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December 16, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Making the transition from adolescence into young adulthood can be challenging, and it could also come with some health risks. A study finds that regular exercise may take a steep drop after high school, especially for young men. Researchers from McMaster University and the University of Toronto , both in Canada, followed 640 Canadian teens who were age 12 to 15 at the start of the study, interviewing them every two years, from 1994...
December 28, 2009 | By Jeannine Stein
Poverty appears to trump smoking, obesity and education as a health burden, potentially causing a loss of 8.2 years of perfect health. In a new study, researchers looked at health and life expectancy data from the National Health Interview Surveys and the Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys and came up with various behavioral and social risk factors that affect quality of life, then used a formula to estimate the quality-adjusted years of life that...
Forget pledging to a fraternity or attending the first home football game. There's an increasingly popular rite of passage for college freshmen: Getting falling-down drunk. Binge drinking has emerged as one of the unhealthiest aspects of college life, with freshmen of both sexes and students who live in fraternities and sororities most likely to spend at least one night a week drinking to get drunk, health experts say.
As colleges focus increasingly on the problem of alcohol on campus, a survey from the Harvard School of Public Health shows that more college students than ever are drinking with the sole purpose of getting drunk. Data released here this month from the school's 1997 College Alcohol Study also show that four of five fraternity and sorority members are binge drinkers.
March 25, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The maker of Four Loko, the malt liquor beverage that once was made with caffeine, on Tuesday agreed to sharply curb its marketing of the fruit-flavored drinks as part of a legal settlement with 20 state attorneys general and San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera.  The settlement comes nearly four years after Phusion Projects, based in Chicago, voluntarily removed caffeine from its drinks in 2010 shortly before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration definitively banned the stimulant as an ingredient in alcoholic beverages.
January 21, 2001 | From Associated Press
The stereotype of hard-drinking college jocks might have something to it. A study finds college athletes generally outdrink nonathletes. Alcohol-control education programs don't seem to make a difference--athletes drank more even though they were quicker to notice messages against drinking, the researchers said. An NCAA official, however, countered that the Harvard research team was making too much of the drinking and too little of the value of the alcohol-control programs.
June 12, 1994 | Cattaliya Snider, Cattaliya Snider is a graduate of USC, with a major in broadcast journalism.
A women stands toward the back of a crowded room, observing the people and talking to her friend. The music is loud. The smells of beer and cigarettes are strong. A guy comes up from behind her, puts his arm around her and says, "Excuse me, but you dropped your smile." He thinks he's cool. She thinks, "Great, another drunk college guy." Alcohol consumption has become as much a part of college life as football. More than 80% of college students drink on a regular basis.
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