Getting hammered on a regular basis? A thumping hangover could be the least of your problems.
Here are a few sobering facts about what booze can do to your body. You could:
• put on weight and suffer from acne
• be more likely to have unprotected sex and contract a sexually transmitted infection
• become an easy target for muggers. You’re also more likely to have an accident or get into a fight. 70% of weekend A&E attendances between midnight and 5am may be alcohol related. Want to end up with a face like the guy pictured above?
Getting through exams can be challenging, but try not to panic. There are ways to beat exam stress and ensure that you get the best possible results.
Video: how to cope with exams
Good planning and a realistic revision schedule can turn a heavy workload into something manageable. And knowing you have a schedule can help you manage your nerves.
There are a lot of myths about condoms, so make sure that you are aware of the facts before you have sex.
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MYTH: It’s safer if you use two condoms.
TRUTH: No it isn’t. Using two condoms at once is a really bad idea, whether it’s two male condoms or a male and female condom. It increases the chances of them ripping. Only use one at a time.
If you’re underweight, you could be damaging your body. It can cause stunted growth, weakened muscles and a lack of energy: bad news if you want to keep up with your mates.
You may have wondered for a while if you are underweight. Perhaps friends or your parents have mentioned it.
You can check whether you’re a healthy weight by using ourHealthy weight calculator.
If you are underweight, your GP, practice nurse or school health visitor can give you help and advice. There may be an underlying medical cause for your low weight that needs to be checked out. Perhaps you haven’t been eating a healthy, balanced diet. Or maybe you’re having emotional problems, and have changed your eating habits.
Let’s face it, often the last thing you want to do when you get home from school, college or work is exercise.
In fact, you’re far more likely to put your feet up, order a pizza and stick on the telly, and you’re not alone.
But do that every day for too long and you risk getting caught in a vicious circle. The more you sit on that sofa, the more tired you’ll feel and the more unhealthy you’ll get. Makes that next pizza seem a bit less appealing, doesn’t it?
You may not think it’ll happen to you, but a few more years of the same unhealthy lifestyle and you risk developing a big belly.
Acne usually starts in puberty, but it affects adults too. Around 80% of teenagers get some form of acne, and there are many myths about what causes it. Here are the facts and details of treatments.
Acne consists of spots and painful bumps on the skin. It’s most noticeable on the face, but can also appear on the back, shoulders and buttocks. Severe acne can cause scarring.
Find out about the most commonly used illegal drugs and the effects they can have on your health.
Find out where to get advice and what will happen if you have treatment
• General help
• Cocaine, crack and other stimulants
• Heroin and other opiates
The 2009/10 CRIME SURVEYestimates that 8.6% of 16 to 59 year olds living have tried illegal drugs in the last year.
Among young people, this figure is more than twice as high, with an estimated 20% of 16 to 24 year olds having used illegal drugs in the last year.
Find out the 10 things you need to ask yourself if you’re thinking about having sex.
10 questions to ask yourself before sex
Most people have sex for the first time when they’re 16 or older, not before. If someone’s boasting about having sex, it’s possible that they’re pretending.
Exercise doesn’t have to mean torturing yourself at the gym. Here are 10 ways to get fit while you have fun.
This is one of the best total-body workouts, helping you shed fat, build muscle and even improve your concentration. Make sure you go to classes that are registered with the English Karate Federation, so you know you’re being taught by a real expert.