August 21, 2012 |
A six-year campaign in Haddonfield to curb binge drinking among high school students by threatening to ban them from extracurricular activities could be at its end. New Jersey Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf is reviewing the affluent Camden County district's "24-7" policy after a state appellate court ruling last month struck down a similar policy at a North Jersey high school. The Haddonfield school board subsequently suspended its policy, which bars students charged with drug and alcohol offenses from representing the school publicly in activities such as athletics and school plays.
January 11, 2012 |
ATLANTA - College-age drinkers average nine drinks when they get drunk, government health officials said yesterday. That statistic is part of a new report highlighting the dangers of binge-drinking, which usually means four to five drinks at a time. Overall, about one in six U.S. adults surveyed said they had binged on alcohol at least once in the previous month, though it was more than one in four for those ages 18 to 34. And that's likely an underestimate: Alcohol sales figures suggest people are buying a lot more alcohol than they say they are consuming.
December 18, 2011
Dawn M. Meling is the deputy director of public affairs of the Commonwealth Foundation In high school, I threw the javelin in track and field, badly wanting to be recruited by a college athletics program. My father would joke that he never had to worry about high school boys and unwanted attention toward me because I could out-bench press almost every guy in my school. And that was my attitude too - nothing to worry about. So it was rather eye-opening when I got to college, taking part in rape awareness programs, learning that my javelin-throwing skills were no match for a "roofie" or inconspicuous predator.
November 2, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Drinking as few as three to six glasses of wine per week may increase a woman's lifetime risk of breast cancer by 15 percent, according to an analysis by Harvard researchers. The study, published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association , reaffirms that heavy alcohol use raises breast-cancer risk, and it adds that light drinking matters, too. Whether women should consider abstaining from even light alcohol consumption, however, is not easily answered, preventive- health experts said.
October 5, 2011 |
ATLANTA - Drunken driving incidents have fallen 30 percent in the last five years, and last year were at their lowest mark in nearly two decades, according to a federal report. The decline may be due to the down economy: Other research suggests people are still drinking as heavily as in years past, so some may just be finding cheaper ways of imbibing than by going to bars, night clubs and restaurants. "One possibility is that people are drinking at home more and driving less after drinking," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
September 9, 2011
WASHINGTON - A new government survey says more Americans are smoking marijuana, but other notorious illegal drugs have fallen off. Nearly 7 percent of Americans aged 12 or older were illicit pot smokers in 2010, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released Thursday. That is three million more users than earlier in the decade. At the same time, meth use has plunged by about half and cocaine use - including crack - is down sharply in the last few years. The annual survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also found declines from 2009 in tobacco use and binge drinking among teens.
May 16, 2011
High selenium doses won't cut risk of cancer, study concludes You won't cut your cancer risk by taking high doses of selenium, a mineral that is essential for health but required only in tiny amounts. That's the conclusion of researchers at the University of Modena in Italy who reviewed 55 studies of selenium intake and various types of cancer. Although the mineral has healthful antioxidant properties, six rigorous studies in which participants took selenium supplements or a placebo found no benefit to extra selenium.
August 23, 2009
From: Gonzalez, John Last year, the NFL put out a fan code of conduct and encouraged people to inform on their fellow fans via secret texts to stadium security. This year, the NFL has targeted tailgating. According to USA Today, in addition to making recommendations about the serving sizes of beer inside stadiums, the league has asked all 32 teams to prevent tailgating from starting more than three hours before kickoff. That sound you hear is the gasp of every Eagles fan who likes to show up for a Monday Night Football game around dawn.
September 7, 2008
No solution There has been a growing debate both locally and nationally about the legal drinking age, binge drinking, and college presidents signing on to a movement called the Amethyst Initiative. Mothers Against Drunk Driving certainly does not have all the answers and feels a discussion on the topic is appropriate. But to suggest lowering the legal drinking age to 18 will curb binge drinking goes beyond reason. Certainly MADD is concerned about increased DUI crashes, but even more important are the health issues surrounding childhood drinking and the addictive nature of alcohol.