Alcohol

Boozy Bears: Teens Smuggling Alcohol

Alcoholics are very familiar with the concealment problem. Smuggling booze into work or hiding it for easy access is part of the lifestyle. Teens who want to drink face a similar problem and they’ve found a new way to hide the booze from parents and teachers. They are called, “boozy bears” or “rummy gummys” – ….

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How Much Alcohol Is Harmful?

The easy answer for medical professionals is that to prevent harm, complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages is best. There’s no benefit gained from drinking, so zero is the ideal. But this isn’t realistic in societies where social drinking is accepted as the norm. In England, the Royal College of Physicians was tasked by Parliament to ….

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Alcohol And Sexual Assault

A study of scientific literature on sexual assault shows how alcohol is used by abusers. The article, published in Drug and Alcohol Review, demonstrates that drinking alone doesn’t cause violent sexual aggression, but is used by perpetrators as a tool. The purpose of drinking is to make themselves more attractive and increase the interest of ….

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Dying For A Drink

Most of us have heard of Botulin as a product used to get rid of wrinkles. That is one use – it paralyses muscles when injected in very small dilutions, and the wrinkles disappear. But the bacterial product acts a bit differently. When the toxin is eaten it causes muscle paralysis throughout the whole body. ….

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Indian Bootleg Alcohol Kills 162

In a shocking reminder of what can happen with illegal sales of any substance, 162 people have died in the Eastern Indian town of Diamond Harbor and the surrounding area. Alcoholic beverages are legal in India, but the bootleg products are sold at a third of the price, making illicit booze a popular alternative for ….

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Canadian Study Shows How Alcohol Pricing Influences Consumption

A report in the Journal of Addiction shows a principle of economics applied to drinking. As costs go up for a product, use of that product goes down – at least for non-essential items like alcoholic beverages. The study looked at alcohol sales in British Columbia and determined that setting minimum prices through government authority reduced ….

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Alcohol And Bad Decisions

It’s accepted wisdom that, unlike the phrase, “The Devil made me do it,” there is more explanatory power in the phrase, “I was drunk at the time.” In other words, we grant the drinker some leeway because the effects of alcohol include poor decisions. Surprisingly, the story isn’t quite as clear as that. Supporting this ….

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Crackdown On Drunks In Bars Upsets Alaskans

On the surface, it hardly seems fair. Undercover police officers in Anchorage, Alaska cruise the bars and arrest people who are intoxicated. Intoxicated in the bar. While drunk drivers or those found intoxicated in a public space are considered fair game, bars and their patrons wonder, “Isn’t this where we are allowed to get drunk?” ….

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Mom Likely To Get Prison For Son’s Party

In a tragic case involving loss of life, a 60 year old mother in Pennsylvania has been convicted of serving alcohol to minors. She is now thought to be at least partially to blame for a traffic accident that followed and prosecutors say they will seek prison time for her at sentencing. In a story ….

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Study Linking Alcohol Consumption To Colon Cancer Criticized

Researchers are always looking for valid links between disease states and addiction. One way to go about it is to look at existing population data to see what associations can be found between a disease and consumption of a drug or alcohol. In a recent article about alcohol and colon cancer the association appears to ….

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