We all want an enjoyable world to live in, one in which we feel free to plan our futures. Too many people fail to realize that for millions, alcohol is ruining any possibility of a pleasant, enjoyable future.
You may remember a drug prevention public service announcement from the 1980s, “This is Your Brain on Drugs.” A new study makes it clear that it’s not just drugs that can have a serious damaging effect on your brain. It’s also alcohol.
When people talk about reducing the harm done by alcohol or drugs, there always seems to an assumption that some people are always going to use these substances harmfully. No matter what you do, some people will die in the driver’s seat after leaving the bar or some young people will accidentally overdose on painkillers. That’s why I found it so refreshing that one group is on a mission to reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths to zero.
When some people drink, they get a deeply flushed face. Why? Their bodies can’t keep up with the toxic burden of alcohol so a dangerous by-product called acetaldehyde accumulates. Actually, this chemical is doing a lot more damage than making one’s face red.
Anyone who has ever drunk too much knows that alcohol has the power to make us feel lousy the next morning. Now, new research reveals that alcohol also has the ability to shred our DNA, leaving us more susceptible to some kinds of cancer.
What happens when a person who doesn’t want to drink is immersed in a culture where drinking is the norm and everyone present is expected to participate? Many people cave. This can also mean that a few people are going to lose their lives.
At any big family gathering, it seems like there’s so often one or more people who drink more than they should. With a little planning, fun alternatives can keep holiday guests so engaged they don’t have any interest in alcohol.
Do bartenders have enough training to prevent patrons from driving while intoxicated? Would mandatory training prevent more drunk driving deaths?
In Louisiana this fall, yet another young college student lost his life after being hazed by the fraternity he was pledging. This time the victim was 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman at Louisiana State University.
Alcohol or drugs—which is more destructive of human life? You might be surprised. The World Health Organization reports on the vast wreckage of alcohol overconsumption.