Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Week in Alcohol

Aged 5 months in the Alderson Federal Woman’s Prison Martha Stewart has announced a partnership with E&J Gallo Wines to release 15,000 cases of ‘Martha Stewart Vintage’ wines. There will be three varieties (Cab, Merlot and Chardonnay) and all will be sourced in Sonoma County, California

So two drinks a day helps you better remember to do your monthly self-examinations A recently-published study claims that three or more drinks a day increases the risk of breast cancer for women by 30%. An unrelated study published at virtually the same time claims that moderate drinking actually enhances memory. ("People often drink to 'drown sorrows,'" one of the study’s authors says. "Our results suggest that this could actually paradoxically promote traumatic memories and lead to further drinking, contributing to the development of alcoholism." )

Guess I won’t stop drinking, then A study released by the Center for Addiction and Mental Health revealed that for people who quit drinking, it took two decades for their risk of developing cancer of the larynx, esophagus, and oral cavity to fall to the level of those who had never started drinking

Meanwhile, for hangover sufferers, science shows that the cure really is worse than disease
The journal Chemical Research in Toxicology published a study linking the combination of Red Bull (or other heavily-caffeinated energy drinks) and Tylenol to liver damage

Don’t drink and proselytize A survey published by the evangelical Christian firm Lifeway Research claimed that while the majority of lay Protestants believe consuming alcohol to be biblically sanctioned, three quarters of senior Southern Baptist pastors surveyed believed that drinking made evangelism less effective. (90% of Protestant clergy surveyed believed that “a Christian drinking alcohol could cause other believers to stumble or be confused.”)

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