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Alcohol Dependence in Women

I can’t link this because the web site of the U.C. Berkeley Wellness Letter (to which I subscribe) is password protected; so I’m typing the whole thing out because it’s important. This is a WellnessFact from the February 2013 issue:

Alcohol dependence shortens the lives of millions of people worldwide, but is especially dangerous for women. A new German study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research found that while alcohol dependence (also called alcoholism) nearly doubles death rates in men, it more than quadruples them in women, shortening their lives by about 23 years. Alcohol dependence may be riskier for women because they end up with higher blood levels of alcohol and thus become more impaired than men from the same amount of alcohol; they also tend to develop damage to the liver, heart muscle, and brain at lower intakes.

Update: see an article from the Science Daily website about this study: click HERE


Office Elevator Out of Service

HEADS UP: The elevators at the LifeRing Service Center building, located at 1440 Broadway, Oakland, CA, are currently (5/19/2011) out of service. Please plan accordingly when you come to visit us.

UPDATE: The elevator is now fixed!

Reviewing “Last Call: A History of Prohibition,” by Daniel Okrent

I found this book so interesting that I reviewed it twice, a short review in LibraryThing, and a longer one in my personal blog. Here’s my short review:

This is a fascinating exploration of how the U.S. came to ban the use of alcohol, and then later repeal the ban. What amazed me was how little has changed in American politics; the ploys that the “drys” used to pass the Eighteenth Amendment are still in use today. Wayne Wheeler, without whom it probably wouldn’t have passed, is the spiritual father of Karl Rove, and in his day was just as powerful – maybe more. The split between the “drys” (mostly white, rural, evangelical Protestant) and the “wets” (mainly urban, with all that implies) is still with us; they just aren’t arguing about booze any more. The power of that minority in the 1920’s was astounding – the “drys” managed to delay the 1920 census for almost 8 years, because they knew that the redistricting would give more representation to the growing cities, and erode the political power of the less populated rural states. The name Bronfman will never look the same to me again; read and learn why. Did you ever wonder why we pay income tax? It’s in here. The initial income tax act in 1913 was trivial compared to this. Without the “drys” it’s entirely possible that women wouldn’t have gotten the vote in 1920; they put their power behind women’s suffrage because they knew women would vote to ban alcohol. If you have any taste for history at all, you must read this book.

Click on the link below to read my longer discussion at my blog, Hedera’s Corner.

Reading About Prohibition