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WAS DRUNK, I DO NOT REMEMBER ANYTHING!


In Mark Beneke's book “Funny Science” 1 a lot of attention is paid to the problem of storks. Its essence is as follows: if you take any village in the habitat of storks, count the number of these birds there, and then compare with the fertility rate, it turns out that there is a direct link: the more storks in the village, the more children are born there. The conclusion is obvious: storks bring children. The conclusion is wrong: in fact, more children are born in larger villages, where at the same time there are more buildings suitable for building stork nests.
Scientific studies proving the benefits of alcohol often resemble the problem of storks - especially in popular retelling. Well, for example, Canadians, whom we all know and love due to cartoons about South Park, love to conduct large-scale sociological polls. Canadian statistics is a gold mine for any researcher who wants easy glory, because in it you can look for correlations of anything with anything for an arbitrarily long period of time. It is the Canadian statistics, for example, made it possible to find out that ugly people earn 9% less than usual, and handsome men - 5% more: in conducting a survey on quality of life, Canadian interviewers were not too lazy to ask several thousand respondents about their income but also to appreciate their beauty on a five-point scale. And economist Christopher Old used Canadian databases to calculate the relationship between income, smoking and alcohol consumption3. Smokers are not lucky scary: they earn at least 8% less than non-smokers. Smoking hinders young and well-educated specialists especially strongly - their losses in income, compared to similarly young and educated non-smokers, reach 32%. Completely different picture with alcohol. Statistics show that people who drink every week earn 12% more than people who drink alcohol less than once a month. Of course, these results can be interpreted as you please. It is possible that people with poor health who are more difficult to work in were included in the group of low-drinking people. Maybe well-earned people do not need to save on alcohol. Or, because of this career, they have such a nervous life that they want to drink in order to relax at least somehow. Perhaps careerists are forced to drink with business partners. But if you wish, of course, you can suggest some favorable option - well, for example, "alcohol helps the brain to generate new ideas and move through this career path." The main thing - to remember that Professor Old did not say anything like that.
No less mysterious story happened with the Finnish alcoholic rats. For many years, scientists from Finland bred two breeds of rats: alcohol lovers and staunch bastards. In 2006, after being screened for 65 generations, they used the resulting animals to study lifelong alcohol abuse. From the age of three months, rats in the two experimental groups, alcoholics and non-drinkers, did not receive any other drink, except for a twelve percent solution of ethyl alcohol. In the two control groups, rats of both lines drank pure water all their lives.
The results were unexpected: there was no fundamental difference in life expectancy between forced drinkers and forced sober rats of each line.
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WAS DRUNK, I DO NOT REMEMBER ANYTHING!

  1. My spouse was the youngest child in the family and before our acquaintance he lived with his mother. When he was just a kid, their father left the family.
    Now his mother does not accept me and blames me for everything, even sometimes calls me a liar and ill-mannered. I understand that the spouse cannot but visit the mother, but I cannot agree with his demand to visit and respect her too. What should I do? From what you said it follows that your spouse and mother-in-law suffer from an oedipal complex. Their relationship is built on the type of "man - woman" than the type
  2. WHEN THERE IS FAITH - NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE NO
    Philosophy in the East is the art of studying the structure of the infinite Universe, the Kingdom of Heaven. Her only goal is to help a person understand this structure and order so that he can achieve freedom, happiness, health for himself. Since this theory is not only dialectical, but also paradoxical and deep, I have simplified it to such an extent that everyone can understand it. The cornerstone of all Eastern religions -
  3. Who was Freud?
    Like all great doctors, Sigmund Freud, who discovered psychoanalysis, was interested in curing the sick and in researching the causes of their illnesses so that it was possible to prevent such illnesses in others. He dedicated his life to these goals, trying to help people, just like the great therapist William Osler and the great neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing, trying to find the means that would give others such an opportunity
  4. Hypothesis # 5: HIV was obtained in Pentagon laboratories.
    According to one version, which is not proven, but not refuted, HIV was obtained in the 70s in Pentagon laboratories as a result of genetic engineering manipulations to cross a virus that affects a sheep’s brain and a virus that damages the human immune system. For the first time, this was talked about during the period of “perestroika” in some media outlets, but they did not pay attention to these publications or considered another
  5. I learned that my wife had an affair with another man.
    I forgave her for this. How to preserve our relationship and can I love her as before, knowing that another man had it? You think you have forgiven her love adventure, but in your soul you have not yet forgiven her. You have forgiven the mind. I feel that you sincerely want to forgive her, but finally you have not yet forgiven her, otherwise you would not have asked this question and you would not have been tormented by the thought that there was
  6. What should I do with myself so that in the foreground I have a husband, not children?
    Now I love them so much that before thinking about my husband, I think about them. You demand the impossible from yourself. There is a conflict inside you between the role of the spouse and the role of the mother. Maybe you lost sight of the fact that you are primarily a woman? As for your relationship with your spouse, they are hampered by the fact that in the foreground you always have children, and not him. Between feelings for children and feelings for a husband should not
  7. Recently, I was robbed, and I do not understand how this can come from me, given that I have never stolen anything from anyone. Waiting for your explanations.
    Are you sure that you never took anything from anyone? Look at what is bothering you the most in this paint. They often say to me: “What worries me most is that they invaded my privacy, that someone else was digging into my things.” If this is your case, are you sure that you never dug into someone's personal life or did not want to do this? Or that they never stole
  8. My husband was a heartbreaker, and I left him. But why are I still so attracted to heartbreakers?
    To understand, you must first understand what annoys you in the behavior of smoothies. If you are constantly attracted to such men, and they, too, are drawn to you, then this means that you have some traits of their character. What you don’t like with smoothies reflects the side of your character that you don’t want to notice. What does the word “heartthrob” mean to you? This is a man who seduces
  9. I have great difficulty with the concept of responsibility. I was beaten, and I experienced all sorts of hardships. I think I was not always to blame.
    What do you say to that? From your question it follows that you consider yourself guilty. You say to yourself: “I didn’t do anything wrong; why did it happen to me then? ”Very often people confuse guilt and responsibility. Your responsibility for what happened to you lies in your ability to state that the life you have lived was not easy, and, most importantly, in the understanding that everything
  10. In your first book, you advise: before leaving a spouse, a woman should make sure that she really does not have anything more to do with her and that otherwise she cannot avoid repeating the previous situation.
    Would you like to say in this that if my relationship with my wife is full of emotions and if I react sharply to everything, but I should learn to experience these emotions differently, and I have no right to leave him? In my book, I write that if you leave your husband for the reason that you are not able to accept any trait of his character, then in the future you will definitely meet another person with the same trait -
  11. I had a lover for a short time, and I feel guilty that he did not renew his marital relationship with his wife. I feel guilty for everything that was destroyed. How do I get rid of this guilt?
    The relationship between your former lover and his wife does not concern you in any way. What happens between them has nothing to do with you. But, relying on your scale of values, you tell yourself that it is not good to have a relationship with a married man. You must choose one of two things: either to make it not happen again, because you feel guilty, or to change your
  12. When I go out for a walk alone or with a girlfriend, my husband always blames me or sulks me. Sometimes I still go out for a walk, and sometimes not. Somehow, I feel ill at ease. If I go out for a walk, I feel guilty. If I do not go out for a walk, then I feel unhappy. I know I give in to guilt, but I can't help it. What do i do?
    It is clear that your husband only openly expresses what is already happening in you. He is part of you, who says that a good wife should not go out without her husband. However, there is another part of you that sometimes wants to go out with someone else. Apparently, the first part is stronger and wins more often. Make contact with these two parts in you and ask them to come to an agreement and
  13. The exercise "early education"
    Although we seldom catch this connection, many of our adult losses are directly related to the way we were raised in childhood. Children are sometimes told that they are not capable of anything, or, on the contrary, that everything should be done with ease. Both statements bring the child to a standstill. The questions below are aimed at helping you recognize and decipher the effects of your upbringing.
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