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September 30, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
If you are trying to cut down on the amount of wine you drink, choose a narrow glass, the experts say. And in this case, the experts are researchers, not bartenders. Drinking from a wide glass or pouring the wine while you hold the glass both might get you a heavier handed pour, the researchers from Iowa State and Cornell universities said. Unlike a bottle of beer or a shot of spirits, a glass of wine is rarely an exact measure. The scientists set out to test some of the conditions that might affect the pour.
September 30, 2013 | By Jason Wells
More than 100 people were arrested over the weekend at a Bay Area rave, mostly on drug- and alcohol-related offenses. Roughly 40,000 attended the Beyond Wonderland concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View over the weekend, but as of Sunday, there had been no major medical emergencies reported, according to the San Jose Mercury News . Mountain View Police Lt. Chris Hsiung told the paper that most of those arrested were charged...
September 29, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A Los Angeles County court last week granted a permanent injunction against six gangs in Echo Park and its surrounding neighborhoods, according to the city attorney's office. The injunction prohibits known members of the gangs from associating with each other in public, possessing firearms or narcotics, or possessing alcohol in public, officials said. It also prohibits gang members from possessing aerosol paint containers, felt-tip markers and other items that can be used to apply graffiti.
September 28, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A highly addictive drug whose name derives from the green, scaly sores that develop on users' rotting flesh was reported to have found a toehold in the United States this week. In Phoenix, physicians told toxicologists at the Banner Good Samaritan Poison Control Center that they spotted symptoms consistent with krokodil, an intravenous drug that is prevalent in Russia and Eastern European countries, according to a statement released to the Los Angeles Times. Although toxicology reports have yet to confirm the presence of krokodil, reports in the media sounded the alarm, prompting fascination and speculation.
September 28, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
If you've ever wondered how you got tipsy when you only had a glass or two of wine, the answer could be in the sort of glass you used. Drinking from a wide glass is just one way that you might be getting more than you thought. Unlike a bottle of beer, or a shot of spirits, a glass of wine is rarely an exact measure except in bars or restaurants. Researchers from Iowa State and Cornell universities found there were several conditions that could cause someone to pour with a heavy hand.
September 25, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Carol J. Williams
TEHRAN -- While Western analysts have been speculating that Iran's moderate new leader failed to meet with President Obama at the United Nations this week because of opposition from hard-liners at home, Iranian political commentators are blaming the missed photo op on booze. The Iranian delegation declined to attend U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's luncheon on Tuesday for the 193-nation annual gathering, offering no reason for skipping the venue where Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would likely have run into Obama and extended a hand or offered a greeting.
September 4, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers forward Lamar Odom has checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, according to . Odom, currently a free agent after a season with the Clippers, has been the subject a variety of recent rumors related to drug abuse.  He was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence last Friday. Odom played for the Lakers from 2004 to 2011, winning two titles with the team along with the NBA's sixth Man of the year award in 2011. A well-liked fixture in the Lakers' locker room, a number of teammates and colleagues have recently expressed concern: I wish my friend @RealLamarOdom is doing well.
August 26, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It is time for Oscar De La Hoya's two-year checkup. Not the medical kind, the public kind. It was two years ago this week that boxing's Golden Boy suffered through the longest 18 holes of his life. Golf wasn't the problem. Hooked drives and missed putts weren't the source of his agony. Full disclosure was. He was telling all. The Golden Boy was tarnished. His image was a fraud. He was an alcoholic. His disease led to his disrupting lives, messing up his family, making other people cover and alibi for him. "I could manipulate you, man," he says now. "I was good at it. " He had hit rock bottom.
August 23, 2013 | By Elise Oberliesen
What do you drink when you're trying to shed pounds? Iced tea? Diet soda? What about alcohol? One cardinal rule of losing weight is limiting alcohol consumption, but can "careful" dieters spike their punch with a little booze and still stand on the bathroom scale with confidence? Can they "outsmart" calories by "trading" them - skipping lunch to enjoy a few beers at the Dodgers game? The short answer is no. All calories are not created equal. And drinkers who skip meals are quicker to become inebriated, with all the assorted consequences.
August 21, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
A new statistical analysis suggests that alcohol dependence and binging and purging behaviors, all believed to be influenced by genetic factors, may actually be influenced by the same genes. Writing in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs , Washington University School of Medicine postdoctoral researcher Melissa Munn-Chernoff and colleagues reported that genetic risk factors that make people susceptible to alcoholism also appear to influence risk for binge eating in both men and women and for “compensatory behaviors” such as starvation, laxative use and self-induced vomiting in women.
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