Juice Crawls Are the New Bar Crawls?

Unknown-1It’s hard to imagine yet incredibly refreshing to envision that juice crawls have taken hold and for some, are replacing the traditional bar crawl. Millennials are looking for healthful, alternative ways to socialize, so why not do so via social gatherings rooted in exercise, meditation, or…juice?

Here’s an article about why booze-free events are becoming increasingly popular…

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Balancing the Risks & Benefits of Alcohol

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The questions and answers about the pros and cons of drinking alcohol have been debated throughout history. How do we define moderation? Why does how much we drink and when (aka drinking patterns) matter? Why do the French, consumers of lots of wine, butter and cheese have lower cardiovascular disease than most? What’s the connection between alcohol and cancer? Do genetics play a role?

Leave it to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to put out this largely encompassing piece about the risks and benefits of alcohol, how to balance them and just about everything in between. Read on…

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Introduction

Throughout the 10,000 or so years that humans have been drinking fermented beverages, they’ve also been arguing about their merits and demerits. The debate still simmers today, with a lively back-and-forth over whether alcohol is good for you or bad for you.

It’s safe to say that alcohol is both a tonic and a poison. The difference lies mostly in the dose. Moderate drinking seems to be good for the heart and circulatory system, and probably protects against type 2 diabetes and gallstones. Heavy drinking is a major cause of preventable death in most countries. In the U.S., alcohol is implicated in about half of fatal traffic accidents. Heavy drinking can damage the liver and heart, harm an unborn child, increase the chances of developing breast and some other cancers, contribute to depression and violence, and interfere with relationships.

Alcohol’s two-faced nature shouldn’t come as a surprise. The active ingredient in alcoholic beverages, a simple molecule called ethanol, affects the body in many different ways. It directly influences the stomach, brain, heart, gallbladder, and liver. It affects levels of lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) and insulin in the blood, as well as inflammation and coagulation. It also alters mood, concentration, and coordination.

What’s Moderate Alcohol Intake? What’s a Drink?

Loose use of the terms “moderate” and “a drink” has fueled some of the ongoing debate about alcohol’s impact on health.

To read the entire article, click here.

 

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The College Party That’s Actually Sober

party-sober-2I drank plenty in college. Now I have two kids in college, a freshman and a senior, and I know they are doing the same. Rite of passage, way to unwind, liquid courage, social bonding–whatever the reason, legal or not, there is plenty of boozing taking place on college campuses across the country. Hard to believe but not everyone wants to get drunk in college.

When I read “Not the Usual Party (This One’s Sober),” by Jennifer Conlin, in last Sunday’s New York Times, I was relieved to discover that there are a growing number of college groups offering alternatives for kids who want to be and stay sober. There are, writes Conlin, 135 Collegiate Recovery communities on campuses in the U.S, and “While they vary in size from small student-run organizations to large embedded university programs, the aim is the same: to help students stay sober while also thriving in college.”

At places like University of Michigan, Texas Tech and Rutgers University, students can have access to substance-free living, lounges, parties, sober tailgates, dance parties, study groups and a trip with recovery students from other colleges called “Clean Break.” Drinking and college may be historically synonymous–now’s the time to think out of the box.

 

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And the winner is…

Unknown-1Thanks to those of you who submitted comments for our book giveaway. The winner of the copy of Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping by Laura Zinn Fromm is SORI SCOTT.

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Book Giveaway: “Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping”

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The recently published book, Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping (Greenpoint Press), by Laura Zinn Fromm, is a collection of essays that is part memoir, part cookbook.

Trying to find comfort in a family fraught with mental illness, Laura weaves together stories about food and family, food and friendship, food and pain, food and life. With life’s tragic downs and sporadic ups, the one constant for Fromm is her love of food and its creation–a lesson learned from her mother. The result of her efforts is an authentically-told joining of recipe and narrative, simply put–of cooking and coping.

We’re happy to offer a GIVEAWAY of one copy of the book. To enter, please leave a comment in the comments section, with your email address. We’ll pick a winner by drawing a name at random and will announce it on Wednesday, Feb 18. 

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