Smoking 'rots brain’ causing mental decline. Smoking “rots the brain” the BBC reported today, while the Daily Mail said ‘smoking doesn't just age your lungs, it damages your brain too’. Both stories are based on a large study looking at the risk of heart disease (cardiovascular disease or CVD) and stroke, and any associated decline in mental functioning in adults aged 50 and older, over a four-year period.
Parents 'need to drink less' in front of their kids. A study into the impact of parental drinking habits was in the papers today, with the Independent reporting that parents “should drink alcohol less in front of the children”. The study was published by the think-tank Demos. The study, ‘Feeling the Effects’, was carried out to assess whether there were alcohol-related harms occurring ‘behind the headlines’.
Just a single cigarette a day linked to sudden death. Light smoking 'doubles sudden heart death risk in women', BBC News reports. It says women who are light smokers – including those who smoke just one cigarette a day – double their chance of sudden death. This headline comes from a large, long-term US study that assessed whether women's smoking habits affected their risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), where the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
Quitting smoking 'reduces anxiety levels'. 'Smoking does not relieve stress – but quitting does,' the Daily Mail reports. The story is based on research that looked at whether giving up – or trying to give up – smoking over a six-month period was associated with any change in anxiety levels. In this study, researchers looked at data collected from a trial of people who were trying to stop smoking using various nicotine replacement therapies.
Binge drinking rates could be higher than thought. "England is a nation of secret boozers," The Independent argues, as it reports on a study investigating the discrepancy between alcohol sales in England and the amount people say they drink in surveys.
Smoking and drinking down survey reveals. "Smoking halves in 40 years," BBC News tells us, while The Guardian reports a fall in the number of heavy drinkers. Both headlines are based on an official national survey, which, as the Daily Mail points out, also found that people from the professional classes are now the biggest drinkers.
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