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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
September 6, 2008 | SANDY BANKS
The guys from Sigma Nu were one pitcher of beer into a game of "baseball" when I took a seat at their table in USC's on-campus bar and asked for an interview. I wanted to know how they felt about the suggestion by a group of college presidents that the legal drinking age be lowered to 18. They wanted to finish their drinking game. It involved flipping quarters into cups of beer representing base hits and downing the drink the coin landed in. So we talked while they drank.
July 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Cigarette smoking hit the lowest point ever recorded among American eighth-graders, high school sophomores and seniors last year, a newly released report shows. Last year, only 5% of high school sophomores said they had smoked cigarettes daily in the last 30 days, compared with 18% of sophomores who were smoking daily at one point in the 1990s. The numbers have also plunged for eighth-graders and high school seniors, hitting their lowest point since the surveys began. The change is just one of the findings in a vast new report on the well-being of American children, compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
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.
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.
Among college drinkers, those enrolled at Northern California campuses are twice as likely to admit to "misusing alcohol" as their peers in Southern California. Students attending private colleges and universities are more likely to admit downing four or more drinks at a sitting than those at public campuses. Yet California students overall do not toss back shots or mixed drinks as much as their colleagues at schools in the Northeast or the Midwest.
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