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Ben Affleck: My Divorce 'the Biggest Regret of My Life'

Says playing an alcoholic in new movie was 'very therapeutic'

(Newser) - The second of four movies due out this year starring Ben Affleck has him playing an alcoholic who goes to rehab after ruining his marriage . If that sounds a little close to home for the actor, well, that's kind of the point. "Regarding The Way Back , the benefits,... More »

Americans Are Drinking More, and Here's Why

Seems there's a cultural change, and no 'policy response to match it'

(Newser) - Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What's more, it's been rising for two decades, and it's not clear when it will fall again. That’s the picture painted by federal health statistics, which show a rise in per-person consumption and increases in emergency... More »

In 'Rare Move,' 3 Elite Navy SEALs Are Fired

'Due to a loss of confidence that resulted from leadership failures'

(Newser) - In July, a Navy SEAL team was sent home early from Iraq amid allegations of sexual assault and unauthorized drinking. Shortly after that, Rear Adm. Collin Green warned , "We have a problem" in regard to the culture underlying not only SEAL Team 7, but throughout the entire special-operations force.... More »

Servers Who Fake-Smile Can't Hold Back After Work

It's especially hard for those with an impulsive personality

(Newser) - Those fake smiles and "thank yous" can really add up—especially if you're a spontaneous person. A new study finds that customer-service workers who force happy behavior on the job are more likely to over-drink after work, the Daily Mail reports. Researchers at the University of Buffalo and... More »

He Allegedly Killed a Fellow Cop. Now, a New Accusation

Nathaniel Hendren was reportedly drinking while on duty, per disciplinary document

(Newser) - Authorities in St. Louis are still trying to get to the bottom of how off-duty police officer Katlyn Alix was shot and killed last week while at the apartment of an on-duty colleague, and now the latter is facing allegations that he, along with his partner who was also on... More »

Coroner Rules on What Killed Cranberries Singer

Dolores O'Riordan died in an accidental drowning after a night of heavy drinking

(Newser) - The sudden death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan in January stunned the world, and a new development may prompt further shock waves. An inquest in the UK took place Thursday on what would have been the performer's 47th birthday, and the court heard that O'Riordan died of... 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 »

There's Another Reason to Avoid Heavy Drinking

Study finds it's a risk factor for dementia

(Newser) - A new study suggests that heavy drinking raises a person's risk for dementia, especially the early-onset variety. The research, published in Lancet Public Health , looked at 1.1 million French hospital patients diagnosed with dementia from 2008 to 2013. Of those patients, 16.5% of the men and 4%... More »

Harding's Mom: Tonya 'Doesn't Know What Isn't a Lie Anymore'

LaVona Golden speaks to ABC News for TV special on her figure-skater daughter

(Newser) - In the movie I, Tonya, the film on the life of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, a shocking scene depicts a moment when Harding's mother threw a steak knife at her daughter, sticking in Harding's arm, during an argument. Now, in an interview with ABC News that aired... More »

Why Today's Teens Don't Act Their Age

'Helicopter parenting' is one factor, researchers say

(Newser) - Compared to a generation ago, today's young people are dawdling when it comes to experiencing behaviors traditionally seen as precursors to adulthood: drinking, driving, having sex, and joining the workforce. As a result, they're often called "lazy"—but that's not exactly accurate. According to researchers,... More »

A Drink a Day to Keep the Doctor Away?

Light drinking may be healthier than abstaining: new study

(Newser) - Boozing it up heavily has been linked to all manner of ills, from car crashes and broken relationships to cancer, but a daily drink (or two for men) may offer heart and other health benefits that teetotalers are missing out on. That's according to researchers who surveyed more than... More »

Even Moderate Drinking Could Hurt Your Brain

Eight to 12 drinks a week tied to increased risk of hippocampal atrophy

(Newser) - A variety of studies have linked heavy drinking to brain damage and dementia, but a new one suggests moderate drinking might also hurt the brain and perhaps lead to memory loss. Contrary to studies suggesting drinking in moderation might actually be good for you, the latest in the British Medical ... More »

Lawmaker Shocked by 'Insane' State House Boozing

RI Rep. Moira Walsh says it 'blows her mind'

(Newser) - A new state lawmaker says she's surprised by the "insane amount of drinking" that goes on in the Rhode Island State House. Providence Democratic Rep. Moira Walsh told WPRO-AM Tuesday that lawmakers have "file cabinets full of booze." She described how they recently took shots on... More »

Montana Politician Wants to Resurrect the 'Road Beer'

Proposed open-container law wouldn't apply to drivers, bill's sponsor insists

(Newser) - Can't wait till you get home to crack open a cold one? A Montana lawmaker is working on legislation that may soon allow you to indulge your boozin'-while-cruisin' desires on that state's major thoroughfares. House Bill 206 , sponsored by Republican state Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, would allow passengers—... 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 »

Women Drink Because of Sexism—or Not

Ann Friedman ponders women's boozy side

(Newser) - A recent essay on Quartz by Kristi Coulter has been making waves on social media, with a (now-sober) Coulter saying she thinks 21st-century women guzzle too much hooch to forget about the sexist world we live in. Ann Friedman offers her own take, writing for the Washington Post that even... More »

Flight Crew Narcs on Allegedly Drunk Pilots

The Canadian pilots face up to 2 years in prison if convicted

(Newser) - Two allegedly drunk Canadian pilots were arrested Monday at Glasgow Airport just before taking to the skies with hundreds of passengers in tow, Glasgow Live reports. According to CBC , the flight crew noticed there was something off about the pilots and went to authorities. "We saw five policemen get... More »

College 'Drunkorexia' More Common Than Thought

Study finds 8 in 10 engage in the risky behavior

(Newser) - The term "drunkorexia" has been used for several years to describe a particularly risky type of behavior on college campuses—students skip meals or exercise intensely before drinking, or deliberately purge during or afterward. Generally, the idea is to cut down on calories consumed or to increase the buzz,... More »

The 10 Heaviest Drinking Cities in America

And their opposites

(Newser) - Approximately 18% of US adults drink an unhealthy amount of alcohol, 24/7 Wall St. reports. That's considered more than four drinks for women and five drinks for men in one go, or eight drinks for women and 15 drinks for men per week. Knowing that alcohol, in one way... More »

OSU Students Binge-Drinking Before Fatal Lake Jump: Report

Including 22-year-old student who died after diving into shallow water

(Newser) - Numerous students were drinking heavily for hours before a traditional cold-weather lake jump last year during which an Ohio State University student died, according to newly released police records. The students included victim Austin Singletary, his friends, and many other students among the thousands who attended the jump into Mirror... More »

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