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
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’
Star Tribune photo: Jeff Wheeler When you think about holidays and celebrations that put the most drunk drivers on the roads, New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's Day, Super Bowl and Thanksgiving weekend might come to mind. Cinco de Mayo, observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 ranks up there as a big drinking day, too. Between 2 and 3 people an hour are stopped for drunken driving on days the holiday is celebrated and those numbers go up when if falls on a weekend, like St. Paul's big shindig does this year, the Department of Public Safety said. Last year alone, there were four fatal crashes that killed four people and 182 people arrested for driving while intoxicated on Cinco de Mayo and related celebrations, the Department of Public Safety said. Over the past five years, law enforcement has made 967 DWI arrests during Cinco de Mayo celebrations. This weekend, law enforcement in 14 counties that have been dubbed … [Read more...] about Police warn Cinco de Mayo revelers not to drink and drive
Alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities often spike on popular drinking days like Super Bowl Sunday, AAA Mid-Atlantic said in a press release. The auto association is encouraging football fans going to parties to designate a sober driver or arrange for a ride-share service. “Tragically, Super Bowl Sunday is becoming one of the most deadly days on our roads because of drunk drivers,” said Tracy E. Noble, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic. The data on crash statistics is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “This is especially key for this year’s game as roads may be slick with Sunday’s wintry forecast,” Noble said. In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers, according to AAA. Motorists who see an apparently impaired driver should ask a passenger to call 911 or pull over to make the call. Here are some tips from AAA: • If you plan to … [Read more...] about Prevent ‘deadly day’ on roads around Super Bowl