Category: Culture

Drugs, Alcohol and Sex: Drugs Added to Alcohol

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Drugs, alcohol and sex. What happens when young adults who drink also do drugs? Do they have more negative sexual experiences within the last three months? I. The Study   Researchers1sought the answer. To do so, they studied three categories of people. Alcohol only. A second group, alcohol plus marijuana (pot). A third group, alcohol …

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Reduce Alcohol Problems among Youth: Here’s How We Can Do It

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We really can reduce alcohol problems. Here we describe how to do it. REDUCE ALCOHOL PROBLEMS  I. INTRODUCTION Let’s imagine how we might prepare youth to drive. We would tell young people that driving is very dangerous. Tens of thousands of people die in traffic crashes each year. And many times that number are injured. …

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Generation Z Drinks Less Alcohol (Much Less!) or Abstains

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Generation Z drinks less alcohol.1 That is, alcohol consumption by young people has dropped greatly. They are delaying the age at first drink, drinking less frequent, and so-called “binge drinking2 less often. In addition, the proportion of alcohol abstainers has increased dramatically. For example, in the UK “Having a drink within last week” among those 16 to …

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Wine Experts and Wine Snobism Exposed as Deceptive

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Wine experts and wine snobism can intimidate people. We’re afraid to trust our own judgment of what we like. Or of what we think we “should” like. Most people want a good wine at a reasonable price. Should you rely on wine experts? Their advice should be, well, expert. As we’ll see, the experts aren’t …

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Alcohol Education by Parents: Should States Prohibit It?

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Many U.S. states prohibit alcohol education by parents. This is a radical change over time            Overview I.   Tradition II.  Radical Laws III. Effective Alcohol Education IV.  Resources Alcohol Education by Parents I.  Tradition Both common law and tradition give parents very wide latitude in raising their children. Parents can …

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Teach Safe Alcohol Use to Reduce Alcohol-Related Problems

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How can we reduce alcohol-related problems? One important way is to teach safe alcohol drinking to young people.                  Overview I.   Goal: Fewer Alcohol Problems II.  Our Past III. Keys to Success IV.  Logical Steps V.   Resources Teach Safe Alcohol Use to Reduce Problems I. Goal: …

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Alcohol, Tradition, and Health: How are They Connected?

Alcohol Abstaining is Dangerous

The moderate drinking of alcohol is linked with better health and longer life. That’s compared to either not drinking heavy drinking. Yet the strong temperance tradition in the US leads many people to resist this medical fact. This reflects how alcohol, tradition, and health are closely related. Alcohol, Tradition and Health Sante. Skoal. To your …

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Perils of Drinking in America (A Warning to Europeans!)

“The perils of drinking in America” is by reporter Simon Calder of the Belfast Telegraph. In it he alerts readers traveling to the U.S. what to expect. He explains that the U.S. has created a tangle of confusing laws. These are to deter drinking, especially among young people. For instance, 48-year-old Rachel Ally had to prove …

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Swedish Experience with Alcohol: We Should Learn from Sweden

Frank Ward has lived in Sweden for decades. He has seen the the Swedish experience with alcohol up close. Here he reflects on the changes he has witnessed over time.1 He points out that “During my lifetime I have followed one nation’s progress from near-prohibition to a more tolerant approach. When I arrived in Stockholm in …

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Drunk Driving is Unacceptable Socially and Legally Today

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Drunken driving was accepted behavior until the early 1980s. Then Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) raised our consciousness. As did Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD),* Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID) and other groups. Now, drunk driving is unacceptable. Decades Ago Decades ago, Dean Martin and many others took pride how much they drank. Alcohol abuse and …

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