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Pledge Died After a Frat Party. Now Come the Jail Sentences

Dad of late Timothy Piazza: Men were 'individual players in a larger cast, but they knew the script'

(Newser) - Sentencing day has come and gone for four ex-fraternity brothers at Penn State tied to the death of a 19-year-old pledge. Per the Centre Daily Times , Michael Bonatucci, Luke Visser, and Joshua Kurczewski were sentenced Tuesday by Centre County Judge Brian Marshall to minimums behind bars ranging from 30 days... More »

Suicide, Overdose Deaths Hit Record High in US

Experts say a lack of social connection could be partially to blame

(Newser) - An awful milestone: In 2017, the US saw a record number of deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide. The national rate for such deaths hit an all-time high of 46.6 deaths per 100,000 people, a 6% increase over the year prior and the highest level since the Centers... More »

Zinke Didn't Like an Op-Ed on Him. Things Got Personal

Interior secretary accuses Rep. Raul Grijalva of alcohol abuse, using tax dollars as 'hush money'

(Newser) - A scathing opinion piece on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, penned by a Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee and published Friday by USA Today , has caught Zinke's attention—and he's offering some eyebrow-raising "thoughts" of his own online. The op-ed by Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva asked... More »

Lawyer: Ryan Lochte Finally Getting Help for Longtime Issue

Olympic swimmer will seek treatment for 'destructive' alcohol addiction

(Newser) - A hotel altercation this week has forced an Olympic champion to seek treatment for a longtime problem. TMZ Sports reports swimmer Ryan Lochte found himself in trouble Thursday after he tried to bust through his own hotel room door in the middle of the night in Newport Beach, Calif. He... More »

Study Has Sobering News for Moderate Drinkers

There's no safe level of consumption, researchers say

(Newser) - People who think drinking moderate amounts of alcohol delivers health benefits should think again, according to a massive study published in the Lancet . Some 512 researchers analyzed more than 1,000 studies and concluded that the safest level of alcohol consumption is zero, the Washington Post reports. They found that... More »

Pic of Affleck Was 'Tipping Point' for Ex's Intervention

Report says Jennifer Garner drove him to 3rd stint in rehab Wednesday after photo of him with booze

(Newser) - The "tipping point" that led Jennifer Garner to stage an intervention and get estranged husband Ben Affleck into rehab came from a photo. That's what sources tell TMZ , which reports the 46-year-old actor left his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Wednesday with Garner and an unidentified woman... More »

Lovato Is Giving Us a Rare Glimpse of Realness

She's providing a realistic view of mental illness and addiction: Jean Hannah Edelstein

(Newser) - Demi Lovato's openness about her struggles is more than just celebrity fodder—it's a "gift to many people who have experienced similar illnesses," writes Jean Hannah Edelstein at the Guardian . The singer, hospitalized this week after an apparent overdose, has shared her list of diagnoses since... More »

Want Long Life? No More Than 1 Drink a Day

More than that risks heart problems, researchers say

(Newser) - Here's some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, meaning drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose. The study found that people who down more than seven drinks a week can expect to die sooner... More »

A Big Number for US Binge-Drinkers: 17.5B

That's how many drinks they throw back each year, the CDC reports

(Newser) - If we're going by the numbers, the latest one emerging from the CDC is a big one: 17.5 billion, signifying the number of binge drinks quaffed annually by US adults during such binges, per Live Science . That figure, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine , comes from... More »

Low on Recruits, Army Expands Mental Health Waivers

Recruits with history of self-harm, drug abuse now have a chance

(Newser) - The Army, facing the challenge of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers by September next year, has opened the door to people with mental health issues that would have prevented them from signing up in the past. According to documents obtained by USA Today , the Army will now consider granting waivers... More »

US Alcohol Use Disorders Jump 50% in 10 Years

One in eight now has a drinking problem

(Newser) - A new study published last week finds that one in eight American adults qualifies as having a drinking disorder. According to the study published in JAMA Psychiatry , the rate of alcohol use disorder in the country rose nearly 50% from 2001 to 2013, the Washington Post reports. Currently, 12.7%... More »

Celeb Chef Gets Sober, Strikes Chord

Star chef Sean Brock's battle isn't rare in the hospitality world

(Newser) - Celebrity chef Sean Brock’s post-work partying benders were so notorious that colleagues began using his surname as slang—to "get Brocked"—for boozing it up after a long shift. But industry stars are applauding the chef’s open dialogue about addiction following a candid New York Times... More »

Knowing Booze Causes Cancer Inspires People to Cut Down

Most effective ad at motivating people to reduce their drinking shows cancer mutations

(Newser) - If you want to get people to stop boozing it up, don't show them images of glasses of healthy, sparkling water instead of beer—show them an ad that illustrates how too many cocktails can cause cancer to course through their bodies, the Guardian reports. That's the finding... More »

Ben Affleck Writes of Latest Rehab Stint on Facebook

He opens up about treatment for alcohol abuse

(Newser) - "I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step," Ben Affleck writes in a Facebook post disclosing a... More »

Taste for Beer May Be Saving Lives of Russian Men

Brief booze crackdown in 1980s got young men to shift away from vodka

(Newser) - Russian men have an unfortunate tradition of drinking themselves to an early death. As bleak as the number are—life expectancy for Russian men was 65 in 2012, compared with 76 in the US and 74 for China, notes Quartz —researchers have spotted improvement of late. And oddly, they... More »

Experts Chip Away at Mystery of van Gogh's Breakdowns

They say the Dutch artist was plagued by short psychotic episodes

(Newser) - It's long been known Vincent van Gogh had issues: He sliced off his ear during an 1888 breakdown, which was followed by his apparent suicide in 1890. Now a group of experts has concluded the Dutch artist was plagued by short psychotic episodes during his last 18 months of... More »

Scientists Flick Switch, Boozy Rats Stop Drinking

Study suggests alcoholism can be conquered in the brain

(Newser) - Rats can hit the bottle too hard, just like humans—and a new study suggests the rodents' alcohol dependence may be reversible, Live Science reports. "We can completely reverse alcohol dependence by targeting a network of neurons," says lead scientist Olivier George in a statement on the study,... More »

Chevy Chase Checks Into Rehab

Rep says it's time for recovery 'tuneup'

(Newser) - Chevy Chase has checked into a rehab facility in Minnesota for treatment for an alcohol problem. Chase's publicist said Monday that Chase is at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center for what she calls a "tuneup" in his recovery, the AP reports. Chase has had struggles with substances during his... More »

What Marriage Can Do to Your Drinking Habits

Marriage lowers risk of alcoholism, study says

(Newser) - While some people complain their spouse drives them to drink, scientists now say the opposite is true. A study published Monday in the American Journal of Psychiatry finds a powerful link between marriage and a reduced risk of developing problems with alcohol. "With this study, we were trying to... More »

Alcohol Nearly Killed Her; Now Her Story Is Going Viral

Hanna Lottritz shares her experience with binge drinking

(Newser) - Hanna Lottritz, then 20, went to a Nevada music festival with friends on July 25 and ended up in a 24-hour coma, having nearly died due to acute alcohol intoxication. Almost six months later, the University of Nevada, Reno, journalism student's essay about the experience has gone viral, USA ... More »

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