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How much wine is too much?

How to Stop Drinking Wine Every Day

Published 30 August, 2010 | Bad Habits

I'm all for people living their lives how they choose. And I love wine; but, as we all know, more is most definitely not better, not in the long- or even short-term. It's easy to kid ourselves we're not drinking too much wine, to pretend it's harmless. But millions of people have let an innocent nightly tipple turn into a mortally threatening compulsion.

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Lip biting

How to Stop Lip Biting

Published 18 February, 2010 | Bad Habits

My teeth missed the hors d'oeuvre for which they'd been aiming and I bit painfully into my own lip. Ouch! You'd think that after a lifetime of eating practice, these kinds of nibbling errors would have been ironed out. I winced, pretending that nothing was awry as pain stabbed my lower lip like Norman Bates in a motel shower.

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How to Stop Compulsive Lying

How to Stop Compulsive Lying

Published 23 November, 2009 | Bad Habits

Turns out Claire had lied since she was little. Recently she'd lied at work, telling everyone she was terminally ill with cancer. She'd got a huge amount of sympathy and attention, not to mention extended time off. Now she'd been found out and fired.

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How to Stop Pulling Out Your Eyelashes

How to Stop Pulling Out Your Eyelashes

Published 19 November, 2009 | Bad Habits

I could understand Marilyn pulling out her own eyelashes, but even she sounded shocked with what she went on to tell me: "I've taken to obsessively tearing out my three-year-old daughter's eyelashes and nibbling them! It's sick, I know; but it's become such a compulsion."

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Stop Pulling Your Hair Out

Stop Pulling Your Hair Out

Published 04 November, 2009 | Bad Habits

5 tips to help you overcome trichotillomaniaShe was a glamorous woman, no doubt: a lovely complexion, beautiful teeth, and full luscious hair; only it wasn't. Laura removed the wig shamefacedly to reveal shredded follicles and patches of bare raw scalp like a ravaged crop field. Her eyes welled up.

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How to Stop Teeth Grinding

How to Stop Teeth Grinding

Published 16 September, 2009 | Bad Habits

Teeth grinding used to really bug a pal of mine. He'd wake in the morning with an aching jaw, he'd catch himself grinding absentmindedly during the day, and pretty soon his teeth started to look like crumbling tombstones in a bad western movie.

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How to Stop Biting Your Nails without Painting Them with Poison

How to Stop Biting Your Nails without Painting Them with Poison

Published 04 August, 2009 | Bad Habits

Uncontrolled nail biting - that horrible soreness and knowing it looks pretty awful - can be exasperating, but there are things you can do. First off, become aware of what triggers the nail biting. Is it boredom, stress, tiredness, anger, loneliness, hunger?

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