People close to alcoholics can experience harm

first_imgPeople who are in close proximity or connection with alcoholics can experience harm because of their drinking, according to a study led by an Indian-origin scientist. According to a research, an estimated 53 million adults in the US experienced harm because of someone else’s drinking in the last 12 months. Researchers analysed data of 8,750 adults who answered questions from two databases in 2015 – the National Alcohol’s Harm to Others Survey and the National Alcohol Survey. They found that some 21 per cent of women and 23 per cent of men experienced harm because of someone else’s drinking. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThese harms included threats or harassment, vandalism, physical aggression, harms related to driving, or financial or family problems, according to the study. Women were more likely to report financial and family problems, whereas ruined property, vandalism, and physical aggression were more likely to be reported by men. There is “considerable risk for women from heavy, often male, drinkers in the household and, for men, from drinkers outside their family,” the researchers said. Additional factors, including age and the person’s own drinking, were also important. People below 25 had a higher risk of experiencing harm from someone else’s drinking. Further, almost half of men and women who themselves were heavy drinkers said they had been harmed by someone else’s drinking.last_img read more

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Man purchases €75000 car using only bitcoin

first_imgAS THE PRICE of bitcoin hovers around the €670 mark, the number of things you can use it for grows. Now you can add cars to the list as the first one was recently purchased using the digital currency.The Lamborghini Newport Beach dealership, based in California, announced that one of its cars, a Tesla Model S Performance, was purchased using bitcoin last week.The electric car, which is only available in the US, cost €74,914 ($103,000), or 91.4 bitcoins during the time of purchase.The marketing director for the dealership, Cedric Davy, told CNN that the man had contacted them asking if he could use bitcoin to buy the car. Once that happened, it was a matter of figuring out how to convert it and complete the sale.While the value of bitcoin dropped after the sale was made, the payment processor Bitpay ensured that the price was locked for both the buyer and the dealership.It’s the first time the dealership has accepted bitcoin and it’s now accepting it for future purchases.The number of ways in which you can spend bitcoin continues to increase. One university in Cyprus is allowing students to pay for their tuition fees using bitcoin while Virgin Galactic customers can use the digital currency to pay for a commercial flight to space.Read: Man searching for binned €4.8m told there’s ‘no chance’ of finding it >Read: China now the biggest market for Bitcoin trading >last_img read more

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