Many future health professionals drink too much alcohol

A new study found that 43% of nursing students indulge in hazardous alcohol consumption, with 14.9% of men and 18.7% of women meeting criteria for hazardous drinkers.

Hazardous drinkers were more likely to be young, to smoke, and to live outside the family nucleus.

“Alcohol-prevention activities should envisage greater protection of university settings, particularly where future health professionals are involved,” wrote the authors of the Journal of Advanced Nursing study.

Source: Wiley

Disorder + disorder = more disorder?

 Chaos is not necessarily bad for us if we know how to counteract it with a little properly applied disorder of our own. Credit: A.Naji/IPM

Chaos is not necessarily bad for us if we know how to counteract it with a little properly applied disorder of our own. Credit: A.Naji/IPM

If you took the junk from the back of your closet and combined it with the dirty laundry already on your floor, you would have an even bigger mess. While this principle will likely always hold true for our bedrooms, it turns out that in certain situations, combining messes can actually reduce the disorder of the whole.

An international team of researchers from Slovenia and Iran has identified a set of conditions in which adding disorder to a system makes it more orderly. This behavior is known as antifragility, a concept introduced recently to describe similar phenomena in statistics, economics and social science.

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