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April 3, 1988
Although you did, in the body of the article, present quotations from experts in the field, as rebuttal to Fingarette's theories, the slant of the article seemed to be in favor of an attempt at controlled social drinking by the chronic heavy drinker. By definition, a chronic heavy drinker is no longer able to practice moderation. In view of the medical evidence of the effects of alcohol on the body and the brain, it is difficult to understand why anyone can state that it is safe for such a drinker to continue to try. Although there are those who claim expertise in the field of alcohol abuse treatment who may not be anymore qualified than Fingarette to address the subject, it is throwing the baby out with the bath water to categorically assume that all treatment programs are ineffective.
September 30, 1996
Robert Scheer is informed by Health and Human Services that no deaths can be directly attributed to marijuana use in 1994 (Column Left, Sept. 24). Ho! That's good for a wink and a chuckle. Perhaps Scheer should review the front-page articles of this newspaper the past few weeks. Mexican officials gunned down by Mafias involved in the marijuana trade (Sept. 23). Maybe Scheer should ponder the fate of a college student kidnapped near the Texas-Mexican border in 1989. That young man, and several others, captured and murdered by a cult which believed human sacrifice protected its marijuana smuggling operation.
November 14, 1999
It is hard to think where my generation is going to end up. It's so scary for me to go out to a party with my friends and not know what is going to happen. It seems like nowadays a party is not a real party unless there is alcohol or other drugs. This is not only scary but also sad. I often wonder what I can do to make people my age, especially those I most care about, understand that this is no joke, that the consequences of a little fun or pleasure combined with drugs and alcohol could be dramatic and sometimes irremediable.
August 17, 2008
Alcohol manufacturers have arrogantly embraced a severe lapse of social ethics with their new "shots in a pack" alcoholic drinks. ("Critics take shots at alcohol pouches," Aug. 12). Just as tobacco companies claimed for decades their products were not harmful, these distillers are just as despicable. Despite their rhetoric that they are "filling a niche," they are also making alcoholic beverages easier to conceal, allowing them into places they should not be -- like schools. In addition to cheating businesses by allowing customers to smuggle them into a bar, they are encouraging people to embody unethical practices.
October 6, 1996
In the Sept. 20 article, "Judge Upholds Newport-Mesa Alcohol Policy," it was stated that Superior Court Judge Ronald C. Kline upheld the policy of transferring students to another campus for 90 days if they were found guilty of breaking the "zero tolerance" policy now in place. The young woman involved was well aware of the district rules concerning alcohol but, nevertheless, chose to break them. It seems no one in today's society will take the responsibility for his actions. Don't put the blame on the zero tolerance policy.
June 24, 1995
Your excellent summary of the national movement to pressure the second-largest Spanish-language network into discontinuing its shameless, renewed practice of advertising hard liquor on the public airwaves in Morning Report (Calendar, June 14) missed two important points. First, Univision, the nation's largest Spanish-language TV network no longer debases itself and its viewers with distilled spirits advertising in violation of a 50-year voluntary ban by both distillers and broadcasters.
January 15, 2014 | By Jasmine Elist
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, “The Beautiful and Damned,” he referred to alcohol as “the rose colored glasses of life.” When taking a close look at the lives of America's greatest authors, it may come as no surprise that often there has been a strong link between creativity and alcohol. The relationship between a writer and liquor is typically a love-hate relationship: beginning with love and following up with dependence, denial, anxiety and resentment. It was this complicated interaction of creativity and alcoholism that inspired author Olivia Laing to write “The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking” (Picador, $26)
November 15, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's Nick Pasquale had a blood-alcohol content of 0.26% when he was struck and killed by a car in the early morning hours on Sept. 8, Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said. As a reference point, the legal limit for driving a vehicle in California is 0.08%. Pasquale, a walk-on receiver, was walking home from a friend's house in San Clemente at the time of the accident. Hallock said the cause of death was blunt-force trauma. The driver of the car called police and waited for their arrival.
September 7, 2010
The trifecta of alcohol abuse, cigarette smoking and a high body mass index may be linked with alcohol-related brain injuries, a new study finds. The study, published online Tuesday in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research , looked at data on 54 male veterans age 28 to 66 who were dependent on alcohol and were in treatment and had not been drinking for about a month. In addition to noting the men's BMI, researchers also did brain magnetic resonance imaging, looking at brain volume, blood flow and concentrations of metabolites in the brain.
September 1, 2008 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
Gordie BAILEY JR. had been in college only one month before he overdosed on alcohol. Urged on by members of a frat house he was intent on joining, the 18-year-old drank until he passed out, was dumped onto a couch and was found dead the next morning. The 2004 incident at the University of Colorado was one of the approximately 1,700 alcohol-related deaths that occur among college students each year in the United States. They include traffic accidents, falls, suffocation, drowning and alcohol poisoning.
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