Pub medic - Warning: Christmas can seriously damage your health
Every year we're inundated with information about the inherent dangers of the festive season—and apparently with good reason. A study in the United States showed a mortality spike on Christmas and New Year's Day due to cardiac and respiratory conditions.1 Oddly, European figures don't show this, and a similar study in the United Kingdom (based in the north east) showed that we have a higher than average mortality on New Year's Day but not on Christmas Day.2 Bizarre as this discrepancy is, over the holiday period, binge drinking goes up, leading to more drink fuelled crimes and road traffic injuries and sparking fresh debates about heart disease, stroke, and liver disease.
We also eat too many mince pies and Yorkshire puddings, piling on the pounds; then we spend January frantically trying to lose them, wreaking havoc with our metabolism and perpetuating the general trend towards obesity. The endless round of