By Rachel Ellis for the Daily Mail. Most of us are familiar with the idea of Dry January — giving up alcohol for the month, often in an attempt to make up for the excesses of the Christmas period. It's a concept popular with medical experts, who are warning that Britain is in the grip of an alcohol epidemic. More than ten million Britons drink to harmful levels, regularly exceeding the recommended maximum of 14 units a week a medium glass of wine is two units, as is a pint of beer , according to a report last month by Public Health England.
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Tom Ratcliffe was stunned that people who have injected themselves with 'all sorts of things' would not have the vaccine. Get the latest Bradford news and updates delivered straight to your inbox - sign up for free email updates. A doctor in Keighley has spoken out about the problems of getting some people to take a vaccination for Covid because they had bought into 'crazy myths' and misinformation. Tom Ratcliffe, a GP in Keighley , encountered a pocket of 'vaccine hesitancy' among an unexpected group of people - street drinkers.
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Pubs across England are already being inundated with drinkers wanting to book beer garden space for their big April reopening, industry insiders say. One bar in Leeds, the Water Lane Boathouse, has reported taking reservations in the space of just five hours this week. They will reopen for outdoor service on 12 April as part of the so-called roadmap to normality. Indoor serving will be allowed from 17 May.
A oft-spoken piece of advice cautions those celebrating with a bottle of bubbly; allegedly, champagne makes you drunk faster than other beverages with similar alcohol content. But how much truth is there to this statement? In other words, do you need to exercise extra moderation with the champagne this Valentine's Day?