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.
February 7, 2016
ISSUE | ADDICTION Rehab takes time Based on my experience as a volunteer at a drug/alcohol rehabilitation facility, "sober homes" play a critical role for many patients in their recovery journey (" 'Sober house' can be an asset in a community," Jan. 27). Patients invested 30 (usually unpaid) days away from their jobs and families and thousands of dollars because their alcohol/drug use was past the point of "just say no. " They had lost power over their substance use, and it was destroying every important relationship in their lives.
February 7, 2016
Millions of women could be putting their developing babies at risk because of their drinking habits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. An estimated 3.3 million women who drink are sexually active but not on birth control, according to a CDC report released Tuesday. And three out of four women who want to get pregnant don't stop drinking alcohol when they stop using birth control. Drinking during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, a range of behavioral, intellectual, and physical disabilities.
January 1, 2016 |
It's a custom among some Philadelphians to spend New Year's Day covered in sequins, walking along Broad Street, drinking beer and dancing. Others adhere to an alternative tradition, best practiced in private, involving abundant groaning and clutching of the head and the toilet tank. That is, of course, the New Year's hangover. How best to treat this annual affliction is a matter of some debate. So we turned to the pros - local chefs, who tend to put in late hours and, perhaps, partake in the occasional, end-of-the-night-shift drink.