May 15, 2018 by Genoa Barrow CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE Wednesday, May 16 is Rethink Your Drink Day, a Statewide Day of Action that will underscore the importance of drinking healthy beverages, like water – and bring together Californians across the state in a pledge to make healthier beverage choices. Attendees at events hosted by local partners will learn how to replace sugary beverages with unsweetened options or water through interactive hydration-education activities. In Sacramento, an event will take place at the Florin Arts and Business Complex, 2251 Florin Road, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More than 200 adults and children will take part in Rethink Your Drink Day activities, including a make-your-own fruit and herb-infused water station, interactive games around healthy drinking habits, Interactive Beverage Breakdown activity supported on iPads, photo booth for attendees to take pictures for social media and pledging opportunities, and take home resources to start … [Read more...] about Wednesday May 16 is Rethink Your Drink Day
A new review finds that several drugs can help curb the desire to drink alcohol, but the researchers note that these medications are rarely prescribed. Acamprosate (Campral) and naltrexone (Revia), along with support from groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or psychological counseling, can be useful tools to help people stay away from alcohol, the review authors report. "Most people with alcohol use disorders aren't getting any treatment, and only about 10 percent are getting a medication as part of their treatment," said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Jonas, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Two other drugs, nalmefene (Selincro) and topiramate (Topamax) also can help patients stop drinking, he said. Nalmefene is approved for pain relief and topiramate is approved to prevent seizures, but they are also used "off-label" to treat alcohol abuse. Part of the reason these medications aren't used that much is that doctors aren't … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Several medications can help people quit drinking: Study
American women are catching up to men when it comes to using and abusing alcohol, a new government report shows. The researchers analyzed data from 2002 to 2012 and found that reported alcohol consumption in the previous 30 days rose among women, from almost 45 percent to more than 48 percent, while it fell among men, from slightly more than 57 percent to just over 56 percent. "We found that over that period of time, differences in measures such as current drinking, number of drinking days per month, reaching criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year, all narrowed for females and males," study leader Aaron White, senior scientific advisor to the director of the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), said in an institute news release. "Males still consume more alcohol, but the differences between men and women are diminishing," he added. The investigators found that the average number of drinking days in … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Women starting to match men’s drinking habits
Teenage girls in the United States now start to drink alcohol sooner than boys do, a new study shows. "This is becoming a public health issue," said lead researcher Dr. Hui Cheng, an adjunct assistant professor at Michigan State University. "We really don't know why girls are surpassing boys -- that's the next question we want to answer," she said. Among the possible explanations, according to Cheng, is that drinking has become more socially acceptable. Also, because girls typically reach puberty sooner, some start engaging in risky behaviors such as drinking earlier. It might also be that younger girls are spending time with older boys, "so there is more exposure to drinking," she added. Cheng also pointed to advertising that targets girls by promoting sweet, fruit-flavored drinks, such as wine coolers, which are popular among underage girls who drink. Most strategies to curb underage drinking are aimed at boys, Cheng said. But given these new findings, more policies are needed to … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Teen drinking: Who’s trying alcohol sooner?
The Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving always begins the same way at Cowboy Jack’s. The staff stocks special beer tubs, then moves most of the tables out to allow for a standing-room-only crowd in the Plymouth bar. They’re getting ready for what will be the largest party of the year: Drinksgiving. Spurred by a rush of college students and young adults returning home, Thanksgiving eve has prompted some bars and restaurants — as well as police departments — to boost staffing levels for the onslaught of preholiday drinkers. “It’s our biggest drinking day of the year by far,” said Angela Waaraniemi, a manager at Cowboy Jack’s, far surpassing New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day. “Everyone is at home with their families and no one has to work the next day, so they all come out and fill their bellies with as much alcohol as possible,” she said. Also referred to as Blackout Wednesday or Black Wednesday, Drinksgiving … [Read more...] about How the night before Thanksgiving became the ‘biggest drinking day of the year’