men what their peers are doing.

Rather than endlessly listing your reasons, I find it much better to fib. Saying you are on a diet or antibiotics is the quickest way to get people to change the subject.

WHINES ABOUT WINE

Newly acquired sobriety is extremely threatening to other women and you can expect to be cast in the role of the ‘wine police’ whatever you do. Friends who would once happily quaff a bottle or two in your presence will now treat you to a forensic analysis of what they have consumed . . . and when . . . and why.

You’re just going to have to grin and bear it, and be scrupulously non-judgmental.

Eventually, they will accept that you are not, in fact, hiding a breathalyser in your handbag, nor will you be counting the empties into the recycling bin, tut-tutting all the while. It just takes a while for your friends to realise this is about you — not them.

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TURN UP LATE 

There are certain fundamental differences between drinkers and non-drinkers. The most prominent of these is that drinkers like to string a thing out . . . in order to squeeze in another teeny glass.

This will become apparent to you when you go out for dinner. The evening will start with cocktails, then the food ordering will take for ever while people peruse the wine list. There will be endless sendings-away of the waiter who has come to take your order because people are on their second gin and tonic, they haven’t even looked at the menu and they’re already starting to lose focus as the booze kicks in.

This can be frustrating, but there’s an easy solution — just skip the bits that don’t involve food.

Don’t turn up for the pre-dinner drinks at all, and get to the restaurant late. Get one of the others to order for you. You will miss nothing that won’t be repeated during the course of dinner.

... AND LEAVE EARLY 

An inescapable truth about a wine-free life is that you won’t want to stay up as late as the others do.

Studies have shown that — at least for the time people are actively drinking — alcohol acts as a stimulant (even if it has sedative effects later on).

This problem really bothered me at first. How could I maintain that female camaraderie if I was always the one sloping off at 10pm?

But here’s the revelation — nobody will even notice if you leave without saying goodbye.

It’s such a well-tested social trick that the etiquette-conscious French even gave it a name — ‘filer à l’anglaise’ meaning ‘to leave English style’.

Many has been the time I’ve nipped off quietly at 10pm, only for a friend to call the next day to say: ‘Oh and how about when so-and-so did such-and-such at midnight.’ The more people drink, the hazier they become about time.

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SQUARE THE ROUND

When the round is ordered at the pub, you’ll be forgotten because you aren’t drinking.

Don’t get huffy. After all, how much Diet Coke do you actually want to consume? And do you really want another of those ‘non-alcoholic lagers’ that taste more like something purchased in the solvents aisle at Homebase?

Instead of feeling slighted, see it as an opportunity to duck out of the round. You’ll spend a fraction of the money and it means you can get away when you want to without seeming as though you haven’t paid your share.

ONE THAT GOT AWAY 

Despite your best efforts, there may be someone who isn’t willing to accept the recalibration of your friendship group.

This isn’t your fault. If pulling the thread of alcohol out of a relationship means it falls apart then know that there was never anything you could have done to save it. Other than to start drinking again.

And if a friendship requires a mind-altering substance to make it seem fulfilling, ask yourself; was it ever really that healthy in the first place?

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Did You Know? DRUG-TAKING And Binge-Drinking Teenagers Five Times Likely To Commit SUICIDE In Their 20s

Teenagers who frequently binge-drink are more likely to commit suicide in their 20s, alarming new research shows.

Those admitted to hospital with alcohol-related injuries face a five-fold increased risk of killing themselves, it suggests.

The findings also applied to those who required medical treatment from taking drugs, being involved in violence and self-harm.

Professor David Cottrell, from the University of Leeds, who was involved in the research, warned that the NHS must do more to help these teenagers.

He said: “Clinicians have not fully appreciated the risks facing children and young people who arrive in hospital emergency departments having suffered an adversity-related injury.

“It is well established that children who self-harm are at an increased risk of suicide. But the research points to that fact that the risk extends to a much broader group.

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“Children and young people who suffered injuries through drink or drugs or violence also faced an increased risk of suicide or premature death through alcohol and drug behaviours.”

Sarah Brennan, chief executive of Young Minds, said: “This groundbreaking research demonstrates some of the interconnections between self-harm, substance misuse and violent injury – and the tragic consequences that these experiences may have.

“It is essential that we don’t think of young people simply in terms of a list of ‘issues’, and that we understand how distress can be expressed in different ways at different times.”

For the study published in The Lancet, the researchers, who teamed up with University College London, looked at anonymous data on more than a million youngsters over 15 years.

All participants were aged between 10 and 19 and had been admitted to various A&E departments across the UK.

TAQUELA-DRINKING

Those whose injuries were due to ‘adversity’ – the result of drug or alcohol abuse, violence of self-harm – were twice as likely to die within the next decade.

This was compared to people who were injured in bog-standard injuries.

Young people in this adversity group were also found to be five times more likely to kill themselves in the forthcoming 10 years.

The exact suicide risk was found to be 7.2 per 1,000 for boys. However, for girls it was much lower at 2.5 for the same amount.

In comparison, the rate was 1.2 and 0.4 respectively for those who weren’t in the adversity group, The Sun reports.

The findings reflect the widely known fact that men are almost four times more likely to commit suicide than women.

Two thirds of all recorded deaths were attributable to suicide, drug or alcohol abuse, or homicide, the study showed.

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Common drinking mistakes everyone makes

If you drink tequila shots,  sip your cocktail from a straw and fill your wine glass to the top, your drinking habits leave a lot to be desired.

And those who pop a painkiller as a pre-emptive measure before a heavy night out might be surprised to hear that it really doesn’t make a difference.

In fact, even the hair of the dog won’t help alleviate your suffering – the only thing that will make you feel better is plenty of water, and rest.

What are the top drinking mistakes everyone is making according to Dailymail?

1. Filling wineglasses to the top
Overfilling your glass means that your wine doesn’t air to breathe and ‘open’ up. Fill your glass halfway up and have two glasses instead of one to best enjoy your wine.

2. Popping a painkiller before a night out
Many people think paracetemol or aspirin before a night out will pre-empt a hangover but unfortunately this just isn’t true. The effects of painkillers will usually wear off before your night is over so there really is no point. Taking it the morning after however can alleviate alcohol-induced aches and pains.

3. Guzzling energy drink cocktails to get drunk
The high you get from something like a vodka and energy drinkl may make you feel tipsy but it’s actually a sugar and caffeine rush you’re experiencing. The caffeine in the drink will make you feel alert, combating the soporific effect that alcohol usually has, which then makes you drink more.

4. Drinking wine as soon as it’s poured
Always swirl and sniff your wine as the aroma of the drink will enhance your enjoyment of it. Karen McNeil, author of The Wine Bible says that when wine is swirled, molecules of oxygen mix with the wine, causing the flavours to open up.

5. Eating a heavy meal before a night out to stop getting drunk
Yes, it might take longer to get drunk but it won’t actually stop you from getting drunk. A stomach full of food delays alcohol absorption, but eventually your tummy will be empty and alcohol will affect you in the same way it usually does.

6. Drinking through a straw for a quicker buzz
This depends on how quickly you drink and the type of glass you drink from, not the method of drinking. A study conducted by Cornell University found that drinks served in short, stout tumblers contained at least 20 to 30 per cent more alcohol than drinks served in tall and thin glasses.

7. Leaving an open bottle of wine on the kitchen counter
Always store unfinished wine in the fridge. The cold acts as a preservative and stops wine from spoiling. An re-corked bottle left in the fridge will be drinkable for up to three days after it has been opened.

DRINKING MYTHS: FACT V FICTION

FACT: Eat before you start drinking: food in your stomach – especially carbs and starch such as pasta and bananas – slows down the absorption of alcohol into your blood.

FACT: Don’t drink dark liquors such as red wine, brandy or whiskey, which have higher concentrations of congeners, chemicals that are toxic to the body.

FICTION: Eat fatty foods: alcohol causes blood sugar to fall, which tricks your body into thinking it needs calories. We crave fatty foods as they are the most concentrated form of energy, but they don’t make us feel better.

FACT: Don’t mix drinks, because you will only end up drinking more.

FICTION: Eat before bedtime: this will not absorb all the booze.

FICTION: Hair-of-the-dog: there’s no evidence that having another alcoholic drink in the morning reduces the symptoms of a hangover. More likely, it is just a temporary effect that postpones the effects of a hangover.

FACT: Eggs may have a beneficial effect on reducing the effects of a hangover because they contain an amino acid called cysteine which breaks down the toxin acetaldehyde, produced by too much alcohol consumption.

FACT: Get some fresh air: Walk home with friends as exercise helps increases the metabolism of alcohol.

FACT: Avoid eating spicy foods – such as a curry or kebab – after drinking as they may upset your stomach.

FICTION: Take an Asprin while you drink: this will not lessen the headache – though taking one the next day, about an hour before you need to be functional, should help.

FICTION: Drink water the morning after: this will not help flush out the alcohol. It will of course help, but it is much more important to drink water while you are actually drinking alcohol.

FACT: Follow every drink with a glass of water to keep yourself hydrated, and drink plenty of water before you go to bed.

FACT: If you overindulge at a party, avoid alcohol for 48 hours afterwards

FACT: Vitamin B is your friend. Eat a bowl of cereal and milk, topped with a banana to replenish lost potassium, or a gentle pro-biotic drink.

FICTION: Mixing drinks does not affect your hangover directly, it is just that if you are mixing spirits, wine, shots and beer you will be drinking more than if you stick to one type

Could this be the world’s best hangover killer?

An Asian fresh water plant, might just be the latest hangover killer, apparently it has the power to reduce hangovers by 96%.

The plant called Chlorella, health benefits include enhanced detoxification of the liver, making it great for the morning after.

Tipper Lewis, head herbalist at Neal’s Yard, told HuffPost UK Lifestyle that chlorella has the highest chlorophyll levels of the plant world at 3-5%.

It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals that have countless health benefits.

Chowing down on algae might not sound as appetising as eating pizza but there are ways to make it more appealing.

Stir it into water with some lemon juice to hide the taste or, if you can’t stomach that, try swallowing it in tablet form instead.

An Asian fresh water plant, might just be the latest hangover killer, apparently it has the power to reduce hangovers by 96%.

The plant called Chlorella, health benefits include enhanced detoxification of the liver, making it great for the morning after.

Tipper Lewis, head herbalist at Neal’s Yard, told HuffPost UK Lifestyle that chlorella has the highest chlorophyll levels of the plant world at 3-5%.

It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals that have countless health benefits.

Chowing down on algae might not sound as appetising as eating pizza but there are ways to make it more appealing.

Stir it into water with some lemon juice to hide the taste or, if you can’t stomach that, try swallowing it in tablet form instead.

Choose your drink wisely to avoid a hangover

No one likes to wake up after a night out feeling like they have just been run over by a a truck.

Still, that feeling doesn’t really stop you from drinking again despite several promises to yourself.

A study was done and the results show that hangovers come depending on the type of alcohol consumed.

Your hangover will depend on what poison you partake and more so the amount consumed.

Vodka (3/10) – This is a spirit made by fermenting grains or vegetables, like potatoes, with yeast. It is then filtered again and again to make it as pure as possible. Most brands are 40% alcohol mixed with water. Despite this, a study by the British Medical ­Association found vodka to be the least likely drink to give you a hangover. It is so pure it contains no ‘congeners’, or by-products made during fermentation, which are ­difficult for the body to break down. But as it is virtually tasteless with a mixer it’s easy to drink too much. Studies found it is most often involved in binge-drinking deaths.

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Gin (4/10) – Like vodka, gin is a pure, clear spirit – but it also contains an extra ­ingredient which could leave you nursing a headache.  In gin, that dehydration effect is even greater because it’s flavoured with juniper berries which are diuretic – and encourage the body to get rid of even more water.

Beer (4/10) – You are least likely to end up with a headache if you drink beer. This is because beer has a low alcohol content 3-6% by volume for lager. It also contains cereals and yeast which slow down alcohol absorption from the stomach into the bloodstream. Beer is also more diluted with water than spirits and wines. This makes it filling and it takes longer to drink, giving your body time to process it.

White wine (6/10) – White wine, contains around 10-11% alcohol.  This makes your stomach secrete more acid, irritating the lining and making you feel sick. It also contains sulphites,  chemical compounds that stop bacterial growth and act as preservatives. Inside the digestive system, these break down and create sulphur dioxide, which can trigger headaches. In asthmatics, it can cause breathing problems

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Fizzy drinks (7/10) – Champagne and ­sparkling wine are made in roughly the same way as wine. But more yeast is added and it ferments in the bottle again, making carbon dioxide bubbles. The extra fermentation boosts alcohol to about 12%, plus bubbles speed up alcohol absorption. One theory is that carbon dioxide in the bubbles opens the pyloric sphincter, a valve that controls the emptying of the stomach into the intestines. Alcohol can then pass faster into the bloodstream.

Red wine (7/10) – Red wine has a higher alcohol content than white – around 12-14% because the grapes are picked at a later, more potent stage. It is also fermented longer with skin and pips, meaning it creates another more toxic type of alcohol called methanol – or wood alcohol. The liver processes ethanol in the alcohol first when you drink red wine. However, after-effects are likely to drag on because it has to break down ­methanol too, which means you will still be suffering several hours later.

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Brandy (9/10) – Brandy contains 40% alcohol and is stored for years to ferment in wooden casks to give it a distinctive flavour. It also has the highest number of ­congeners – these take the body a long time to break down in the liver, whose job it is to filter out poisons. The older the brandy, the worse the damage.

Dr Ian Calder of London’s National Hospital for Neurology and ­Neurosurgery compared brandy to rum, whisky and gin. He found brandy gave the most severe hangover as it has so many poisonous by-products.

Whisky (8/10) – At around 40% alcohol, whisky’s known for giving drinkers a case of whisky mist. It’s distilled from fermented grains which are aged in wooden casks, and much of the hangover is caused by the fact that many drink it neat.

A Swedish study found that among people drinking the same amount of ethanol, those drinking it in the form of spirits, such as whisky, had the quickest and highest peak in blood alcohol concentration, less than an hour after drinking began. One BMA study also found Bourbon whiskey is twice as likely to cause a hangover than the same amount of vodka.

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Red wine can help you prevent memory loss

After a night of drinking wine, you are most likely to wake up feeling like you have been hit by a truck due to the hangover.

Well scientists have discovered that its not such a bad thing to experience.

A study has found that red wine actually helps age-related memory decline.

Scientists at Texas A&M said the artery-scrubbing antioxidant resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes, is to thank for this unlikely ability.

As well as staving off the memory loss that comes with increasing age, the antioxidant is also claimed to help prevent heart disease and slow aging.

‘The results of the study were striking,’ said Ashok K. Shetty, a professor at the university’s Health Science Center College of Medicine.

This study was conducted on rats , found the rats given the antioxidant had better blood flow, memory and brain growth.

They also doubled the growth of neurons compared to the control rats and had decreased inflammation of the hippocampus.

The study,was published in Scientific reports.

Man killed after drinking spree

Panic gripped a Naivasha village after five youths who were on a drinking spree turned against one of their own hacking him to death in a bizarre incident.

The youths were sharing some drinks together at Gatamaiyu trading centre in the lake side town when an argument arose over some money the deceased was carrying. Four youths accosted the middle aged victim with crude weapons and later dumped him by the road side before escaping.

According to a community elder James Kamau, the deceased had just received some money from a relative who lives out of the country and decided to invite his friends for a drink.
Kamau said the five who are neighbours had been sharing the drinks for some time at a local joint before an argument erupted. “We know that the young man was carrying some money and we believe this could have been the source of the argument,” he said.

The elder said the four suspects later escaped with all the money including the clothes that the deceased was wearing. A senior police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the incident saying they had so far arrested three of the suspects.

The officer said the body had deep cuts on the chest and head adding that he lost his life due to severe bleeding. “We have launched investigations into the matter and we call on members of the public to give us any information that may lead to the arrest of the other suspect who is still at large,” he said.

The officer said that the suspects will be arraigned in court to answer to charges of murder while the body was taken to the Naivasha county referral hospital.

Four pints of lager a week harms male fertility

Just four pints of lager a week could harm a man’s chances of having a family, research suggests.

A study of healthy young men found that drinking just a little more than three pints a week, or half a pint a day, can reduce sperm quality.

The researchers found the effects occurred when more than 7.5 units of alcohol a week – with the average pint of beer containing around 2.3 units.

However, many popular lagers are stronger than this.

The study also found that the more a man drinks, the greater the toll on sperm.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2778779/How-just-four-pints-lager-week-harms-male-fertility.html

11 Alcoholic Drinks – Ranked By Hangover Severity

Knowledge is power, should you choose to go out tonight and have a hell of a good time below is a list of all your favourite tipples and their Hangover Severity, Happy Friday

11) Grain alcohol – It’s hard to charge right out of the gate and recommend you make the switch to alcohol you distill in your bathtub — but that’s what scientists are telling us. Not that they’re doing a great job selling it. Most of the time they refer to this as “distilled ethanol” which makes me immediately think of gasoline. Theoretically they cause the mildest hangovers because the distilling process cuts down on a chemical in alcohol called congeners. Congeners are linked to hangovers. The more you know.

10)Vodka – I mean… you make a Bloody Mary with vodka to cure a hangover

9)Gin – I think the key to avoiding Gin hangovers is picking the right Gin (basically stop drinking the cheap stuff)

8)White wine – Yeah, you might not look manly ordering a Pinot Grigio or an ever so slightly effeminate white wine spritzer, but everyone’s going to be jealous when you’re awake the next morning

7) Beer – The darker the brew, the worse the hangover

6) Champagne – There’s a reason people drink one sip of champagne then shake up the bottle and spray the rest around. Even if there’s nothing to really celebrate.

5)Whiskey – Now we’re getting into the brown liquors (generally speaking clear liqueurs lead to less severe hangovers). Unless you can find clear whiskey, which seems unlikely go slow.

4) Rum – Rum is made from sugar cane, and sugar seems to be pretty tightly connected to hangovers

3)Red wine – I was searching for theories behind red wine hangovers and the most popular one is… the tannins. 

2) High-sugar drinks – Sugary drinks are death in a glass, they give the kind of mind-numbing hangovers that defy all description. Add to that stupid sounding that should inspire a healthy dose of  caution as opposed to excitement, Mango Madness, Passion Explosion etc, its best to stay clear.

1) Brandy – The rest of the drinks on this list almost give you hangovers as bad as Brandy… but with Brandy, almost doesn’t count

   Read more at www.11points.com/Food-Drink/11_Alcoholic_Drinks,_Ranked_By_Hangover_Severity