August 23, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My spouse has been hiding daily drinking. Spouse cops to drinking a fifth of vodka per day for the last year; I think the reality is probably more. Six months ago, I called an ambulance because I thought Spouse was having a stroke. Turned out Spouse was drunk. At that time, Spouse swore it was a onetime thing. In the last week, Spouse had a similar episode, which prompted me to search until I found hidden bottles. Upon confrontation, Spouse acknowledged a problem and agreed to make an appointment with a counselor.
August 16, 2016 |
To help students recovering from substance abuse, the College of New Jersey last school year set aside substance-free housing exclusively for their use, expecting to create a supportive community. The response was, to put it mildly, weak: Only one student signed up, living in "Lion's House" for one semester. "We opened up the door and we thought they would come flooding in," said Christopher Freeman, who joined TCNJ last year to create and run the collegiate recovery program . After all, Freeman said, student surveys showed about 280 students on campus, 4 percent of the population, identified as being in recovery.
July 28, 2016 |
Question: I'm throwing a large party this weekend and know, based upon the bar I'm setting out and the guests I've invited, there will be a lot of drinking. I haven't invited my sister and her new husband because he is a recovering alcoholic. Is this the right decision to shield them from a party they may not feel comfortable at, or should I invite them and let them decide? I don't want to make them feel left out, but I also want the rest of my guests to have a great time. Answer: I'm more worried about your friends who can be counted on to get wasted than I am about your brother-in-law.
June 14, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Wine on supermarket shelves. Beer sold in 12-packs. Sunday liquor purchases. Is this really Pennsylvania? Last week's enactment of a law that will let hundreds of stores add by-the-bottle wine sales was the latest in a slow drip of efforts by lawmakers and regulators to loosen the state's long-derided grip on its system of alcohol control, and nudge the Keystone State into the 21st century. What remains to be seen is whether the changes will be enough, for now, to quell the advocates who have called for turning over the system to private enterprise, or whether it will, instead, just speed the momentum in that direction.
April 7, 2016 |
Temple University will crack down on underage drinking and partying in off-campus housing, partly in response to concerns from neighbors who have long complained about rowdy behavior affecting their North Philadelphia community. "This can't go on any longer," Temple president Neil D. Theobald said. The new campaign, announced by Theobald on Tuesday, includes steep fines for underage drinkers and others violating alcohol-related laws. For the first time, Temple will levy fines of up to $1,500 on those who host nuisance parties, provide the alcohol, or have their name on the lease of a house where a party is held.
April 5, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have been dating an alcoholic for three years. He recently entered a treatment program because after his last binge he tried to kill himself. He seems to be committed to his program and staying sober. He has requested that I stay sober with him for at least a year. While I'm fully committed to our relationship and support him, I don't feel that it's fair that I should have to completely forgo drinking because he has a problem. I'm not looking to go out and party every night - those days are over for me - but I'd like to enjoy an occasional beer with a friend or a glass of wine with my mom. When I approached him about my doing so, he became upset.
March 23, 2016
A Drexel Hill couple are facing criminal charges after police busted a weekend house party brimming with several hundred teenagers and alcohol. Abdul Ahmaddiya, 54, and Nichelle Davis-Ahmaddiya, 45, were charged with corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol. Nearly 300 teenagers were partying Saturday night at their home on the 3900 block of Mary Street, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood said Monday. Police also cited a 17-year-old girl who lives in the house for alleged consumption and possession of alcohol.
March 19, 2016 |
Alcohol-related traffic deaths have gone down in states that require everyone convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that blocks drunk driving. Such deaths were 15 percent less common in states that required ignition interlocks, which make drivers pass a Breathalyzer-like test before the engine will start, than in other states, according to a University of Pennsylvania study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health. The study estimated that universal ignition interlock requirements saved 915 lives in 18 states between 2007 and 2013.
March 6, 2016 |
The lawyer knew something was wrong with her 61-year-old mother. She had begun showing up for appointments two hours early. Or two hours late. She was paying less attention to how she looked. She'd had two wrecks in quick succession on her way to work as a judge's administrative assistant. The lawyer, who works in a small town on the outskirts of Baltimore, knew her mother drank a fair amount at night, but she also knew her mother was still getting promotions. She suspected depression.
March 1, 2016
Joe Maiellano, 31, of Hawthorne, and Jack Hubbard, 31, of Alexandria, Va., are co-owners of the Homemade Gin Kit. The six-piece kit, which retails for $50, allows users to craft bathtub gin at home. The business, which was started in 2012, has sold more than 65,000 kits. I spoke to Maiellano, who's also a fund-raiser for Fox Chase Cancer Center. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: Jack and I were playing around and making gin in my kitchen. I was living in Arlington, Va., at the time, and we thought the gin was really good and began to discuss creating the same experience on a larger scale.