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.
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.
May 24, 1992
As an executive with Anheuser-Busch, and as a woman, I was very disturbed by the article "Brewers Raise Glass to New Pals--Women" (March 24), which treated as credible the ridiculous assertion that beer ads designed for women will somehow cause abusive drinking among women. To suggest that women are incapable of making the responsible decisions is not only condescending, but insulting. When a company such as Anheuser-Busch develops an advertising campaign that features women in a positive way, only those with some larger agenda would criticize the initiative.
November 15, 2011 |
Under-21 drinking, which was legal in the U.S. decades ago, could have some lasting consequences. A study finds that drinking-age women who lived in states that allowed people under 21 to drink could be at higher risk for suicide and homicide later in life. Data from national cause-of-death files plus census surveys were examined for the study, released online today in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research . Reports contained information on more than 200,000 suicides and 130,000 homicides for people who turned 18 between 1967 and 1989.