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A Belligerent Passenger

Drunk TravelerLast week after checking-in for my flight at the Jakarta (Indonesia) International airport and getting seated in the gate area with many other passengers, my attention was grabbed by a rather large man who was alternatively muttering and then talking loudly to seemingly no one in particular. This odd behavior was interrupted periodically by deep swigs of a clear liquid from a disposable cup.

When the gate personnel were not looking, this otherwise dignified man would open up the ribbon barriers, then wait for them to be reattached; and repeat the same thing again.

Eventually an airline employee came to talk with this man. Upon pouring the contents of his cup back into a thermos, the gentleman became quite belligerent. After much gesturing, the man calmed down and tried to kiss the employee!

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Alcohol During Pregnancy Deadly to Brain Cells

The equivalent of a single drink produces irreversible brain death in unborn mice.

Research strongly suggests that avoidance of alcohol in pregnancy is important for the well-being of the off-spring. For example, a single drink triggered the death of 20,000 neurons per infant brains of mice. The blood alcohol levels associated with this nerve death correlate with that achieved by humans in social drinking. Thus a mother with moderate drinking habitrs might expose her unborn child to multiple occasions of irreversible brain cell death.

PositiveTip: Pregnant women should avoid all alcohol exposures for the good of their unborn.

Parental Connectedness: More on Risk Behaviors

Father playing ball with two kids.This is the seventh in a series of blogs about the benefits of connectedness.

Dr. Michael Resnick, a researcher from the University of Minnesota, conducted one of the great research projects measuring connectedness and applied it to kids and high-risk behaviors. Many of his findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1997.

Parental Connectedness: Substance Use by Youngsters

Parents helping their children with homework.This is the fifth in a series of blogs about the benefits of connectedness between parents and children.

Research shows that :
“…among both older and younger teens, those who felt very connected to parents and other family members reported less frequent use of cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. The presence of parents at home during key times of the day was associated with a lower likelihood of smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol among older teens (those in grades 9 – 12) and with a lower likelihood of marijuana use among both older and younger teens.”

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Psoriasis and Drinking Beer

Women who drink 5+ beers a week increase their risk of psoriasis 2.3 times.

The Nurses' Health Study II analyzed data from 82,869 women, supporting other findings showing that drinking five or more beers per week increased the likelihood of psoriasis by 2.3 times.

Research once linked this higher risk to all kinds of alcohol, but this particular study seems to point the finger at regular beer. The highly touted benefits of moderate drinking (1 drink a day for women) may not be so beneficial after all -- at least with beer.

PositiveTip: A healthy lifestyle free of intoxicating drinks is the best for clear skin and a strong body!

Benefits of Parental Monitoring-7: R-rated Media

R-Rated Media.This is the seventh in a series of blogs examining benefits of parental supervision.

A study from Dartmouth University Medical School.has reported that media portrayals of tobacco and alcohol use are associated with adolescent smoking and drinking. They studied the role of parents in monitoring and limiting children’s movie exposure and whether or not this was associated with a lower risk of adolescent smoking and drinking.

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Teen Binge Drinking May Cause Long-term Damage

Binge-drinking increases brain tissue degeneration in adolescent monkeys even after they quit drinking.

Is there a long-term impact from binge drinking during the teenage years?

Researchers from the Scripps Institute explored this question by letting adolescent macaque monkeys drink amounts of alcohol equivalent to teenage binge drinking for 11 months. Then they withdrew all alcohol for 8-10 weeks, and examined their brain tissue. Compared to non-drinking monkeys, they found that the binge-drinkers had significantly greater brain tissue degeneration.

PositiveTip: It is essential to  educate teens about the long-term, permanent changes that can be the result of reckless behaviors.

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Risk of Childhood Leukemia Goes Up When Moms Drink

One maternal drink per week increases risk of childhood leukemia by 24%.

Leukemia is the most frequently occurring cancer in children. Scientists believe that it results from the interaction of genetic and environmental factors.

Researchers reviewed the possible role of maternal alcohol consumption and risk of leukemia in their children. When moms took just one more drink a week, the risk of leukemia (acute myeloid leukemia) went up by 24%.

PositiveTip: Avoid drinking alcohol during pregnancy to minimize the risk of your children getting leukemia.

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Do Your Kids Ride with Drinking Drivers?

More than 25% of American kids have ridden at least in the last 30 days with a drinking driver.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports from their national survey of risky behavior, that during the 30 days before the survey, 28.3% of students nationwide had ridden one or more times in a car or other vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol.

PositiveTip: Talk to your kids about riding in a car with someone who has been drinking--and know who they will be with. It could be mean the difference between life and death.