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Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help. You may need help if: you often feel the need to have a drink  you get into trouble because of your drinking other people warn you about how much you're drinking…

Alcohol units

We're supposed to be keeping an eye on how much we drink, but how many of us really know what a unit of alcohol is? With so many different drinks and glass sizes, from shots to pints - not to mention bottles - it's easy…

Am I gay, lesbian or bisexual?

It's normal to feel attracted to both girls and boys when you're growing up. Find out about coming out, safer sex, and how to deal with bullying if it happens to you. During puberty, you have lots of emotions and sexual feelings. It's normal for…

Are chocolate's health claims for real?

Recent interest in the health benefits of chocolate was sparked by studies on the cocoa-drinking peoples of Central America. Researchers observed that the Kuna Indians of Panama, who drank cocoa as their main beverage, had very low blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Chocolate is the…

Are we too clean for our own good?

Many people think our obsession with cleanliness is to blame for the rise in allergies such as hay fever, eczema and asthma. The idea is that modern hygiene standards have reduced our exposure to good and bad germs, which can help strengthen the immune system,…

Are you at risk of breaking a bone?

Work out if you're at risk of developing osteoporosis and breaking a bone in the next 10 years. The online Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) uses a range of risk factors to predict a person's risk of fracture because of weak bones. The self-assessment tool…

Are you at risk of falling?

Take this simple test to work out if you need to discuss your risk of falls with your GP. This self-assessment is based on the Falls Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT) used by healthcare professionals to help identify at risk patients aged 65 and over. The…

Are you ready for sex?

Find out the things you need to ask yourself if you're thinking about having sex. Most people have sex for the first time when they're 16 or older, not before. If someone's boasting about having sex, it's possible they're pretending. There are no rules about…

Asbestos and lung cancer

As many as 20 tradespeople a week could be dying from asbestos damage to their lungs, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says.   Even though asbestos is now banned, people working in the construction industries, maintenance or demolition could still come into contact with asbestos…

Ask the GP: smoking Q&As

GP Dr Michael Apple answers some of your queries about quitting and the health risks of smoking. I smoke fewer than five a day. What's the harm in that? Almost a third of smokers smoke fewer than 10 a day and often don't see the point…
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