Fri, 16 Mar | Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy

March Film Night - The Truth About Alcohol

'The Truth About Alcohol', Documentary, 2016
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March Film Night - The Truth About Alcohol

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16 Mar 2018, 20:00 – 21:30
Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy, 1 Castle Mews, London N12 9EH, UK

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'The Truth About Alcohol', 2016

Dr. Javid Abdelmoneim, an emergency room physician at St. Mary's Hospital in London, admits he likes an occasional alcoholic drink, despite seeing his fair share of alcohol related health issues in his work. With the federal government's new guidelines of no more than fourteen units of alcohol a week as being low risk for both men and women, he goes on a quest to find out what effect consuming alcohol truly does have on humans. He himself gets measured to see if his alcohol consumption in a typical week in his life is within that guideline, and what effect the drinking over his lifetime has had thus far on the health of his liver, the organ most negatively affected by alcohol. He goes to a local pub to conduct an experiment on the short term effect of alcohol on the mind, such as on cognitive ability. Without the subjects touching a drop of alcohol, he then tries to answer the question of why certain people get drunk faster than others. Beyond the calories contained in alcohol, he then looks at if alcohol has an affect on potential weight gain by making people eat more. Unscientifically, he delves into the science of how lining one's stomach with food helps absorb alcohol more readily. He next looks into the common notion that moderate amounts of red wine consumption is heart healthy, as seen by what is known as the French paradox, the French who have an uncommonly low rate of heart disease despite a diet high in saturated fat. He goes to a sleep clinic to see if the myth that alcohol helps one sleep is true. Heading to a brewery, he tests various hangover remedies on brewery staff who've had a "piss-up". Associated, he sees if one type of alcoholic beverage is more apt to produce hangovers than another. Finally, he speaks to Prof. Dame Sally Davies, the country's Chief Medical Health Officer, about the evidence that led to the implementation of the most recent guidelines. - Source: IMDb.com

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