Alcohol’s busiest season is here: How to avoid binge drinking during the holidays
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(Saleen Martin/ USA Today) — The holiday season brings a lot of joy, stress and for some, an unhealthy temptation to drink – a lot.

While some people drink to celebrate, others drink because it helps them feel less depressed, less alone, or less bored, said Thomas Britton, CEO and board member at American Addiction  …

How to successfully handle holiday stress
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(Matthew Scult/ Psychology Today) — For some, the holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, filled with family, celebrations, and gifts. For others, these same things can have the opposite effect causing anxiety, loneliness, and, more often than not, stress. The American Psychiatric Association recently   …

Winter holidays are high time for heart attacks: protect yourself
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(Cara Murez/ Healthday) — The winter holidays are a time of celebrating and sharing precious time with family and friends, but they can also be deadly: More people die of heart attacks on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year.

Experts aren’t certain what’s behind that troubling fact, but they offer   …

Expert tips for tackling Omicron anxiety over the Christmas period
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(Ellen Scott/ Metro UK) — After last year’s crushing low of Christmas plans canned due to Covid, we started to raise our hopes for a far more festive 2021.

Then, just as we were on the home stretch, Covid cases began to climb, Omicron became a thing, and we were chucked right back into a state of lockdown limbo.

Chuck in   …

How to use rapid testing to keep you and your family safe during the holiday season
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(Kristen Haase/ The Conversation) — This holiday season, we are all itching for a little bit of normalcy. For many, this means spending time with family and friends, and dropping the masks to drink eggnog. But even if you are fully immunized against COVID-19 (whether that’s defined as two or three vaccines is currently under  …

How to safely plan a Holiday gathering during the Omicron wave
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(Oladimeji Ewumi/ Healthline) — As the holiday season hits full swing, a new COVID-19 Omicron variant has come knocking on the door, potentially disrupting plans for many.

The variant was discovered at the end of November, and researchers are still studying Omicron to understand better its transmissibility as well as  …