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Audio How to buy a beer Buying a beer is similar to picking a movie, according to beer writer Phil Cook. Feature On the other side A lot of the alcohol-related incidents Wellington Free paramedic Jake Carlson, 25, responds to involve his peers. Feature In harm's way "Too much alcohol is going to increase their chances of becoming a victim, or an offender." Feature Behind the bar Bar owner-operator Mat Lear sees the effects of over-indulging in alcohol most weekends, but says reports of binge-drinking culture are over-rated. Feature Effect of the new law The Psychoactive Substances Bill has been in force for six months. What effect has it had? Feature What's the harm in a puff? Most New Zealanders will try pot at some point in their lives. We look at what that could mean for their health. Video More than the groove The Wireless talks to vinyl junkie Jeremy Taylor about his love of records. Feature What goes on tour Kiwi musicians share their stories of excess while on the road. Feature Riding for the buzz Tim Bunckenberg has broken bones and “lost quite a bit of skin” as a result of his addiction to adrenaline. Feature Life's rich tapestry Charlotte Hillerby has more tattoos than she can count, which some people might consider excessive. Feature Running from FOMO Two years ago, Luba Miteva couldn't run a block. Now she's about to run her first ultra marathon. Feature Reducing the harm Professor David Nutt on addiction, governments, and an alcohol-free cocktail. Feature Down for the cause Sixteen-year-old activist Scott Hita is willing to lay down under a truck to get his point across. Feature At serious risk New Zealand's binge drinking culture and drug use is often a cause for concern. Is it being handled in the right way? Feature Breaking the cycle Kaylene Tahuhu started using when she was 13. Now she's clean, and working at the rehab centre she once trashed. Comment Waiting to leave Hamish Parkinson discovers what it's like to be stuck in a perpetual state of waiting. Feature Tips for Big Day Out Whether you're a newbie or a veteran, we've tips and picks you'll want for the Big Day Out. Comment Holiday breakdown Travelling can bring out the best and the worst in a relationship. Joseph Harper tells a story of love lost in Abel Tasman National Park. Feature On a bus for 96 hours Gabrielle Mentjox recounts a non-stop four day bus journey from Lima to Buenos Aires. Comment Excess baggage This week The Wireless is telling stories of jaunts, excursions and adventures. Feature Tips before take-off When it comes to international travel, buying the tickets is just the first in a series of very expensive steps. Comment Go your own way Verity Johnson finds that life is more fun when you break away from the crowd. Comment All bodies are good With January comes talk of losing weight. Ally Garrett rebels. Comment Stamping out the habit Megan Whelan is one of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who have stopped smoking. But it wasn't easy. Comment Sudhvir Singh Generation Zero's Sudhvir Singh reflects on an important year, with more to come as an election looms. Feature A resolution revolution When you spend January making almost impossible goals for the year, you spend December full of regret and shame, says Saziah Bashir. Comment Heath Hutton JustSpeak's Heath Hutton outlines his hopes for 2014. Feature Quitting the day job Giving up a career to turn a hobby into a job. Feature Creative strife Wellington illustrator Phoebe Morris talks about working through a creative impasse. Feature Marama Davidson This year it will be as important as ever to call shoddy leadership to account, says Marama Davidson. Feature Back into the flow Getting back creative mojo for the New Year. How to do it, and what's in the way. Feature Duncan Mathews Looking forward to 2014 for the Queer community with Rainbow Youth. Feature Cutting back the booze Not a wowser, nor brushing his teeth with bourbon: Jackson Wood gives up drinking. Feature A tidy mind In 2014, Laura Vincent wants to be tidy, despite being messy all her life. Feature Resolutions: Holly Walker "First and foremost, I’m really hoping that we will get a change of government." Feature Maia Amai Tournaments galore, more changes in life, gaining more confidence. Feature Fast times Elle Hunt tries going on a two-week detox, and finds out healthy eating’s not as easy as it looks on Instagram. Feature Jami-Lee Ross The National party's Jami-Lee Ross on the economy, housing, Avatar, and being a dad. Feature Janine & The Mixtape Videos, new music, and festivals are Janine and the Mixtape's hopes for 2014 Feature Resolutions: Loren Corbett Employment, inclusiveness, and visibility are Loren Corbett's hopes for 2014. Feature Resolutions: Jacinda Adern "Being able to feel positive, constructive feelings more often is my goal for 2014 – which, ultimately, does mean winning an election."