Retirees and Alcohol: Who's at Risk. About 12 percent of retirees temporarily increase their alcohol consumption to unhealthy levels around the time they leave their full-time jobs, according to a Finnish study in Addiction in March 2017. Most risky drinkers are men, smokers, and people who have depressive symptoms. Researchers surveyed nearly 6,000 people about their drinking habits before and after their retirement over an eight-year period. The increase in drinking peaked during retirement transition but declined to pre-retirement levels within four to eight years. The researchers suggest the stress of adapting to a major life transition like retirement may trigger a temporary increase in alcohol consumption in some people. Retirees are suddenly faced with more free time than they had while working. They may also find themselves isolated and without a social network after retirement. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it’s not uncommon to develop a drinking problem driven by boredom after retirement. If you’re nearing retirement and haven’t yet given thought to your leisure-time plans, you might want to start thinking about what you can do to ward off potential boredom and stay connected.
By Dr. Gavin Armstrong, President & CEO of Lucky Iron Fish—
Iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world, affecting two billion people – that’s more than 30% of the world’s population. This issue most frequently affects women, and particularly those in developing countries. As much a every second pregnant woman in developing countries, and about 40% of preschool children in developing countries, are estimated to be anemic, with anemia contributing to 20% of all maternal deaths.
An innovative solution to a global epidemic
This global issue inspired us to create the Lucky Iron Fish: a simple health innovation formulated to combat iron deficiency. Lucky Iron Fish is a piece of natural ferrous iron, shaped like a smiling fish (a symbol of luck in Cambodia), that’s specially formulated to release a safe level of iron when cooking nutritious meals. Through our Buy-One-Give-One model, for every Lucky Iron Fish purchased, a fish is given to a family in need around the world for free. One Lucky Iron Fish can actually provide an entire family with a significant level of their iron intake for up to 5 years.
From athletes to vegans: Suitable for those at risk of iron deficiency
Whether an athlete, avid cook, nutrition-conscious mom, vegetarian or vegan, or all of the above, our small but mighty fish makes a great gift for those concerned about iron deficiency. Not to mention, this gift keeps giving by putting a fish in the pot of a family in Asia, India, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, and other communities in need in the developing and developed world. We’re on a mission to put a fish in every pot!
Recipe Ideas: It’s easy to use Lucky Iron Fish
Wondering how to make use of your fish? Simply boil the fish for 10…