Drinking alcohol to excess can have serious consequences for your short and long-term health. As well as affecting your liver, did you know that too much alcohol can also have a negative impact on your heart? There’s no harm in enjoying an occasional drink in moderation, but drinking to excess can have a serious impact on your health. Cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease and stroke, are the leading cause of death worldwide, and […]
Students at a high school in Illinois will be randomly tested for alcohol this year, according to ABC News. The test uses hair samples. Students at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights have been randomly tested for drugs since 2007. All students are tested at the beginning of the year. Students are then randomly selected through a computerized system, using their ID numbers, throughout the year, and are tested again. This year, alcohol testing […]
A child’s personality traits before age 5 may help predict whether they will use alcohol in adolescence, a new study suggests. The researchers followed about 12,600 children from the time they were born. Parents were asked about their children’s personalities in the first five years of life; after that, the researchers interviewed both the children and their parents, Fox News reports. By age 15 ½, 4,600 teens were still participating. The researchers were able to […]
Are there similar marketing strategies between companies who sell alcohol and those that sell cigarettes? Dr. Ken Flegel (Senior Associate Editor for the Canadian Medical Association Journal) thinks so, and is taking the industry to task for the advertising practices to young girls. In a recent editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. Flegel makes the argument that like tobacco companies, the alcoholic beverage industry has recognized that a good way to increase profits […]
Living in a caring community may help curb teenage alcohol use, according to new research. For the study, researchers at Penn State evaluated how seven categories of risk and protective factors can predict teen alcohol use. Risk factors included antisocial attitudes, antisocial behaviors, association with antisocial peers, and family risk. Protective factors were positive community experiences, positive school experiences and family strengths. A team led by Damon Jones, Ph.D., research assistant professor in the Prevention […]
From the News-Sun— The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will begin its holiday-season alcohol and safety-belt crackdown on Monday, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced over the weekend. The 2012 Holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket” crackdown runs through New Year’s Eve. For more on the crack-down go here! Link to the Sheriff’s office is here.