Dr Eric Robinson from the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, researches cognitive and social influences on health-related behaviours such as eating and drinking:
“The lifestyle choices we make can have big repercussions on how we feel on a day to day basis, as well as on our longer term health. With coursework assignments looming and end of semester exams to prepare for, knowing what things we can do to look after ourselves is important.
“Making sure you exercise or are active on a daily basis, keep regular sleep patterns and avoid drinking alcohol on more days in the week than not are good places to start. But at the same time, there are lots of health myths with little scientific evidence supporting them too:
Myth 1: A glass of wine a night…
“Dependent on what you have heard, you might be led to believe that alcohol is good for you because it is full of antioxidants and life-saving compounds. If you are thinking about working in a nightly beer or glass of wine for good health, then think again. Although newspaper headlines and articles can be persuasive, most experts advise against this and so does UK alcohol charity Drink Aware.
Myth 2: Energy drinks can get me through an all-nighter
“Although energy drinks can give you a temporary energy boost, this will only be a short-lived energy kick and it will not combat fatigue. The high caffeine levels can also make you agitated and raise blood pressure. Plus, there is recent research that suggests these kind of drinks may have a negative long term effect on heart functioning. If you are low on energy then try a banana.
Myth 3: Detox time
Thinking of going on a fashionable detox diet to cut out specific food groups and cleanse your inner self? There is next to no evidence that detox diets are beneficial and the British Dietetic Association take this stance too. These kinds of diets can also be detrimental if important nutrients go missing from your diet as a result. “
The Institute of Psychology, Health and Society is currently running a campus-wide study to track student lifestyle choices, as well as eating and drinking habits. Researchers are currently looking for student participants to take part in the online study which takes around 10 minutes to complete. For further information and to take part, please visit: www.Tinyurl.com/liverpoolcohortstudy
As a thank you for taking part student participants will be entered into a £300 prize draw.