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Fewer States Uphold Commercial Host Liability Laws

Fewer States Uphold Commercial Host Liability Laws

  A new legal review study from the Alcohol Policy Consultations and Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that fewer states are adhering to commercial host liability policies. Their study suggests that this declining number of states presents a public health concern because these are areas that underage or intoxicated individuals get served alcohol, and oftentimes proceed to engage in reckless and dangerous behaviors. Commercial host liability is … Read entire article »

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The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

  In recovery, we work hard to acknowledge our past, make peace with it, and move forward. Despite all of our efforts, there are times when our pasts will show up uninvited into our lives. This can be a very jarring experience, because it brings together two very different aspects of our lives: our lives in recovery and our lives in active addiction. We can choose to react to these situations rationally or emotionally; we can … Read entire article »

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Pope Francis Takes Firm Stance against Drug Legalization

  Pope Francis took the opportunity to speak out against the legalization of drugs while on a landmark trip to Brazil in July. During Francis’ first trip to back to South America, where he is from, the Pope urged regional leaders to take a firm stance against drug legalization plans in Latin America. Pope Francis denounced the illegal drug trade as well, condemning drug dealers and drug traffickers. “How many dealers of death there are that follow the logic of money and power at any cost! The scourge of drug trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage,” he said. He also urged people to overcome the roots of the drug epidemic while on the third day of his … Read entire article »

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Russia’s Anti-Alcohol Policies Good for Public, Hurts Breweries

  In recent years, Russian lawmakers have enacted legislation intended to discourage alcohol use among citizens. Although these new policies benefit the people of Russia,  they are hurting beer makers in the country. Russia has one of the highest rates of alcoholism in the world, so concerted efforts to get people to cut back on drinking are a good idea from a public health standpoint. Perhaps the United States, who invests heavily in anti-smoking campaigns, should consider following suit since we have high rates of alcohol abuse as well. The timing of the Russian legislation has caught breweries off-guard. Between 2005 and 2007  beer sales in Russia soared 30 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal. When brewers such as Heineken, Anheuser-Busch and Carlsberg noticed, they seized the opportunity to invest in the … Read entire article »

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“That 70’s Show” Star, Lisa Robin Kelly Dies at 43 in California Rehab

  Lisa Robin Kelly, who starred in the hit comedy series “That 70’s Show,” passed away on August 14, 2013, while staying in a California drug and alcohol rehab facility after battling with alcoholism for several years. She was determined to turn her life around in rehab after being arrested several times in the last few years for DUIs and other charges, but at only 43 years old, the actress reportedly died from a cardiac arrest in her sleep at the rehab facility, although the certainty of her cause of death has not been officially released to the public. In a report by The Daily Beast, Lisa Robin Kelly’s agent, Craig Wyckoff, said that he “…spoke to her on Monday, and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part … Read entire article »

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Incan Mummies Reveal Children were Given Drugs and Alcohol before Sacrificial Death

Incan Mummies Reveal Children were Given Drugs and Alcohol before Sacrificial Death

  In 1999, the bodies of 3 mummified children from the Inca Empire were discovered in a shrine on the summit of Llullaillaco, a volcano at the border of current day Argentina and Chile, their bodies incredibly preserved due to the cold.  Throughout the subsequent years, these Incan mummies have gained international fame, especially the eldest child, dubbed “The Maiden.”  Since their discovery, scientists have been testing their hair and bodies for more information regarding the … Read entire article »

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Fake Drug Checkpoints in Mayfield Heights Spark Controversy

  In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that random checkpoints intended to check for drugs violated the Fourth Amendment (Associated Press). Police in the Mayfield Heights suburb of Cleveland, Ohio skirted around that ruling by setting up fake drug checkpoints along I-271, and despite the fact that the following searches resulted in some arrests and seizures, civil rights advocates and some members of the community are upset over this controversial tactic. The way that these fake drug checkpoints were set up seems specifically designed to trick motorists. Police put up signs along I-271 that warned motorists, “Drug Checkpoint Ahead,” and “Police K9 Dog in Use,” advising motorists to be prepared to stop (Peters). Instead, police proceeded to watch how people reacted to the signs and if they acted in a way … Read entire article »

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The Impact of Smoking and Heavy Drinking on the Brain

  If you are old enough to read this article, you probably know someone who consumes alcohol on a regular basis. In fact, statistics from the National Institutes of Health show that about 29 percent of women and 43 percent of men reported binge drinking in the last year. You probably know someone who smokes too, as nearly 20 percent of Americans do so. Maybe you even know someone smokes and drinks. If you know such a person and care enough, you should call this article to their attention. It may help to save them, as their cognitive function may be in danger. Recent research has revealed that both smoking and drinking alcohol is combination is especially harmful to the cognitive function of the brain. These two behaviors are each known to … Read entire article »

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‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry talks about his battle with alcoholism and addiction

‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry talks about his battle with alcoholism and addiction

  Actor Matthew Perry appears on the cover of People magazine this week, where he openly discusses his battle with alcohol and drug addiction over the years before getting sober. Perry, now 43, is most renowned for starring on the immensely popular TV show Friends which ran from 1994 to 2004. Although he was adored on screen by the public as the witty, sardonic ‘Chandler Bing,’ Perry felt isolated in his internal struggle with alcoholism and addiction. “From … Read entire article »

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Leaving the Lifestyle Behind

As most addicts and alcoholics will tell you, getting sober by itself is difficult. Going through the physical detox, feeling crazy because of the mental and physical cravings and a whole host of other things make physically getting off of drugs and alcohol seem impossible to using addicts and alcoholics. I never anticipated that, in addition to leaving drugs behind, I would have to leave the lifestyle that I had grown so used to behind as well. I never imagined how difficult that part of my journey towards sobriety would be, and it has proved to be one of the hardest parts of truly being sober for me. When I was using, I lived a dangerous, unhealthy lifestyle – unsurprisingly. My life was consumed by crime, from dealing drugs to … Read entire article »

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