1. 3 years ago 

    According to a Sept. 2010 TV report by WISH-TV in Indianapolis, 1,800 college students die every year from alcohol-related causes such as alcohol poisoning or drunk driving. 

    The Indiana TV station also reported that the number of students drinking to get drunk has gone up 10 percent from 1993-2001.  In the 2011 J-Crew survey, 52% of respondents who consume alcohol said they do so to get drunk.

    Watch the video for more stats.


  2. 3 years ago 
    How much can you drink to maintain a healthy blood alcohol content?

    Consuming a drink or two may feel harmless, but for some, just a couple of alcoholic beverages could put your blood alcohol content into danger.  To calculate and manage your alcohol levels, follow this link for a table that estimates what you can handle based on sex, age, weight, number of drinks and time period.   


  3. 3 years ago 

    You don’t have to be an alcoholic to fall victim to the effects of alcohol abuse, according to a recent World Health Organization study.  

    To view the original study, check out the alcohol section of the WHO website:  http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/alcohol/en/


  4. 3 years ago 

    Top 10 Ridiculously Strong Drinks

    The state of New York recently announced a ban on Four Loko, a caffeinated alcoholic beverage, after multiple reports of college students being hospitalized after drinking it in excess. TIME takes a look at other heady elixirs from around the world, some which pack an even bigger punch

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,2031497,00.html#ixzz1Kt2cadlm


  5. 3 years ago 
    The words beer and healthy apparently CAN be in the same sentence

    A recent article published on www.dailymail.co.uk, reveals that the healthy side of beer unknown.

    The Beer Academy recently conducted a survey in efforts to raise awareness of the positive effects beer can have, such as enriching the body with fiber and antioxidants. 

    Read the full story through the link.


  6. 3 years ago 

    Study labels alcohol more harmful than hard drugs

    The myth that alcohol consumption is a safer choice than hard drug use may no longer hold true.

    A 2010 study by British doctors and experts found that alcohol is more harmful than hard drugs, such as heroine and crack cocaine, based on factors including availability and social acceptance.

    Alcohol and hard drugs each have their lists of effects, but the impact of our liquid consumption may be doing more than we anticipate.

    Watch this video to find out more.


  7. 3 years ago 

    Alcohol may help brain to remember, says new study

    Drinking alcohol primes certain areas ofour brain to learn and remember better, says a new study from the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction research at The University of Texas at Austin.  

    The common view that drinking is bad for learning and memory isn’t wrong, says neurobiologist Hitoshi Morikawa, but it highlights only one side of what ethanol consumption does to the brain.

    When we drink alcohol (or shoot up heroin, or snort cocaine, or take methamphetamines), our subconscious is learning to consume more. But it doesn’t stop there. We become more receptive to forming subsconscious memories and habits with respect to food, music, even people and social situations.

    "People commonly think of dopamine as a happy transmitter, or a pleasure transmitter, but more accurately it’s a learning transmitter,” says Morikawa. “It strengthens those synapses that are active when dopamine is released.”

    Alcohol, in this model, is the enabler. It hijacks the dopaminergic system, and it tells our brain that what we’re doing at that moment is rewarding (and thus worth repeating).

    Morikawa’s long-term hope is that by understanding the neurobiological underpinnings of addiction better, he can develop anti-addiction drugs that would weaken, rather than strengthen, the key synapses. And if he can do that, he would be able to erase the subconscious memory of addiction.

    "We’re talking about de-wiring things," says Morikawa. "It’s kind of scary because it has the potential to be a mind controlling substance. Our goal, though, is to reverse the mind controlling aspects of addictive drugs."

    For the full article, visit http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-04-alcohol-brain.html


  8. 3 years ago 

    College study reveals combining alcohol and energy drinks more dangerous than alcohol by itself

    Alcoholic Energy Drinks

    According to a recent study by Northern Kentucky University, drinking alcohol with energy drinks is more risky than consuming alcohol by itself.

    The experiment showed that those who consumed a beverage that combined an energy drink with alcohol “perceived themselves to be less impaired than those who drank the same dose of alcohol alone…which could make them more likely to take risks such as driving while intoxicated.”

    Researchers at NKU had a group of 56 students in their experiment, and each was given one of four drinks:

    • An alcoholic drink
    • An energy drink
    • A combination of the two
    • or a placebo

    Each drink was masked to taste like an alcoholic energy drink.

    The US Food and Drug Administration has already banned alcoholic drinks that have added caffeine, and energy drinks are notorious for having a much higher (sometimes triple the) amount of caffeine than sodas.

    Read the full article at Businessweek.com here.

  9. 3 years ago 

    The most popular beers in the United States

    Within the realm of alcohol, beer has a very distinct role. 

    Unlike wine, it’s typically not the beverage of choice during fine dining.

    And unlike hard alcohol, it doesn’t need a mixer to go down without a grimace.

    Instead, beer finds its niche at baseball games on a hot afternoon, on the front porch after a hard day’s work, and on college campuses.

    Though this form of alcohol comes in many flavors and brands, some tend to stand out above the rest.

    According to CNBC, the top selling beer in the United States is Bud Light, at a 19.2% market share, followed by Budweiser and Miller Lite. 

    To see where your favorite ranks in U.S. sales, check out CNBC’s full slides.

  10. 3 years ago 

    Do you know how much you’re spending on alcohol?

    After a recent investigation by the J-Crew, it’s obvious that many Doane students, and most likely other schools, have no idea how much money they actually spend on alcohol each month, let alone in a year.

    Collegedrinkingprevention.gov provides a handy alcohol cost calculator for students just like the ones we talked to this week:



Feeling the effects of a weekend buzz? The Doane College Journalism Capstone project has just the cure, as it explores the use - and abuse - of alcohol. Check out the posts here and at www.doaneline.com to see what the J-Crew discovers.