Archive for the 'Did You Know' Category

Highest Binge Drinking in 21-25 year-olds

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

A Center for Disease Control and Prevention study, which took place from 1993-2001, found that twenty-one to 25 year-olds have the highest rates of binge drinking. Eighteen to 20 year-olds have the second highest rates. . . further evidence that the 21 year-old drinking age exacerbates abusive drinking, if nominally reducing overall consumption.

Repeal Day in Vermont and Colorado

Friday, September 26th, 2008

On this day in 1933, the Vermont and Colorado legislatures both ratified the repeal of prohibition. [CR]’s repeal section details the history of prohibition in both states – Vermont’s status as a border state saddled it with unique enforcement challenges, and Colorado often dealt with violence while upholding the law. The Rutland Herald published a commentary about Vermont’s repeal anniversary in yesterday’s edition. If you’re a resident of Colorado or Vermont, raise a glass today to the repeal of prohibition in your home state!

Unintegrated drinking culture

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Un-integrated drinking cultures, such as the United States, set alcohol apart and place it at odds with other cultural values. Such cultures exhibit higher rates of alcoholism and alcohol abuse. By setting alcohol apart from normal everyday life, un-integrated drinking cultures exacerbate the problematic drinking behaviors that spawn from desiring that which is forbidden.

The State of Alcohol and Health

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Binge drinking is a public health problem, but is alcohol inherently bad for our health? Some interesting commentary from addiction expert, Dr. Stanton Peele.

Breathalyzer Accuracy

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

When blowing into a breathalyzer subjects with larger lung volume may have lower breath alcohol content than a subject with a small lung volume because these subjects do not need to exhale as great a fraction of their vital capacity. Breath physiology expert, Michael Hlastala estimates that breath tests may vary at least 20% from actual blood alcohol concentration.

10% Highway Incentive

Friday, September 21st, 2007

A state that allows persons under 21 to legally purchase or publicly consume alcohol will loose 10% of its state highway funds. This “incentive” prompted all 29 of the states that had set ages lower than 21 to bring themselves into compliance with this federal guideline.

Young Adults consume 50%

Friday, September 14th, 2007

A 1999 study found that young adults ages 18-29 (roughly 25% of the population) consumed nearly half of the total alcohol consumed. While behaviors naturally tend to be most pronounced when they first begin to occur, it is perplexing to think that roughly 11% of alcohol is consumed by individual for whom it is illegal.

Wet or Dry

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Cultures can be characterized as either “wet” or “dry”. “Wet” cultures- those of southern Europe, for example- have high per capita consumption of alcohol but few legal restrictions, and fewer drunken driving fatalities. In “wet” cultures, individuals drink frequently but rarely with the intention of becoming intoxicated. “Dry” cultures- those of northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the United States, for example- have low per capita consumption of alcohol. Drinking is infrequent but, when it does occur, it is very heavy. “Dry” cultures have more alcohol related violence and drunken driving fatalities.