How to get the most out of your honeymoon

New Zealanders are being warned about the health risks of the honeymoon.

Key points:Dr Roberta Mollison says honeymooners are putting their health at risk from alcohol and tobaccoDr Mollisons says it’s too soon to know what the health impacts of the drinking and smoking areDr Mollsisons says people who do drink and smoke during their honeymoon should avoid the alcohol and cigarette companiesWhistleblower, professor of epidemiology at the University of Auckland, says honeymoons have always been associated with poor health outcomesBut, she says, honeymooners are taking on more risks than they would in the United StatesDr Molsons research found that alcohol and smoking during a honeymoon are associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes, hypertension and other diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease.

“In the last 10 years, the use of alcohol and cigarettes has increased dramatically.

It’s become a very dangerous activity, with no regard for the health consequences.”

We’re now seeing a rise in obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

“In the past 10 years New Zealand has seen a rise of 1.7 per cent in the number of people aged between 50 and 64 with diabetes, compared to the same period in 2010.

Dr Moles said there were still many people in New Zealand who were not aware of the health effects of alcohol consumption during their holiday.”

It’s a big concern, and we’re all aware that honeymooning is associated with a higher risk of health problems, particularly in the elderly,” she said.”

The key issue is whether people are drinking to excess.

“If you’re drinking to excessive levels, it’s a really bad idea.”

Dr Mellsons research, which she is co-ordinating with other researchers at the university, looked at how the health of people at the end of a honeymoont was affected by their lifestyle.

She found that when they drank heavily, they were less likely to live longer than when they did not.

The honeymooner study also found that the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and alcohol by people in their 60s had increased by almost 60 per cent during their time away.

Dr Robert Mollions research is part of a national project to better understand the effects of different drinking and drug habits on health and wellbeing.

She says people should avoid alcohol and other drugs during the honeymoondas because the risks of drinking and other drug use are high.

“What you have to remember is that people who smoke are still at risk for a number of things,” she told 7.30.

“They’re more likely to get a heart attack, stroke, and some other things.”

But alcohol is not a factor in the development of cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

“And in the absence of any other health issues, it should be considered safe to do so.”

Dr Robert A Mollisson said the honey-mooners at his research site had told him they were doing better than the average in terms of their overall health.

“They have also told me they were more likely than others to smoke cigarettes or to drink alcohol,” he said.

But he added that alcohol was not a concern because most people in his sample had never had a serious health problem, and they were all in good health.

Dr A Mollsison said while people should not try to get drunk on their honeymoonds, people who did so could still suffer health problems.

“For example, people with hypertension are also more likely not to get any cardiovascular disease,” he explained.

“Honeymoons are not always the safest option.”

People should not go to a place where they’re going to be exposed to alcohol, particularly if you’re taking the risk of an alcohol-related health problem.

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