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HEALTH
May 8, 2006 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
IN recounting her battles with alcohol, author Koren Zailckas doesn't skimp on the details -- her first drink at 14, the years of blackouts and hangovers, waking up in a strange man's apartment and, finally, her embrace of sobriety at the ripe old age of 22. Her story is notable because she crafted it into a bestselling book, "Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood," not because it's rare.
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SCIENCE
December 15, 2009 | By Melissa Healy
The federal government's annual report of kids' alcohol and drug abuse seems reassuring: Compared with earlier in the decade, use of hallucinogens was down in 2008, marijuana use was way down, and use of methamphetamines was way, way down. But the researchers and public officials who crunch those numbers warned that some of the statistics gleaned from an annual survey of 46,000 American eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders were worrisome. Though drug and alcohol use seems to be declining or holding steady, there has been slippage in teen disapproval of such practices and perception of the risks, officials warned.
NEWS
December 7, 2008 | Kristen Gelineau, Gelineau writes for the Associated Press.
The blood oozes crimson from a jagged gash in the man's head onto the starched white hospital sheet. A booze-fueled bar brawl has left his face shredded, his brain damaged. Across the emergency room, a clammy-skinned patient who smells like a brewery curls into a fetal position on his gurney, recovering from a near-fatal combination of alcohol and pills. On a Saturday, St. Vincent's Hospital in the heart of Sydney's night life district becomes, in Dr. Gordian Fulde's weary words, "a war zone" of Australia's alcohol casualties.
OPINION
March 7, 1999 | DAVID SATCHER, David Satcher is surgeon general of the United States
Wine producers recently won permission to display new labels on their bottles that urge consumers to learn more about "the health effects of wine consumption." Realizing that some people may not have time to consult their doctors on this matter--and as a result they may draw an incorrect message from these labels--I would like to share a few important facts.
HEALTH
March 1, 2010
African Americans have lower drinking rates than other racial groups, according to a new survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It found that blacks ages 18 and older use alcohol at a rate of 44.3% compared with the national average of 55.2% Moreover, blacks ages 18 to 25 are much less likely than other young adults to engage in binge drinking — 25.3% compared with 41.6% in the general population. The survey is part of a series conducted by SAMHSA to learn how to target alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention efforts in various age, gender and ethnic groups.
NEWS
June 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
A high percentage of college binge drinkers are white males under the legal drinking age of 21 who find cheap or free alcohol at fraternity parties or local bars, according to a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health. "Students today come to college expecting to drink," said Henry Wechsler, director of Harvard's College Alcohol Studies Program. "They think that's what you're supposed to do in college, and they find plenty of ways to do it."
NEWS
April 10, 2000 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 90 minutes, UC Davis senior David Thornton sat at an off-campus watering hole and pounded shot after shot of alcohol as he and friends celebrated his 21st birthday April 3. But after he consumed 21 drinks in a college coming-of-age ritual known as "21 for 21"--downing everything from tequila to bourbon to whiskey as quickly as possible--something went terribly wrong. Thornton passed out and later died at a local hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1998 | JOHN SICKLICK, President of MADD, Los Angeles County Chapter
MADD's position is that we have a zero tolerance for underage drinking; in the U.S., that is anyone under 21. We support the drinking age set at 21 and helped get it raised in the 1980s when some states dropped it to 18. I think it's a fantasy to think if you give kids alcohol at home that they won't do something dangerous with it. A lot of parents think that the situation is under control if it's going on in front of them. It's not just the issue of drinking and driving that makes it dangerous.
NEWS
October 12, 2010
With the new school year underway, some college students are spending the year abroad. In addition to hitting the books and taking in the sights, they may also be drinking a lot more, a new study suggests. University of Washington researchers surveyed 177 study abroad students about their drinking habits before they departed for their new host country, during their stay (an average three to five months), and on their return. Overall, drinking more than doubled while abroad, but returned to pre-travel levels when the students returned.
NEWS
November 9, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Alcohol policies surrounding football tailgating parties are common at many universities. Some schools ban alcohol at tailgating events entirely, others restrict alcohol to certain areas of the parking lots and others ban it during certain time periods, such as 30 minutes before kickoff. A new study shows that a majority of tailgaters were already well on their way to high blood-alcohol concentrations before the start of a college football game. Researchers from the University of Toledo studied tailgaters at a large Midwest college football game.
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