Tag Archives: life

I drink to live

30 Aug

One of the most contentious issues in the vast literature about alcohol consumption has been the consistent finding that those who don’t drink actually tend to die sooner than those who do. The standard Alcoholics Anonymous explanation for this finding is that many of those who show up as abstainers in such research are actually former hard-core drunks who had already incurred health problems associated with drinking.
But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that — for reasons that aren’t entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does actually tend to increase one’s risk of dying even when you exclude former drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers’ mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2014332,00.html#ixzz0y71baGXr

Good thing! Although I’m sure my liver might have a little something else to add to this article, I’m completely okay with drinking to aid my health. I mean, honestly, what of health surveys can ever truly be correct without completely assessing a full health background? But still. I’m glad to see a little something to buffer the usual negativity constantly thrown toward drinking as a general occurrence. I think that people will always have their opinions, and close mindedness will always linger, but hey, it’s a start.

I think I may have to make a stop at the liquor store on my way home from work.

News in surround sound

27 Aug

Spending 8-5 four times a week researching news articles makes me feel incredibly (and often disgustingly) up to date with the world. From rallies to Gaga to technology, I am thoroughly wrapped up in society’s web. And I love it. I just hope I can pop the bubble once I walk out the door.

I’ve already gotten to that point of this kind of conversation:
Friend: Oh my gosh, I was just reading about John Mayer’s…
Me: I know.
Friend: Oh but what about that Amish perv…
Me: Yep.

I mean, I guess it’s a good thing. It’s almost like a rebirth, if you will. You know when you’re just rooting around the interwebs, and you come across about 8 things you wish you could text four different people about to tell them? Anyway, that and this article are what sparked my newfound interest in blogging:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-20014642-36.html

“‘The Social Network’ offers a despairing snapshot of society at the dawn of the 21st century, so advanced, so ‘connected,’ yet so closed and constrained by all the centuries-old prejudices and preconceptions about how our heroes and villains are supposed to look, sound, and act,” Foundas wrote. “For Mark Zuckerberg has arrived, and yet still seems unsettled and out of place.”

SERIOUSLY. it’s insane how interconnected we are. As I type this, I am keeping an eye on my iPhone, which keeps buzzing with text messages and emails from the gmail account I am NOT logged into on my computer. On my computer, I am logged into my work gmail, with gchats open to people IN MY BUILDING, FaceBook and Twitter are open and periodically checked, I am talking to someone in France on Skype, and I am constantly researching news articles to be posted on the Daily Caller’s website. In the background, I am awaiting phone calls to set up meetings with the outside world and the television is constantly going with news updates. It’s ridiculous.

“Whether it actually is as good as a handful of early reviewers say it is, “The Social Network” could really be the first major, zeitgeisty film that portrays the “digital generation,” or Generation Y, or whatever you choose to call it, as adults–the film that will be evoked for decades as emblematic of the climate that caused whatever generational neuroses that the “millennials” experience down the road. That’s something that the film’s excellent theatrical trailer, scored with a haunting choral cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” starts to drum up with its emphasis on social status, the enormous amount of deeply intimate information shared online through social networks like Facebook, and a snippet set in a nightclub in which Justin Timberlake, portraying former Facebook executive Sean Parker, declares confidently, “This is our time.””

AHH. I really can’t wait to see this portrayal of society and see exactly how our generation appears. I love that window of what you and your friends know in relation to what the world knows. I have been doing some serious internalization lately, and I’m really excited for an outlet of release. THE WORLD IS SUCH AN INTERESTING PLACE.