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Brits Dive Hard and Drink Hard

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In many quarters, alcohol has been woven into the social fabric of sport diving. You probably know some divers who spend much of the evening at the bar between dive days. Such behavior is still prevalent, as described in a recent issue of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. A research team at the Diving Diseases Research Centre in Plymouth, England, sent an anonymous questionnaire to divers in the fall of 2010 to collect information on their health, diving and alcohol consumption, especially around diving.

One question focused on the diver's understanding of the U.K. government recommendations for alcohol intake. An alcohol "unit" was defined as equal to 8.5 ounces of standard beer, 0.8 ounces of spirits or 5.9 ounces of red wine. The daily recommended limit on units is two to three for men (11-21 per week) and one to two for women (8 -14 per week). Binge drinking is defined as drinking more than double the daily limit....


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