COVID-19: practical ways to cope with stress and anxiety

Hong Kong endured nearly 8 months of social unrest before COVID-19 hit the city in January 2020. Citizens were already facing a major mental health burden, with the medical journal The Lancet reporting that almost 2 million people in Hong Kong- about 1 in 3 adults in the city- experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)Continue reading “COVID-19: practical ways to cope with stress and anxiety”

What you should know about alcohol bloating and weight gain

You drink a few glasses of wine and there it is- your stomach or abdomen expands to a point where it’s uncomfortable, noticeable and embarrassing. Why does this happen? It turns out that drinking alcohol may lead to irritation and inflammation in the stomach (i.e. gastritis) which leads to bloating. Alcohol can also cause weightContinue reading “What you should know about alcohol bloating and weight gain”

How much alcohol is too much?

Alcohol is one of the most widely used recreational drugs in the world. Do you drink? You may be a social drinker or you may drink every day. Perhaps you drink a glass of wine once a month or you finish a whole bottle in one evening. But have you ever stopped and wondered, how muchContinue reading “How much alcohol is too much?”

Alcohol + energy drinks = a risky new college craze

You may enjoy rum and coke once in a while, but experts now say that combining highly caffeinated drinks (e.g. Red Bull, Jolt, Monster, etc.) with alcohol could be hazardous to your health. This warning comes after the controversial Four Loko beverage, a malt-liquor alcoholic drink, sent groups of college students to the hospital with near fatal alcohol levels inContinue reading “Alcohol + energy drinks = a risky new college craze”