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Your wild weekend antics could be costing you more than your dignity, with new research revealing that hangovers and comedowns are causing a damage bill of $3 billion to the Australian economy.
A recent study conducted by Flinders University found that as a nation we are chucking around 11.5 million sick days due to the after-effects of drugs and alcohol. What’s more, combining the two is said to result in “Weepy Wednesdays” – a comedown that decreases general wellbeing and productivity through the week due to the delayed effects of drug use.
Professor Ann Roche, lead author and director of NCETA, told Pedestrian TV that in the case of alcohol, people often don’t think that their sick days are the result of a few too many. ”Often people will have a lot to drink on Friday or Saturday and then have diarrhoea or gastro type symptoms on a Monday morning that are a direct result of the alcohol, but they don’t connect these with their drinking.”
She also pointed out that “alcohol puts a bit of a tax on your immune system” and can be associated with mental health problems. “If people are prone towards anxiety and depression, they often self-medicate with alcohol,” she explained.
For the purpose of the study, over 12,000 people – with an average age of 41.1 years – were surveyed about their habits and how they affected work and study commitments. More than half of respondents (56.1 per cent) were found to drink alcohol at “low-risk levels,” 26.6 per cent at “risky levels,” while 9.3 per cent admitted to consuming alcohol “high-risk.” Only 8 per cent of people abstained.
In terms of drug use, 7 per cent admitted to using yearly, 3 per cent did so monthly and 5 per cent were found to be using on a weekly basis. While these figures don’t seem overly concerning, Roche said that it was a “huge increase in cost to the economy” with workplace absenteeism costing an extra $1.2 billion per year in comparison to 2001 stats.
So what’s an employer to do? “Implement a formal AOD policy,” the professor recommended, which includes access to counselling and treatment, along with promote a healthier culture in the workplace, particularly around alcohol.
Say goodbye to Friday office drinks, peeps.
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Just because you don’t feel good, doesn’t mean it should reflect on how you look!
To make the most of those sick days, use a few of these makeup tricks to de-puff those eyes, even out the skin tone, and even counteract those red eyes.
1. Use a BB cream
Rather than applying layer after layer of foundation on your already delicate skin, give it a break and use a BB cream. The formulas are usually lighter and won’t clog your pores – it’ll feel like your second skin!
Apply with your fingers, and take care around a dry nose since the makeup can gather and accentuate these areas for the wrong reasons.
Rimmel Radiance BB Cream, $12.95
2. Cream eyeshadow
Anyone with watery eyes will know that applying mascara is a no-go. Especially since it can smudge, transfer on the top eyelid, and create a mess with your entire makeup look.
To keep your eyes looking their best, use a cream shadow and lightly dab it over the top with your fingers. Stay away from dark shades which will only make your eyes look small and blood-shot.
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24H Metal Eyeshadow, $11.95
Who knew that a bit of blush could transform an entire makeup look? A bit of rouge on the cheeks helps to bring some glow back into the skin, without applying layers of foundation or bronzer.
Bourjois Blush, $20
If you’re sick in bed, the last thing you’ll want to do is tame those eyebrows. To keep them looking their best, use a coloured, gel wand which is easy to apply and doesn’t take too long to set. So much easier than drawing your brows on with a pencil or gel formula.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel, $25.52
5. Coloured lips
Rather than using a matte formula for your lips, choose a lightweight gloss or balm to keep them healthy and shiny. They require little to no maintenance, and look amazing if you’re heading out during the day or night.
Keep a few options in your handbag and switch them up during the day.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Lip Balm, $9.06
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There’s just something therapeutic about applying makeup when you’re feeling under the weather. Despite being stuck indoors with nothing to do, taking it slow and applying some makeup can really lift your spirits, even if your body is aching. Here are some simple makeup suggestions for those sick days we all experience thanks to the winter chill.
Curl your lashes
Mascara can work wonders to give the illusion of bigger eyes, but this may not be the case when you’re feeling sick. Give this step a miss if you suffer from watery eyes, as it might cause more harm than good. Instead, curl your eyelashes and apply a clear mascara that will make you look and feel better throughout the day.
Apply a serum
Cleanse your face and apply a face serum or day moisturiser to heal any sick skin. Serums are a fantastic investment since they are effective in correcting skin tone, and balancing out redness, regardless of which skin type you might have.
Use a clay mask
Clay or deep cleansing masks are rich in fatty acids which help to target skin ageing and smoothing out skin tone. Perfect if you have the time, to relax and apply a mask on your face, neck and chest. Relax and let the mask absorb into the skin, then wash off after 10 minutes with lukewarm water. Using these masks weekly helps to rejuvenate the skin and give you a moment to relax and de-stress.
If you need to head out, concealer can be your best friend by hiding those sleepless nights hugging the tissue box. Apply the formula with your fingers, and lightly dab under the eyes to push the concealer into the skin, making it look natural and healthy.
Highlighter for dewy skin
Apply a highlighter to the very top of the cheek and brow bone, to avoid looking pale. No need for foundation, just apply a small amount with your fingers and let it settle into the skin for a dewy finish.
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By Felicia Sapountzis