July 28, 1996 |
'Cruising Paradise" by Sam Shepard is a book of "tales," a genre that seems more inclusive, oral and ancient than the contemporary short story. It is a book full of great and varied narrative pleasures: Some of the pieces are beautifully constructed, fully realized short stories, while others are short bursts of dialogue, meditations, diary entries, letters, monologues, phone calls and plaints. Still others seem like myth and lore gleaned from old texts or barrooms.
August 3, 1988
Women who drink alcohol in moderation appear to have much less of a chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke than non-drinking women, according to a major new study. The study, the largest of its kind, found that middle-aged women who consumed an average of three to 17 drinks a week--a bottle of beer, glass of wine or mixed drink--had about a 40% lower risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke compared to women who did not drink at all.
September 6, 2011 |
Moderate drinking has been linked with various health benefits, and now a study finds that middle-age women who indulge in one drink a day or less on a regular basis may have a better chance of being healthier when they're older. The study, released today in the journal PLoS Medicine , looked at data on alcohol consumption among 121,700 female nurses who were part of the Nurses' Health Study. Of those participants, 13,894 lived to the age of 70 or older. Among them, 1,491 were considered to have aged successfully, defined as having no heart disease, diabetes or other chronic diseases, and no substantial cognitive declines, mental impairment or physical limitations at age 70 and older.
February 6, 2013 |
Here's something to ponder if and when you and your spouse make your Valentine's Day toasts this year: when it comes to drinking - as in so many other facets of marriage - compatibility may be key to keeping couples together. Researchers reviewing data collected from 19,977 married couples in one county in Norway reported that spouses who consume about the same amount of alcohol were less likely to divorce than pairs where one partner is a heavy drinker and the other is not - especially when the wife is the one doing the drinking.
March 9, 2010 |
Women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol don't gain as much weight in midlife as those who abstain, a study has found. However, drinking should not be heralded as a new diet, said the authors and alcohol abuse experts. The study, published Tuesday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, is the first to find that alcohol may curb weight gain in women. Typically, alcohol consumption is not advised for people trying to lose or avoid gaining weight. A 5-ounce glass of wine contains about 125 calories, and a regular 12-ounce beer has about 150. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston examined data from 19,220 women enrolled in the long-running Women's Health Study.
July 10, 2013 |
At what point would you consider someone to be just "tipsy" as opposed to "hammered" on alcohol? The answer, it turns out, depends on whether you're a man or a woman. In a study published online Wednesday in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research , psychologists found that women were more likely to describe heavily intoxicated females as just "tipsy" or "buzzed," whereas men were more likely to describe other men as "wasted" or "hammered" even if they were just moderately drunk.