Japanese man dies after daily heavy consumption of caffeinated beverages | The Japan Times

The Japan Times reports that a Kyushu man in his 20s died earlier this year from caffeine intoxication after drinking large quantities of caffeinated beverages daily over a long period.

Source: Japanese man dies after daily heavy consumption of caffeinated beverages | The Japan Times

This tragic loss of life happened in Japan but it could just as easily have happened in Germany, the UK or America. There are too many young people struggling working anti-social hours, often in multiple jobs.

Surely, it’s time to raise taxes on caffeinated beverages to reduce consumption?

Thoughts?

Abstaining from alcohol heals the liver, lower blood pressure and cholesterol | Daily Mail Online

The UK’s Daily Mail reports that patients who gave up alcohol for four weeks were at lower risk of developing cancer and diabetes, according to a new study at London’s Royal Free Hospital.

Source: Abstaining from alcohol heals the liver, lower blood pressure and cholesterol | Daily Mail Online

These findings are both hard-hitting and far reaching. It’s a shame that the Mail has not cited the actual evidence, so that people can evaluate it for themselves. It’s not good enough to quote a doctor and publish the above headline. What about conflicting evidence?

Unfortunately, the UK government through the National Health Service is not doing enough to promote moderate alcohol consumption. It’s just like obesity which is another time bomb.

Sadly, people who binge on alcohol, food or drugs shrug their shoulders at research evidence – they know that Britain’s public healthcare service will give them priority treatment.

Things will not change until the props are removed, like introducing a range of charges for public healthcare in the UK.

Thoughts?