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Repetitive use of TV, computers, trauma and even
backpacks can force the body to adapt to a forward head
This repetitive stress can cause small bones in the spine
to displace and put endangering stress on your spinal
cord and nerves, as well as altering your posture. In fact
posture is a window to the health of the spine.
Think of the nerve system as the power supply to all
tissues and organs of the body. Chiropractic adjustments
safely and gently remove pressure from the nerves turning
the power on and allowing the body to heal.
As specialists in corrective chiropractic care our focus is
to restore the natural structure and function of the spinal
column and nerve system, allowing the body to restore
its natural posture.
can lead to
• Spinal Pain
• Early Arthritis
• Mood changes
• Reduced lung capacity
• A ltered blood pressure
Lennon et al. Posture and Respiratory
Modulation of Autonomic Function,
Pain & Health.
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How can we better control our drinking in a
society awash with alcohol?
Rather than discarding this advice with the
Christmas wrapping paper and turkey bones, it’s
worth remembering these tips and hints all year
round especially if you are planning a party or
Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand
(ALAC) and Relationship Services have the
Set your expectations in advance
Be clear what you’re inviting people over for -
and what you’re not expecting to happen. If you
know there are some people that are likely to get
drunk, talk to them in advance and put things in
place to keep them safe.
Set the tone
If you’re hosting, watch your own alcohol intake
so that you can continue to have a great time
and keep an eye on everything.
Plan to do things other than eat and drink
The best bit about social occasions like parties
and celebrations is catching up with people
and having fun. Plan entertainment or activities
to get people up out of their chairs and talking
and laughing, but don’t mix alcohol with any
potentially dangerous activities.
Provide substantial food - not just chippies
Make sure there is always plenty of food
available and keep passing it around. Ask
people to bring a plate so you don’t have to
provide it all yourself. Try to avoid overly salty
food that makes people thirstier.
Ser ve interesting non-alcoholic drinks
It’s surprising how people will really enjoy
something like a grapefruit and tonic with a
chunk of mint in it for a change.
Only refill empty glasses
Wait until your guest’s glass is empty before you
refill it – and ask them if they would like another
drink first. If someone says “no” to a re-fill, don’t
Don’t keep ser ving your guests until they are
If you see someone getting too tiddly, get them to
ease off the alcohol and offer them some coffee
or a non-alcoholic cocktail instead.
Don’t host alone
Ask family members or friends to help keep
ever ything fun and in control.
Get out all the old sports gear for a game of
backyard cricket, touch, softball or Frisbee.
Super vise the kids
If young children are going to be there make sure
there’s a responsible adult or older person looking
out for them and providing entertainment.
Set an end time
Make a time for the party/BBQ to end and stick
Look after your guests
Don’t let them drive home if they have had too
much to drink.
Meanwhile, St John says friends and family
should know what to do if they are worried
about a person who is very drunk.
Medical Director Dr Tony Smith says life
threatening alcohol poisoning occurs most
commonly in young people who drink undiluted
spirits very quickly.
“In this setting it is possible for a person to drink
a potentially fatal dose of alcohol before they
start to show signs of intoxication – and then
become rapidly unconscious,” says Dr Smith.
“Under these circumstances 300ml of undiluted
spirits is enough to kill a young person.”
A person who is unconscious from alcohol
poisoning but reaches hospital alive has a high
chance of survival; a person who is unconscious
from alcohol poisoning who is left alone has a
high chance of dying.
Shake their shoulder and shout at them – if
they wake they are not unconscious. They
need someone to stay with them and look
If they do not respond to a shake and shout
they are unconscious. Lay them on their side,
call an ambulance, stay with them and keep
them on their side. Remove vomit if it blocks
the front of the mouth.
*If you are concerned about your
drinking, see www.alcohol.org.nz
Be conscious of drink risks
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