doctors advice you to become like computer players and alcohol drinkers

By Live Dr - Thu Feb 05, 12:46 pm

‘There   are   nine   types   of    alcohol   drinkers’

London: Are there different types of alcohol drinkers? We probably know of two – normal drinkers and alcoholics. Britain’s health officials now tell us there are nine of them.
'There are nine types of alcohol drinkers'
The department of health has researched drinking types to promote public health campaign against excessive or binge drinking. Alcohol-related illnesses cost the NHS around £2.7 billion a year.
Health researchers have over the past one year analysed the social and psychological characteristics of people who regularly drink twice the recommended guidelines of alcohol – 35 alcohol units per week for women and 5o for men.
The nine personality types of heavy drinkers are:
* “De-stress drinkers” use alcohol to regain control of life and calm down. They include middle-class women and men.
* “Conformist drinkers” are driven by the need to belong and seek a structure to their lives. They are typically men aged 45 to 59 in clerical or manual jobs.
* “Boredom drinkers” consume alcohol to pass the time, seeking stimulation to relieve the monotony of life. Alcohol helps them to feel comforted and secure.
* “Depressed drinkers” may be of any age, gender or socioeconomic group. They crave comfort, safety and security.
* “Re-bonding drinkers” are driven by a need to keep in touch with people who are close to them.
* “Community drinkers” are motivated by the need to belong. They are usually lower middle class men and women who drink in large friendship groups.
* “Hedonistic drinkers” crave stimulation and want to abandon control. They are often divorced people with grown-up children, who want to stand out from the crowd.
* “Macho drinkers” spend most of their spare time in pubs. They are mostly men of all ages who want to stand out from the crowd.
* “Border dependents” regard the pub as a home from home. They visit it during the day and the evening, on weekdays and at weekends, drinking fast and often.
The health department will launch a trial campaign in north-west England on the basis of this research. Public health minister Dawn Primarolo told The Telegraph: “The pilot will help up to 4,000 drinkers cut down in the first year alone.”

playing computer games is bebeficial: study

San Francisco: A national study in the US has concluded that computer games foster social interaction and civic engagement and that there was no evidence that they incited users to violence.
Playing computer games is beneficial: study
The study released Wednesday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that nearly all teens play video games and that their games’ activity has become a major component of their overall social experience.
“This report does a lot of myth-busting,” said Amanda Lenhart, the Pew senior researcher who authored the study. “It’s not just about 14-year-old boys sitting alone in the basement blowing things up.”
The most surprising finding of the study was how all-encompassing video games are today, Lenhart said.
“We don’t see economic inequalities, we don’t see racial differences,” she said. “We see are some slight variations by gender and by age, but that’s about it.”
The report said it was “the first large-scale study to examine the relationship between specific gaming experiences and civic outcomes.”
“For most teens, gaming is a social activity and a major component of their overall social experience. 65 percent of game-playing teens play with other people who are in the room with them,” according to the study.
The study said 99 percent of boys and 94 percent of girls played video games, while 90 percent of parents said they played video games with their children. The figures were no doubt boosted by the incredible success of Nintendo’s Wii video game console, and also by the spread of casual online gaming, in which users can play quick and simple games online.
The study noted that the most popular game played by US teens was Guitar Hero, in which users play a plastic guitar device by hitting correct note sequences of songs. The other most popular games were Halo 3, Madden NFL, Solitaire, and Dance Dance Revolution.
The Pew report is based on a telephone survey of 1,102 teenagers ages 12 to 17 between Nov 1 and Feb 5. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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