we are well into the so-called festive season, I thought it might be
interesting to look at the less joyous aspects of this part of the year. It’s a
good opportunity for students to predict what the article following a catchy
headline may be about.
Look at the headlines of articles about the health consequences of the Christmas period. Then, match them to the corresponding articles.
‘The“Merry Christmas Coronary” and “Happy New
Year Heart Attack” Phenomenon’
Granny Dumping Now’
‘Festive Boozers Fill A&E On First 'Mad
'Twas the night before
‘Bust the myth - most suicides happen at Christmas
Did you know that every year around Christmas 100′s of Grannies and Grandpas are dumped at hospital emergency departments and respite centres – by people who just can’t
cope anymore; they are trying to juggle day to day stuff around their home, work
and social lives AND give care and support to older, older family members. They
are so desperate that they dump their granny or grandpa, sneak off for a break
and (mostly) come back, pick them up and start all over
The Friday before Christmas is meant to be the busiest time of the A&E year. Marco Ronchetti, a physiotherapist in A&E
at Maidstone hospital in Kent, says: 'They are busy periods. One or two days before the Christmas holiday you get a build-up of patients, who want to sort things before they go away.
Christmas may be a difficult time for some, however, there’s no evidence to suggest that suicides peak at this time. Several studies suggest suicides actually peak in warmer months.
Japanese research found the rate from 1979-94 was lowest before a holiday and highest after. A US study
over 35 years found no increase before, during, or after holidays.
Studies in Finland and Hungary found suicides peaked in the autumn and summer.
Nonetheless, don’t let someone who is affected by depression be alone at Christmas.
In 1999, my research group published a study that examined whether
there are seasonable variations in cardiac mortality in a location where winter
weather is mild—Los Angeles County, Calif.... When we plotted daily rates of
death from ischemic heart disease in Los Angeles County during November,
December, and January, we were struck by an increase in deaths starting around
Thanksgiving, climbing through Christmas, peaking on New Year’s Day, and then
falling, whereas daily minimum temperatures remained relatively flat during
December and January. We postulated that this peak in cardiac deaths during the
holidays might result from other factors, including the emotional stress of the
holidays, overindulgence during the holiday season, or
Accident and emergency departments across the
country have been overrun with drunken revellers after one of the busiest party
nights of the year.
The Friday before Christmas, or "Mad Friday" as
it is known, is one of the most popular nights for office parties, but it leaves
emergency staff struggling to deal with alcohol-related injuries and
However, because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday
this year, a second "Mad Friday" is expected on December
Around 40% of all A&E attendances are
alcohol-related but those figures rise dramatically over the Christmas and New
Word Study: Talking about amounts
We use expressions like these to talk about:
1.small amounts which are not a major problem
an increase in .../ an increased +noun
He’s showing an increase in the use of his
a slight increase in ..
She’s got a slight increase in blood sugar
taking slightly more + noun than before He’s taking slightly more painkillers than yesterday
an excess which is quite serious:
excessive (use of / intake of) She has an excessive intake of anti-depressants
the prefix ‘over-‘
overindulgence in sugary foods,
overuse of laxatives ,
overconsumption of fat and sugar
far too much + noun He’s using far too much Salbutamol.
3.an excess which is a medical or psychiatric condition
the suffix ‘-mania’
addiction to (drugs , alcohol) He has an addiction to alcohol which affects his ability to hold down a job.
addicted to + noun Unfortunately, she’s now addicted to the pain killers.
to have a (drug, alcohol, gambling) habit He’s got a gambling habit which has destroyed his family.
Despite all the talk of excess and overindulgence..please have a safe and