| Andrew Cooke | Contents | Latest | RSS | Twitter | Previous | Next


Welcome to my blog, which was once a mailing list of the same name and is still generated by mail. Please reply via the "comment" links.

Always interested in offers/projects/new ideas. Eclectic experience in fields like: numerical computing; Python web; Java enterprise; functional languages; GPGPU; SQL databases; etc. Based in Santiago, Chile; telecommute worldwide. CV; email.

Personal Projects

Lepl parser for Python.

Colorless Green.

Photography around Santiago.

SVG experiment.

Professional Portfolio

Calibration of seismometers.

Data access via web services.

Cache rewrite.

Extending OpenSSH.

C-ORM: docs, API.

Last 100 entries

Small Success With Go!; Re: Quick message - This link is broken; Adding Reverb To The Echo Chamber; Sox Audio Tools; Would This Have Been OK?; Honesty only important economically before institutions develop; Stegangraphy via PS4; OpenCL Mess; More Book Recommendations; Good Explanation of Difference Between Majority + Minority; Musical Chairs - Who's The Privileged White Guy; I can see straight men watching this conversation and laffing; When it's Actually a Source of Indignation and Disgust; Meta Thread Defending POC Causes POC To Close Account; Indigenous People Of Chile; Curry Recipe; Interesting Link On Marginality; A Nuclear Launch Ordered, 1962; More Book Recs (Better Person); It's Nuanced, And I Tried, So Back Off; Marx; The Negative Of Positive; Jenny Holzer Rocks; Huge Article on Cultural Evolution and More; "Ignoring language theory"; Negative Finger Counting; Week 12; Communication Via Telecomm Bids; Finding Suspects Via Relatives' DNA From Non-Crime Databases; Statistics and Information Theory; Ice OK in USA; On The Other Hand; (Current Understanding Of) Chilean Taxes / Contributions; M John Harrison; Playing Games on a Cloud GPU; China Gamifies Real Life; Can't Help Thinking It's Thoughtcrime; Mefi Quotes; Spray Painting Bike Frame; Weeks 10 + 11; Change: No Longer Possible To Merge Metadata; Books on Old Age; Health Tree Maps; MRA - Men's Rights Activists; Writing Good C++14; Risk Assessment - Fukushima; The Future of Advertising and Surveillance; Travelling With Betaferon; I think I know what I dislike so much about Metafilter; Weeks 8 + 9; More; Pastamore - Bad Italian in Vitacura; History Books; Iraq + The (UK) Governing Elite; Answering Some Hard Questions; Pinochet: The Dictator's Shadow; An Outsider's Guide To Julia Packages; Nobody gives a shit; Lepton Decay Irregularity; An Easier Way; Julia's BinDeps (aka How To Install Cairo); Good Example Of Good Police Work (And Anonymity Being Hard); Best Santiago Burgers; Also; Michael Emmerich (Vibrator Translator) Interview (Japanese Books); Clarice Lispector (Brazillian Writer); Books On Evolution; Looks like Ara (Modular Phone) is dead; Index - Translations From Chile; More Emotion in Chilean Wines; Week 7; Aeon Magazine (Science-ish); QM, Deutsch, Constructor Theory; Interesting Talk Transcripts; Interesting Suggestion Of Election Fraud; "Hard" Books; Articles or Papers on depolarizing the US; Textbook for "QM as complex probabilities"; SFO Get Libor Trader (14 years); Why Are There Still So Many Jobs?; Navier Stokes Incomplete; More on Benford; FBI Claimed Vandalism; Architectural Tessellation; Also: Go, Blake's 7; Delusions of Gender (book); Crypto AG DID work with NSA / GCHQ; UNUMS (Universal Number Format); MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses); Interesting Looking Game; Euler's Theorem for Polynomials; Weeks 3-6; Reddit Comment; Differential Cryptanalysis For Dummies; Japanese Graphic Design; Books To Be Re-Read; And Today I Learned Bugs Need Clear Examples; Factoring a 67 bit prime in your head; Islamic Geometric Art; Useful Julia Backtraces from Tasks; Nothing, however, is lost with less discomfort than that which, when lost, cannot be missed

© 2006-2015 Andrew Cooke (site) / post authors (content).

Alcohol Use and Abuse

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 20:26:29 -0300 (CLST)

It is very difficult to get accurate information about alcohol use.  I
wanted to understand my own level of drinking as I really have no idea
what is excessive or not.

I went to http://www.downyourdrink.org.uk which is described in this paper
- http://alcalc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/39/1/29 - but
found that it contained three different measurements of a unit:
 - One small glass (125ml) of wine was defined as 1 unit
 - A bottle of wine (750ml) was defined as 7.5 units (100ml = 1 unit)
 - Two small glasses of wine (250ml) was recorded as 3.1 units
   in their online drink diary (83ml = 1 unit)

It seems - according to
http://her.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/19/5/485 - that a unit in
the UK is 8g of alcohol or 10ml (8g is also confirmed in the govt report
below).  The wine I am currently drinking is 13%, and there's 750ml in a
bottle, so that's 97.5ml or 10 units.

This UK govt report -
http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/08/47/02/04084702.pdf - says that 3 to 4
units a day should not be a significant health risk (for men).  Also,
leave 2 days after heavy drinking.

Having a wine free day is something I hadn't thought of, and I rather like
the idea.  So let's declare Monday wine free and set a limit of 3 units on
the other 6 days of the week (since my weight is quite low I should err on
the side of caution).  That means 18 units a week, which is close enough
to two bottles.

So here's my healthy drinking plan: new bottles on Tuesday and Friday. 
Since I probably drink more at a weekend and less during weekdays, it
might make sense to open the second bottle Saturday.

But what about (i) going out and (ii) the occasional spirit?  Going out is
normally a restaurant with Pauli, and wine is (relatively) expensive so
I'll get a coke instead.  A party or similar at someone's house is so rare
in my boring life that it can be ignored.  My main source of spirits is
Pisco Sour left in the fridge (by Pauli's students - don't ask!).  So
let's dump that.

Happily this fits pretty much with what I have been doing anyway :o)


Comment on this post