Toxic Relationships: Coping With an Alcoholic Parent

“Whenever anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help I want the hand of AA always to be there and for that, I am responsible.” The words of AA founder Bill Wilson explaining the fundamental role of a sponsor in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Sponsorship began when the program of AA began. Bill Wilson, hanging on to his sobriety by his fingernails, decided that he needed to talk to another alcoholic or he would begin drinking once more. He found that alcoholic in Dr. Bob, a seemingly hopeless alcoholic who had been trying, unsuccessfully, for years to stop drinking. Wilson explained his ideas about how to stop drinking and the program was born. From there Bill and Dr. Bob went out and found other alcoholics with whom they shared the principles and eventually the steps and by so doing they became the first sponsors in Alcoholics Anonymous.
I have been a sponsor for years now and I can tell you that I take that responsibility very seriously just as I take alcoholism very seriously. We are talking about life and death matters when we speak of sponsorship and alcoholism. When I agree to be someone’s sponsor I am agreeing to help them combat a deadly disease and to help them find an answer and solution to a nightmare that has invaded every aspect of their life. In most cases I am dealing with a human being who has been broken down emotionally, physically and psychologically and they are asking me to help. If that is not a serious matter then I don’t know what is.
Being a sponsor is, in fact, a life and death matter and it is a role that takes its toll on a sponsor emotionally. You see, more often than not, our sponsees will relapse and some will die upon relapsing and that, my friends, is frightening. On several occasions I have reached out a hand to help, had that hand grasped in a death grip, worked for months to pave a path of sobriety, only to have that person relapse and die.
On the other hand, there have been enough success stories to feed my soul for a lifetime, and knowing that there is the possibility of success is all it takes to continue reaching out.
So what, specifically, is the role of a sponsor in Alcoholics Anonymous?
In layman’s terms the sponsor helps a struggling alcoholic to find the solution as explained in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. If you have read my other articles about alcoholism you will know that helping someone to stop drinking is only the first of many steps necessary to find happiness. The most difficult undertaking is teaching an alcoholic how to change their life AND change who and what they are so that they have no desire to ever drink again. Alcohol is only a symptom of a much bigger problem and that problem is the alcoholic. For years an alcoholic uses alcohol to hide from reality, to cope with the knowledge that they are unhappy with themselves. This underlying problem is what needs to be addressed once alcohol is out of their physical system and they are able to tackle the bigger issues.
A sponsor guides his or her sponsee through the steps and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. Those steps and principles are detailed in the Big Book; there is no reason for me to list them here; you can find them at http://www.aa.org/bigbookonline/en_tableofcnt.cfm and http://www.aa.org/1212/. In them you will find a way of life that has helped millions of suffering alcoholics over the years and they are the guide to live by in the Program.
A sponsor helps the sponsee to become part of the Fellowship of AA, encouraging the sponsee to attend meetings, become a part of the fellowship and to provide service to others. The sponsor is there always to answer questions and provide support while the sponsee learns to at first take baby steps in sobriety and eventually to take larger strides towards a personal freedom. The sponsor is a mentor, a friend and a sounding board, and a good one can make the difference between life and death; a bad one can also mean the difference between life and death. Although I have always said that drinking is a choice it is still crucial to have the kind of support a sponsor can give as an alcoholic makes their way through sobriety. We all need support in life; we all need to feel that we are understood and that we are not taking on this life by ourselves and a good sponsor provides that much-needed support.

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Since a sponsor will be guiding a sponsee through the Twelve Steps, Twelve Principles and Twelve Traditions, it is strongly suggested that the sponsor practice those things in all their affairs. How can one properly teach that which they have no experience in? Furthermore, it is strongly suggested that the sponsor be a living example of those steps, principles and tradition. I have known sponsors who have not completed the Steps and yet attempted to teach those Steps to a newcomer. I have known sponsors who preached forgiveness and yet held resentments in their own life. Remember, a sponsor is supposed to be a living, walking, breathing example of the Program.
Nowhere is it written that a sponsor should be sober for a certain amount of time before becoming a sponsor but it is suggested that they have a solid foundation of their own before attempting to take on such responsibility. A year of quality sobriety is often mentioned as a good guide but it is completely arbitrary. In my time I have met many alcoholics with five, ten and fifteen years of sobriety who were not living the Program. On the other hand I have seen those who completely embraced the Program in six months. Again, quality of sobriety (not to be confused with length of sobriety) should be the determining factor.
It is strongly suggested that a sponsor only work with a sponsee of the same sex. Far too many complications are possible and in fact probable when a person is working with someone of the opposite sex. I have witnessed many a Program romance that ended disastrously and led to the relapse of sponsor and sponsee. It simply is not worth the risk despite the best of intentions. We should not go to AA meetings to find a date; that’s what Match.com is for. Alcoholics Anonymous is for saving and restoring lives and although many consider a meeting of AA to be their own personal dating service that is not and never will be the purpose of this Program.
A sponsor is not a personal banker for the sponsee. We are not there to lend money nor are we there to pay off some bills until the newcomer gets back on their feet. I have had newcomers ask me for a loan and I have turned them down flat.
A sponsor is not a landlord. We are not there to provide housing for the homeless and we are not a food bank for the hungry. By extension we are not a rent-a-car service or a personal chauffeur. We are not marriage counselors or job providers and we most certainly are not physicians. We have no business dispensing wisdom about prescription drugs, divorce, taxes or the raising of children.
We have one job and one job only: to help a suffering alcoholic work the Program and learn to live a happy life without alcohol.

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As I stated earlier, the job of sponsorship is one I take as seriously as life and death. If I do not have the time to properly devote my energies then I will decline the offer to be someone’s sponsor. If I am not feeling secure because of my own emotional problems I will decline the offer.
If I feel that a sponsee if not serious about this business I will decline the offer. There are enough alcoholics out there who have been beaten down and are ready to do the necessary work, so why would I waste my time on someone who is not willing to treat this seriously? If that sounds harsh or cold then so be it, but I am being asked by someone to invest my emotions, heart and soul into changing their lives so the least I can expect is that they are willing to do the same. I have had far too many sponsees do a half-assed effort, relapse and die. When that happens a part of me suffers and today I choose to pick my sponsees very carefully. Just because someone asks for help does not mean they are serious about doing the work, so I interview beforehand to try and obtain an accurate reading on the seriousness of the sponsee. If, after that interview, they are satisfied with me and I with them, then we can begin to form a team to tackle the task at hand.
For those of you out there who are struggling with this disease I wish you happiness. The solution is out there waiting for you but you need to make up your mind how badly you want it. Millions in the world today were at one time hopeless but made the choice to find a better way. If you truly choose to find a better life and you want my help then reach out and I will grab you. As a recovering alcoholic it is my responsibility to do so.
2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)
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Kitchen Exhaust Fans, An Important Appliance

White kitchens with white kitchen appliances, or a kitchen with colorful walls and white appliances and accessories to accent, are very attractive.Some people would argue that white is a traditional color for a kitchen, but others would argue that yellow or beige were just as traditional.One thing cannot be denied, though. If you have white walls, white counters, white large appliances, and white small kitchen appliances, such as Jack LaLanne’s PJEW Power Juicer Express, White, you have a very clean looking kitchen. It definitely shows if anything is not as clean as it should be.A good thing about white kitchens, though, is that if you decide you want some color, the addition of colorful dishes, cookware, bakeware, or even cookie jars or cannisters can liven it up.And if you get tired of one color or theme, such as a sunflower or rooster theme, you can easily change to another.This lens will bring together some recipes for homemade cream cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt with some interesting appliances for you to peruse.I have also thrown in my favorire Italian Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and Coconut Macaroon recipes. I hope you enjoy the recipes.Photo courtesy of Amazon.comIn many cultures, white is the color of purity.
Brides often wear white, because white symbolizes virginity; at the same time white is worn in some countries at funerals.
Some sources say white is the color of kindness, and white daisies are a representation of faithful love.
Because white light is whole, a complete combination of all colors and not a true color in itself, it sometimes denotes openness and truth.
However, as anyone who has been in a hospital might realize, white is also cold and stark, especially if it is not accented with vibrant colors such as yellow.
White can denote new beginnings and opportunities for explosive development.
It can help bring clarity to mental confusion, and helps to clear away cobwebs and clutter in the mind.Delicious!Cake:1 cup margarine2 cups white sugar5 egg yolks2 cups flour1 tsp. soda1 cup buttermilk1 cup walnuts¾ cup coconut1 tsp. vanilla5 egg whitesCream Cheese Icing:1/3 cup butter12 oz. cream cheese5 cups sifted powdered sugar1 tsp. vanillaGrease and flour 2 nine-inch round pans. In a large mixing bowl, cream margarine with white sugar. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition. Sift together flour and soda. Alternate the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture with buttermilk. Add the walnuts, coconut and vanilla. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the batter. Pour the batter into the cake pans and bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degrees oven. Remove from oven and allow to cool. While cake is cooking, make the cream cheese icing. Cream butter with cream cheese. Add powdered sugar. Mix well, add vanilla and beat until smooth. Place one cake layer on a cake plate, and ice the top. Cover with the second cake layer. Ice the sides and top of cake.Butter and flour baking sheet1 large egg white1 tablespoon sugar1/4 teaspoon vanilla1/8 teaspoon almond extract3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconutInstructions:Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 300°F. Butter and flour a baking sheet, and then knock off the extra flour.In a medium mixing bowl, stir together egg white, sugar, vanilla, almond extract, and a pinch of salt, then stir in coconut. Drop drop by rounded tablespoons (4 to 6) onto baking sheet (at least two inches apart).Bake until tops are light gold in spots, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool for a few minutes, then use a spatula to lift the macaroons from the pan onto a cooling rack. Cool completely, store tightly covered.Do you prefer a white kitchen or a kitchen with more color in it?Fun Purple Kitchen AppliancesDo you have any purple kitchen appliances? There are so many shades and hues of purple that sometimes it is hard to find just what you are looking for. For …Cobalt Blue Kitchen AppliancesDo you have blue appliances in your kitchen? Almost 50% of people claim blue as their favorite color. As the universal color of the sky and clear, clean wat…Orange Kitchen AppliancesSome people just really like the vibrance of orange kitchen appliances, such as this coffee maker. As a mixture of the colors yellow and red, it provides war…Pink Kitchen AppliancesIf you are stressed out by work or life, you should consider having a pink kitchen with pink kitchen appliances. Pink is made by mixing red and white. The ex…Green Kitchen AppliancesConsidered the most restful and energizing of all the colors, green has the calming effect of blue and the excitement and energy of yellow. It is the color o…Yellow Kitchen AppliancesPsychologically, the happiest color in the spectrum is yellow, which makes yellow kitchen appliances a great choice for kitchen decor. There are numerous mea…Grey (Gray) Kitchen AppliancesGrey (or is it gray?) kitchen appliances work well in almost any kitchen, regardless of the color of the walls, curtains, or flooring. Grey is a neutral colo…Turquoise Kitchen AppliancesTurquoise is a great choice for kitchen appliances if you have a stressful job and need to destress and calm down after work. Because turquoise goes by so ma…Red Kitchen AppliancesThough you can find almost any color to decorate your kitchen with, it seems red kitchen appliances have really become more popular in the past few years. In…It’s a challenge to part ways for a school year, as a young adult heads off to college. A parent’s concern, that all basic needs are met, while the student is more concerned about freedom. Preparation for life away is a mixture of emotions, to say the least.
While life on campus is not dependent upon appliances, there are a few basics which can ease the mind of parents, while accommodating the lifestyle and needs of students. Whether you are panning to outfit your student for his or her first year, or looking for a gift for a young person who will be graduating high school and heading off to study away from home, the following dorm appliance selections are some great ways to help that young adult adapt.
I spent 3 of my 5 years in college working in residential life, as a resident assistant, and later as an assistant resident director.  Cooking was a touchy issue, as many students wanted to have their hot pots, in spite of the fact that those were against the rules.  However, many modern dormitories provide suite or apartment style living, with more adequate facilities to accomodate food preparation.  Even for those which don’t, the items highlighted in this article are permissible in most dormitories.  Further, with innovations in food packaging, and preparation, there are many types of foods which can be stored at room temperature, or which a small fridge, such as those featured, can accomodate.Small refrigerators are great dorm appliances, allowing the dorm resident to store cold foods, and a few frozen items, as well. While most freshmen living on campus are expected to purchase at least a minimum meal plan, having one’s own refrigerator allows a student to adjust eating to his or her own schedule. Some university dining facilities have options for requesting to-go meals, which a student can then store in his or her refrigerator, to consume at a more functional time. Further, many students who would otherwise skip breakfast are able to keep milk, yogurts, and other perishables handy. Lunch meats and cheeses, condiments, and other sandwich fixings, as well, can be stored. The convenience of having a small supply of ice, as well, is nice. While not absolutely necessary, the small refrigerator is a great way to encourage healthier snacking. Small refrigerators range in size from 1.7 cubic ft. to 2.6 cubic ft.  The smaller ones generally have two shelves, with a little bit of storage in the door, as well.  The 2.5-2.6 cubic ft. models tend to have an extra shelf, along with a little more freezer space.  Sizes larger than this are generally not permitted in most dorm rooms.Try a fun fridge for a little encouragement.  Nucool has some colorful options, as does Emerson, which combines a fridge with a dry erase surface.  Perfect for keeping a cheery appearance in a dorm room!Microwaves, like refrigerators, provide an avenue for quick preparation of meals to eat in the room.  Their use would range from fixing frozen meals or shelf stable meals or soups, to preparing popcorn to snack on.  A small microwave makes it possible for your college student to eat meals in the room at his or her convenience.  Again, while most freshmen must have a minimal meal plan, a microwave can make it possible to purchase ingredients and meals that are somewhat more economical.With the coffee house surge of the last several years, it is much more likely that a young person is amenable to drinking coffee.  Starbucks isn’t often in the budget of a student.  A coffee pot allows for ease in making one’s own coffee, and come finals, the coffee may flow Furniture and Appliances- English Language


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How to Choose an Alcohol Stove for Backpacking

Alcohol, as we all know well, is not good for us – not good,
particularly, for the liver. Chronic alcohol abuse can result in the fatal
liver disease called cirrhosis, but cirrhosis is only last of three stages of
an umbrella disorder called Alcoholic Liver Disease. Cirrhosis is preceded by alcoholic
hepatitis.

The Three Stages of Alcoholic Liver Disease Are:

Fatty LiverAlcoholic HepatitisCirrhosisFatty Liver

The first stage of alcoholic liver disease is fatty liver,
and it is just what it sounds like. Alcohol abuse strains the functioning of
the liver and causes liver enlargement and firming and fatty deposits in the
cells of liver.

Fatty liver does not generally cause notable symptoms and
often remains undetected. Sometimes fatty liver will cause tenderness in the upper
right area of the abdomen, and fatty liver is generally detectable in blood and
ultrasound tests that look for liver abnormalities.

Fatty liver is completely reversible, and the liver will
heal itself if the alcohol abuse abates.

Alcoholic Hepatitis

The second progressive stage of alcoholic liver disease is alcoholic
hepatitis, and the symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis can range from very mild (or none at all) to
very serious. Hepatitis can be fatal, but like fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis
is almost always reversible after the alcohol abuse stops.

Symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis

Alcoholic hepatitis is sometimes elusive. Some sufferers
will not notice any appreciable symptoms of their hepatitis.

Symptoms of early or mild stage alcoholic hepatitis are generally
not “liver specific”. These include:

General feelings of fatigueNauseaDiarrhea Abdominal painsWeight lossLoss of appetiteLater stage alcoholic hepatitis may result in more liver
specific symptoms such as

JaundiceSwollen fluid filled abdomen (Ascites)Bloody vomitConfusionSome people, even with late stage alcoholic hepatitis,
remain asymptomatic.

Alcoholic hepatitis can be fatal and lead to liver failure, liver
infection or renal failure.

Alcoholic hepatitis, even if not fatal, will sometimes lead
to the third stage of alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis, unless alcohol consumption
stops. The hepatitis is detectable through blood tests (Most alcoholic
hepatitis patients will show reduced liver functioning in a blood test) or by
ultrasound or liver biopsy.

Beware, up to 20% of heavy drinkers that present with
elevated liver function test results are suffering liver damage from causes
other than alcohol.

Get a Check Up!

The lesson to be learned from all of this is essentially
that alcoholic liver disease is reversible and treatable until the third and
final stage, cirrhosis. It is also a fairly silent disorder, and most patients
will not present with serious “liver specific” symptoms until things
have gotten pretty bad.

So

If you do have any of the liver specific symptoms that would
indicate hepatitis – you cannot wait another day to get checked out and you are
at real risk of cirrhosis or even death.

If you drink heavily, and especially if you drink heavily and
feel any of the non liver specific symptoms (fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite
etc.) you should also ask your doctor to run some liver tests, just to make sure
things are still OK.

We heavy drinkers never like to own up to our habits in the
doctor’s office, knowing full well that our doctor will likely tell us to cut
back, and not having much inclination to do that! But Alcoholic Liver Disease
is deadly and miserable, and it’s just not worth risking. Tell your doctor the
truth about your daily consumption and find out how well your liver is holding
up.When you hear that a person died as a result of alcohol you could be forgiven for jumping to the conclusion they died because of alcohol poisoning due to over indulgence, or from cirrhosis of the liver caused by excessive consumption of alcohol over a prolonged period of time. Many of us never think beyond this, yet there are so many ways that alcohol can kill and it is important that we remember these too. This is why I decided to write this article, in spite of the fact I enjoy a sociable alcoholic drink myself. The fact is that alcohol in excess can be a killer, and not just of those who consume it directly.
This article is essential reading for the drinker (and their family), if they seriously want to avoid not only killing themselves, but those around them, whether family members, people they cross paths with, or acquaintances. No-one can consider themselves safe from the possibility alcohol can kill them or their family, even if they are not drinkers personally! If you find this statement hard to fathom you need to read the rest of this article to understand the message I am trying to get across.A person who drinks to excess and then gets behind the wheel of a car is now someone capable of killing not only themselves, but any unfortunate person who happens to get in the way of the lethal weapon they are now effectively ‘wielding’. In this case the car may be the object that physically causes the death in question, but the actual killer is the alcohol itself and the effect it had on the driver’s ability to not only operate that vehicle safely, but judge his own capability to safely drive any vehicle.Whilst under the influence of excessive alcohol consumption many people feel totally invincible. Their confidence and bravery is given a massive boost and they feel capable of undergoing any challenge thrown at them, (think ‘Dutch Courage’). Whilst this may be helpful when summoning up the courage to chat up a girl in a night club, it is not such a great idea when the inebriated person decides they can easily and safely climb up the nearest set of scaffolding for a bet, or they can win a fight with the biggest, ugliest and toughest person in the bar.
An example of alcohol causing a person to die through reckless behaviour happened some years back on a neighbouring island to where I live. The island is called Sark, and has no cars, only bicycles, a few tractors and horses and carriages. One of Sark’s features is a long walkway built between the main island and a smaller part of it called ‘Little Sark’. Either side of this walkway is a huge drop down to the rocks and the sea below, the only barrier being a double rail each side of it. One night a lad who had been drinking heavily with friends decided he could safely do a handstand on the rail itself. Whilst attempting this crazy and reckless action he lost his balance and fell the wrong way, killing himself upon hitting the rocks way below.Sadly it is not uncommon for domestic violence to be linked to alcohol, and certainly many incidents of domestic violence either against spouses or children happen when alcohol has been consumed to excess. This is not to say the violence wouldn’t have happened without alcohol, but it does seem to play a significant role in many such abusive relationships. There are plenty of documented cases where the abused individual tolerates this violence for many years before finally reaching breaking point and killing their abuser. This is another example of how alcohol can kill, in this case the drinker, but only by the victim fighting back against the lifestyle the abuser (and the alcohol) has forced them to live with for however long the violence has been going on. Of course the drinkers themselves can also perform such a violent act whilst drunk that they physically kill their family member or members, and whilst they will sober up and possibly be horrified at what they have done, it is too late, the alcohol has killed the victim or victims, and quite possibly the perpetrator too if the death penalty exists where they live.This can happen in so many ways. After a consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol it is so easy to fall asleep in a chair with a lit cigarette in your hand, a pan boiling on the stove, a fire burning in the grate without the guard in front of it etc. Some years ago my own Husband had been on a good night out, came home, and fell asleep on our sheepskin rug in front of a halogen heater whilst still wearing his plastic waterproof coat. I was upstairs taking off my make-up for bed when I smelt a very strange odour coming up the stairs. I headed back to our living room to see a spiral of smoke pluming up from the back of my Husband’s coat. He had his back so close to the heater that his coat had literally begun melting and presumably catching fire. Fortunately I was there to wake him up and get his coat extinguished. Goodness knows what would have happened if I hadn’t been there though. Some people are not so lucky and all that is found is their charred remains.Our reflexes naturally slow down or cause incorrect reactions when we are under the influence of alcohol. This is very dangerous if we are walking along a pavement / sidewalk and stagger into the path of a car as a result of either bad balance or a slowed ability to react to an oncTimeflies Tuesday: Alcohol
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Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Creative Artist

Hundreds of college students will die this year from alcohol poisoning – A tragic statistic of completely preventable deaths. These hundreds will leave behind many thousands more, roommates, friends, boy/girlfriends, people who were there with the victim but who didn’t know the danger sings of alcohol poisoning, and didn’t follow the steps that could have saved a life. Take 5 minutes to learn the facts about alcohol poisoning, and know what to do when someone you care about enters into a dangerous situation. Why is alcohol dangerous? Alcohol (ethanol) is a toxic substance – essentially it is poison. If you consume a small quantity of ethanol, you will feel some pleasant sensations. If you consume alcohol in excess you will lose increasing control over you body and mind (get drunk) and if you continue to drink into extreme intoxication, you risk death. You can poison yourself to death, and it may take less alcohol than you think. How does alcohol kill? Alcohol is most well known for the dangers associated with longer term consumption and alcoholism, but it is also quite dangerous when taken acutely. Alcohol can kill a person in a single drinking session in 2 ways. Alcohol is a depressant. This means it slows down the activity of the brain. It can slow down the activity in parts of the brain responsible for controlling things like breathing and the gag reflex, and if you drink enough, it can slow or even stop these vital functions. Drink enough and you can simply stop breathing.Alcohol is an irritant to the stomach, and when you drink excessive amounts of alcohol, the stomach reacts as it would in the presence of any poison, and tries to expel the stomach contents – and you vomit. It’s a safety mechanism. But since alcohol can also impair the gag reflex, people who pass out drunk and start throwing up are at great risk to choke on their own vomit, and many alcohol overdose deaths are from asphyxiation on vomit while passed out drunk.Combining alcohol with other drugs or medications greatly increases the risks. How much alcohol is too much? Most people can metabolize about 1 drink per hour. Drinking at a rate greater than 1 per hour will result in increasing intoxication. There are a number of variables that influence the amount of alcohol a person can consume, and factors such as experience, body weight, stomach contents and fatigue will all influence the effects of alcohol on the body. In some cases, as little as 6 drinks in an hour for a smaller person have proven lethal. Many alcohol poisoning deaths occur after participation in drinking games or dares – scenarios where a person might drink far more alcohol far more quickly than they normally would. These games are especially dangerous due to the lag time of alcohol absorption into the blood stream. It takes a while to fully absorb all of the alcohol you drink (30-90 minutes for full absorption) so you might continue to quickly drink shooters, not knowing how dangerously intoxicated you were going to get. Drinking games are very dangerous. Signs of Alcohol Poisoning The following signs indicate alcohol poisoning. If you see any of these symptoms, call an ambulance. Don’t worry about being wrong, there may not be any second chances if you’re wrong and don’t call. The person has passed out and you can’t wake them upSeizuresVery slow breathing or irregular breathing (less than 8 breaths per minute)Very cold skin, blue lips, clammy skin or other signs of hypothermiaVomiting Pale skin*Source NIAA Don’t let them sleep it off…. Very few college students drink themselves to death in isolation. Most that die do so in a group, and most are “put to bed” by friends who think that they just need to sleep it off. Although only time will sober the person up, unsupervised sleep can be deadly, as the person may choke on vomit, may simply start breathing, may go into a hypoglycemic seizures or may vomit so much as to develop dehydration linked brain damage. Leaving them alone is dangerous. The list of artists and creative people that I most admire that have had alcohol or substance abuse problems is a very long list. I have wondered, time and time again, is there a connection between drug and alcohol abuse and creativity? Do you need to have a drug or alcohol abuse problem in order to be creative ? Does drug and alcohol abuse enhance the creative mind, open it up, let it fly free to create the works of art and literature that I most admire? Is there something about the altered state of conciousness that alcohol or drugs bring that makes a person more creative? Beethoven drank wine while composing his music. His personal habits were reputedly foul; he was often publicly drunk and oblivious to his personal appearance. Yet he created the most beautiful, immortal music ever written. Aldous Huxley experimented heavily with drugs; predominately opium. He believed an altered state of consciousness was necessary for him to create. I don’t believe Coleridge would ever have written “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” had he not been strung out on opium at the time. He called it ” a pipe dream”, and so it was. Fyodor Doestoevsky was an inveterate drinker and a compulsive gambler. Part of what impelled him to write was the desperate need for the money to support his addictions. Charles Dickens was, by all reports, more than a social drinker. Guy De Maupassant wrote one of the eeriest, most haunting short stories ever written, called “La Horla”, when he was addicted to laudenaum and alcohol, and very near the end of his life. He died at an early age from syphilis, which was incurable at that time. Johnny Depp admits to being drunk in order to go to press conferences. He says, “It isn’t recreational. I guess I was trying not to feel anything.” Paul Gauguin was an alcoholic. So were: Edgar Allen Poe Ernest Hemingway John Steinbeck Tennessee Williams F. Scott Fitzgerald Raymond Chandler Eugene O’Neill Edna St. Vincent Millay (who was also addicted to codeine) Dorothy Parker William Faulkner Thomas Wolfe Stephen King Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and many more. In an article called “Weed Girl” Belinda Housenbold, PhD writes about a certain client who goes under the pseudonym of “Weed Girl”. This girl is a teenager who copes by self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. She “never learned to cope with her own busy mind”. I love that quote. I feel I understand it perfectly. It does seem at times one’s own mind will not leave one alone; then what? Is it time for a cocktail? Does the neighborhood pub seem like the place to be all of the sudden? I really think I can relate to that, though not to the point of a problem with abuse.
I believe a lot of extremely gifted artists do the same thing: they need a rest from their own relentless minds, so they overindulge in drinking, they indulge in alcohol and drug abuse, to numb down their passion, dull their sensitivities, so they can work.
I don’t believe alcohol and drug abuse enhances their sensitivities or expands their artistic visions; they may believe it does…I don’t. I think they are just turning down the noise inside their own heads with drug and alcohol abuse in order to create.
It’s a dangerous thing to think, that drug and alcohol abuse are a necessary part of being an artistic genius, or that drug and alcohol abuse enhance creativity.
Writer Pearl S. Buck commented, “The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.”
Johnny Depp says, “Drug use has less to do with recreation and more to do with the fact we need to escape from our brains. We need to escape from everyday life. It’s self-medication.”
Addiction, drug and alcohol abuse are modern constructs that occur in all walks of life. Any class of person, in any circumstances can respond to the pain of being human with drug or alchohol abuse. This pain, this frustration, of being human, may be much more severe for highly sensitive, gifted, talented people. Many of those great artists, writers and musicians whose work I so much admire have suffered in their personal lives from these addictions, and many have died young. Maybe drug and alchohol abuse are occupational hazards for the artist. If so, I wonder what these wonderful people could have done, had they no bad habits.
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Marijuana and alcohol are two drugs that are often used for the same effect: a sense of euphoria, relaxation, and feelings of happiness. Both substances are or once were illegal for use in the United States, with alcohol’s decriminalization coming via the Twenty-First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in 1933. Marijuana, on the other hand, is still illegal in America and has been for a very long time. This, however, is in need of reform. If a drug that could kill you quickly is legal, then why would a drug that cannot kill you with such ease be illegal? Well I’m afraid, as usual, it has a lot to do with money. Though the government could make an awful lot of revenue if they legalized and taxed marijuana, they are afraid that the average citizen could make too much of a profit from it simply because it is easy to grow and harvest. Though many Americans still illegally produce alcohol for private sale and use, it is much more difficult to do so than it is to grow weed. Though marijuana is not a perfectly safe substance, research often indicates that it is safer than alcohol.
Below I have stated four simple reasons that marijuana is safer than alcohol and, when it really comes down to a human standpoint, what’s safer should be more tolerated.Though both drugs have intoxicating effects, the severity of the intoxication differs quite largely. Far more often than not, alcohol in large quantities impairs the mind and senses in a much more debilitative way than weed. Not only that, but using marijuana will not result in a dreadful hangover the next day. As far as doing certain activities while under one of these influences, such as driving, alcohol can impair your ability far worse than marijuana. Drinking several shots of liquor or a pack of beer will almost always impair your reflexes and judgment worse than hitting a joint or two of weed. Now it is true that this varies depending on different people’s tolerance levels and physiological makeups, but in a general sense of speaking marijuana doesn’t mess you up like alcohol does.Both alcohol and marijuana can have long-term negative effects on the body. Research has indicated, however, that the effects of alcohol are more numerous and devastating. Liver cancer, heart failure, and hypertension are three possible results of excessive alcohol consumption for a lengthy period of time. None of these conditions are pleasant. As for the weed, testicular cancer, frequent cough and phlegm, and cancer of the respiratory system are possible. Yes these don’t sound much better than alcohol’s effects. The key point is, however, that research on marijuana use is not as conclusive as that of alcohol. Many people that smoke cannabis also smoke cigarettes, making it unclear as to whether it’s the weed or the tobacco/chemicals causing the maladies. From my own perspective, I’ll take the weed.You simply cannot overdose on marijuana. Any other drug you can think of, including alcohol, mushrooms, cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy, heroin, crack, prescription pills, and meth, can very possibly cause life-threatening side effects that could result in immediate death. Even the slightest amount of any of these drugs could have such damaging repercussions. As for marijuana, however, you can partake in that all day and suffer from no more than sleepiness or just general laziness! Simply put, there is no disputing the fact that cannabis is safer than any other drug, even alcohol.The use of marijuana does not incite feelings of rage and sexual depravity as alcohol does in many individuals. Most often we hear that rapists were drunk when they attacked their victim. Some people are prone to display violent behavior when under the influence of alcohol, resulting in a multitude of accounts of domestic abuse and child abuse. On the flip side, I can’t say I’ve ever heard of a man beating his wife because he smoked two joints. I have never heard of a man raping a woman because he hit a water pipe too many times. It’s clear as day that marijuana, an illegal drug, does not make people act like this but yet alcohol, a legal and easy to obtain drug, does. Regularly partaking in either substance is something that isn’t going to be recommended by any physician. Both can have repercussions. I do not condone the use of either substance while pregnant, at work, or driving a vehicle, nor do I condone the use of them by individuals with behavior problems. I’m just saying that if something like alcohol is legal, then marijuana should be too. Marijuana should be legalized and regulated by the same laws that govern alcohol, resulting in a fair, responsible allowance of the usage of each one.Popsicles are a classic choice for kids in the summer. They make an easy and often nutritious dessert or snack. While there are many non-alcoholic Popsicles that people of any age can enjoy, there are a number of great alcoholic Popsicle recipes, too. The next time you are hosting a summer party for families or just adults, consider one of these recipes. Consider the occasion and the preferences of your guests. Mojitos Popsicles may be a perfect option for a bridal shower while beer Popsicles may be the best choice for a Fourth of July gathering. Whatever the occasion may be, enjoy!No matter which recipe or recipes you choose to make, you will need the following supplies:Blender. Either a regular blender or an immersion blender will work.Molds/trays/glasses. There are a variety of options for Popsicle molds out there. They include, but are not limited to:
Popsicle plastic molds. You can purchase these in the kitchen section of most big box stores and chain stores with kitchen sections (i.e. Kohl’s, Bed Bath and Beyond). They come in various sizes and with various types of lids/sticks.
Small glasses, such as shot glasses. A number of recipe authors used small glasses for molds, such as little shot glasses. If you already have these on hand, that’s perfect. Otherwise, you should be able to pick up a small set without spending too much.
Ice cube trays. In a pinch, ice cube trays are always an easy options. Additionally, if you want to serve smaller Popsicles, this is something to consider.
Please note: Unless you are using molds that come with handles or sticks, make sure that you include sticks in your Popsicle mixtures before freezing them. Most people opt for craft sticks, which are available in the kid craft section of big box stores.
Ice. If you will be serving Popsicles at a party and not everyone is eating one right away, make sure to keep them in molds and on ice so that there is minimal melting.As margaritas are one of the most popular alcoholic drinks out there, I’m sure it’s not a surprise that the Popsicle versions are also one of the most popular choices. I found by far more strawberry recipes than anything else. Watermelon is another classic choice. Of course you can switch up the fruits any way you like. Scroll down for a honeydew cucumber margarita recipe from Endless Simmer, too.There are a handful of recipes I found that contain multiple fruits and have carefully poured layers as pictured on the right. This is not necessary for a delicious Popsicle, but the extra effort will add a great aesthetic that will wow your guests. Also, please check out the sour cream, cherry, and tequila recipe. Can you get a much more amazing set of ingredients?For those of you who enjoy mint, a mojito is always a great choice. Turning the drink into a Popsicle is about the only thing that could make it more appealing. This seems like an ideal choice for a bridal shower, bachelorette party, or other girly gathering.Beer is best served cold, right? Why not go ahead and freeze it? This recipe has detailed step by step photos and directions as well as tips for customizing the ingredients that you can add to the beer. Check out thekitchn.com for more great beer recipes, too.There were a handful of recipes that for cocktails and other drinks that didn’t fit in anywhere else. The links here include recipes for
Tangerine Screwdriver
Lime Rickey
Watermelon Rum
Tangerine Rum
Blackberry Bramble
Salty Dog (grapefruit)
Last summer, the web site Endless Simmer put together an awesome list of alcoholic Popsicles. I couldn’t possibly begin to pick just a couple for this article, so I’m providing the link for the entire list. It includes the following recipes:If you already have a non-alcoholic Popsicle recipe or kind of non-alcoholic store bought Popsicles that you love, you can easily add a little alcohol to it with this simple trick. Fill wine glasses or other glasses of your choosing with a little wine or champagne before adding your Popsicles. Check out this blog post for Mango Strawberry Mimosa Pop and Mint Grapefruit Margarita Pop recipes, too.We’ve all been there at least once in our lives. Saturday night rolls around and your buddies beg you to go out with them for a “few beers.” Before you know it, you’re crawling out of the Timeflies Tuesday: Alcohol
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Non pasteurized beers / Live beers.Beers normally undergo pasteurization to ensure longer shelf life and uniformity.Craft brewery, also called micro brewery,
generally means a brewery which produces a limited amount of beer. In
the U.S.A, the “Brewers Association” use a fixed maximum limit of 15,000
US beer barrels (1,800,000 l; 460,000 US gal; 390,000 imp gal) a year
to define microbrewery. An American “craft brewery” is a small,
independent and traditional brewery.Craft Beer (produced
from a Craft Brewery or Micro Brewery) is an American term which is
also common in Canada and New Zealand and generally refers to beer that
is brewed using traditional methods, without additives such as rice or
corn; brewed for distinction and flavor rather than mass appeal. In the
early 1980s, with just a dozen or so national brands of beer to choose
from, microbrewers were established in the U.S. so as to offer the
full-flavored beers available in Europe. It wasn’t until the mid 1990s,
however, that these craft brewers started gaining real momentum.
According to the Institute for Brewing Studies, there are now nearly
1500 microbreweries and brewpubs that produce 3% of all the beer
consumed in America. By the late 1990s, certified organic beers started
appearing on the shelves nationally. Craft beers uses the best quality
malts and hops. Take the case of the Czech pilsner, now the most common
style of beer brewed worldwide. Craft brewers follow the course of their
European ancestors, making all-malt pilsners with a full-bodied flavor
and generous helpings of hops. Because of the increased percentage of
specialty malt and hop ingredients you are going to experience flavors
and aromas not found in light Industrial style lagers. Craft beer means
natural beer brewed in a non-automated brewery of less than 50-barrel
brew length, using traditional methods and premium, whole, natural
ingredients, and no flavor-lessening adjuncts or extracts, additives or
preservativesThere is a resurgence of appreciation for
craft beers in many countries of the world as a product of fine craft,
like wine. In general almost all mainstream commercial and mass-produced
beers (Budweiser, Coors, Miller), except for some keg beer or draught
beer, is pasteurized. The list below shows list of craft beers that have
confirmed that they don’t pasteurize their beers, either their bottled
beers or keg beers version.Pasteurization is
named for French scientist Louis Pasteur, who discovered that fluids
can be partially sterilized at high temperatures. This process enables
the brewer to kill traces of live yeast or other organisms which helps
the beer stay fresh longer. The filled and closed packages are conveyed
through different sections of a “tunnel” pasteurizer, and are sprayed
with heated water. Pasteurization is also needed to preserve product
uniformity. The brewer has only minimal control of the conditions and
the length of time packaged beer will be stored, particularly by the
retailer and the consumer.The downside of pasteurization is that
it alters the taste and destroy the natural yeast and enzymes in the
beers, and along with them, potential health benefits.Non pasteurized beers have better taste and better health benefits since it is not subjected to heat.Drinking unpasteurized beers is safe. An unpasteurized beer is
“live” beer, containing living micro-organisms such as yeast. The
alcohol in beer will kill any harmful bacteria, which is why
unpasteurized beer is not a health risk. Unpasteurized beer has health
benefits. It has live yeast, which is one of the most effective ways of
getting vitamin B complexes. (The B vitamins also counteract hangovers,
just an added benefit of unpasteurized beer.) Certain types of beer
contain lactobacillus, which is the beneficial bacteria in fermented
vegetables and dairy ferments (yogurt, kefir). Sour beers are the ones
which usually contain lactobacillus. Of course, only an unpasteurized
beer will contain live lactobacillus that are beneficial for you. Almost
all or all commercial beers are pasteurized, which makes the yeast not
very useful, and the lactobacillus useless.Beers that are “bottle-conditioned” are not pasteurized.
Many Belgian Ale and U.S craft beers are bottle conditioned. Big Beer
(Budweiser, Coors, Miller) pasteurizes beers after bottling to prevent
microbes from causing “off” flavors. These microbes, however, do not
cause illness. Craft brewers do not typically pasteurize, and while
there is little evidence to support any claims, I expect that research
will ultimately reveal that unpasteurized “live” beers are nutritionally
superior to pasteurized beers. The major difference between Big Beer
and craft brewers extends beyond pasteurization to filtration. The big
beers companies filter their beer to remove yeast and protein that
causes the beer to cloud at lower temps, called chill haze. But
filtering the yeast removes most of the B vitamins – think brewer’s
yeast – and other nutrients like chromium, evidence that unfiltered
beers are more nutritious.Some brewers are reverting back to
“bottle-conditioning”, a centuries-old tradition of preserving beer.
Bottle-conditioned beers undergo a second brief fermentation – in the
bottle – which carbonates the beer naturally. In addition, the added
yeast fights off the microbes that cause “off” flavors and enables the
beer to improve with age, like a bottle of wine.There are health
benefits associated with moderate beer consumption. Keep in mind, too,
that darker beers contain more antioxidants than lighter beers. Non pasteurized beers list / Un-pasteurized beers listAnchor Steam Brewery (San Francisco, California): Both Anchor Steam bottled beers and keg are flash-pasteurized and filtered.To
my surprise, Anchor Steam, a San Francisco microbrewery pasteurizes
their keg and bottled beers. I have never been really a fan of Anchor
Steam, as it tasted too bland for me. Could this be related to the
pasteurization process of Anchor Steam beers?Thank you for your e-mail. All of our beers are flash-pasteurized and filtered. Best regards,Anchor Brewing Company Deschutes Brewery (Oregon) / Black Butte Porter Beers: Thank you again for your inquiry. At this time none of our brews are pasteurized. We may consider it with beer aged in oak barrels but only the barrel aged portion of the brew would be pasteurized. We prefer un-pasteurized brews as well. Hope this helps.
:) Deschutes BreweryNorth Coast Brewery(California): Thanks for being in touch. None of our beers is pasteurized. All of our beers are filtered with the exception of PranQster, Blue Star Wheat Beer, and Le Merle. Hope you’re enjoying our list. Best regards,Mark Mark E. RuedricPresident and BrewmasterKona Brewing Company: All Kona beers are not pasteurized.Widmer Brewing Company: All Widmer beers are not pasteurized.Thank you for your email.  We don’t pasteurize our beers and
have an extensive QA department to ensure the finest quality of beer for you.

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 Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. 929 North Russell Street, Portland, OR  97227Samuel Adams Brewing Company:All
Samuel Adams beers in kegs are unpasteurized but the Samuel Adams
bottled beers are pasteurized. Any of Sam Adams wheat beers are going to
be unfiltered but the rest are filtered.Mendocino Brewing Company:All Mendocino Beers from west coast (Ukiah, California) are un-pasteurized, but the east coast Mendocino beers are pasteurized.Gordon Biersch Brewery: Update from Gordon BierschWe flash pasteurize our beer and we do filter it.Thank you for your interest in Gordon Biersch.Gordon Biersch Brewing CompanyPyramid Brewery: None of Pyramid’s bottled beers is pasteurized.Widmer Brewery (Oregon): None of Widmer’s bottled beers is pasteurized.Redhook Brewery: No Response from Redhook BrewerySierra Nevada Brewery: Update from Sierra Nevada beersThanks for the inquiry. All our bottled beer
is brewed, filtered and packaged without the use of isinglass, bone
char or any other animal byproduct. Pale Ale, Celebration and
Summerfest is
filtered using cellulose trap filters coupled with centrifugation. All
others use centrifugation only.
We do not pasteurize at all as the heat would kill the yeast and the beer would not bottle condition. Bottle conditioning is unique to Sierra Nevada beers. We dose back a small amount of yeast
in the bottle. The yeast ferments the priming sugar and creates the finish carbonation and flavors unique to our beer. Hope this helps. CHEERS!Beck’s Beers:
Beck’s beers from Germany is not a craft beer, but I wrote to them and
was not surprised to learn that all Beck’s beers are pasteurized.All
beers from Budweiser, Millers, and Coors are all pasteurized for both
keg and bottle versions. I have visited and done brewery tour of the
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I had never really thought about it – what was the secret of that silky smooth stiff but gentle milk tea that you get in Hong Kong? If you ever ask anyone who has had the chance to try Hong Kong Milk Tea, they will get this far away look on their face before they tell you how incredible it is. How does it taste? A tiny bit sweet, rich, creamy, with a divine texture that sends people swooning. And yet, you do not make it with cream, so it does not have any oily taste to it. It simply taste like the angels made it, and you have gone to heaven.In Hong Kong they like to force water through tea that has been stuffed into a stocking, and this makes the tea very strong. That is the stocking part. It isn’t really a stocking. But of course, you can make strong tea by boiling it, or letting it sit longer, so there is no need to use stockings. There are two more secrets – one is the milk to use, and the other is the secret ingredient…Want to make some?(Introductory photo by Marcus Stout. All other images by Elyn MacInnis unless otherwise noted and linked to the original site.)You don’t have to use a stocking strainer. Any strainer will work. But I like mine to fit over my tea cup.What kind of tea?Loose tea!Why?You don’t get any extra chemicals from the paper in the teabag.*You get better flavor from the leaves.You can make your own mixes of teas to the flavor you like best.What kind of tea do they use in Hong Kong?Special teas we can’t get easily.What teas can we substitute for the Hong Kong special teas?English Breakfast, Keemun, Earl Grey, and any other strong tea you might have in the house*About the chemicals in teabags. I have put more about that at the end because you may or may not be interested. But if you want to know about it, go to the end of this page and there is more.Seriously? Yes – the recipe calls for boiling an eggshell in the tea water. I have tried it with and without, and it definitely makes a difference. The tea becomes even more silky smooth if you add an eggshell to the tea when it is boiling. Surely it has to do with lowering the acidity of the drink. Eggshells are mostly calcium, which can dissolve into, acidic liquids like coffee and tea, making them less acid and bringing out other flavors.One day I didn’t have an eggshell, and tried using a little cornstarch dissolved in cold water, poured in after the tea was almost done. It was smoother, but it lacked something. I am not sure what, but the verdict with all my friends was that an eggshell makes a better milk tea.If you like smooth creamy drinks, you might want to try my recipe for tea nog at Christmastime. It has some starch in it and carries it off. You can find it at:Like egg nog but hate the calories?Black & White Evaporated Milk is the favorite in Hong Kong I couldn’t find this brand in the US, but I do know that Carnation Full Cream (not filled) Evaporated Milk is the best substitute. The “filled milk” has soybean oil in it, and is not as good as the “full cream” version. If you ever come across a Black and White Evaporated Milk, make sure you buy some. It is specifically made for tea, and is endorsed by Tea Masters all over Asia.Read your labels carefully. You want Evaporated Whole Milk, not “filled milk.” And you want PLAIN evaporated milk, not sweetened condensed milk.I know quite a few people who do not like milk in their tea normally, but they are willing to try Hong Kong Milk Tea. And they usually like it. How about you? Would you like to try milk tea?Milk in your tea?My favorite tea shop in the US is the Golden Moon Tea Company.If you want to move to loose leaf tea instead of teabags, but aren’t sure what to buy or where to buy it, in my opinion this is the place to check out loose leaf tea.They have a sampler of 31 different kinds of tea to test, in a lovely basket, for $34, which is a great bargain. After trying all 31, you will practically be an expert.Did you know some teabags contain toxic material?If you put paper in water, pretty soon it turns into a slushy pulp. So why does the paper in teabags not turn to mush? Part of the reason is a chemical called Epichlorohydrin, It stiffens the paper and keeps it resistant to water. Sounds like a good idea. But it isn’t.What is Epichlorohydrin?It is a chemical used not just in teabags, but in other materials, like epoxy resins, textiles, inks, dyes and rubber. These are not things you would want to eat or drink.Is this chemical safe?No. It isn’t. This is what Dow Chemical, the largest manufacturer of epichlorohydrin said about it:Epichlorohydrin has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. In the U.S.A. it is considered to be a potential carcinogen for purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) hazard communication standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.And this is what the European Union report said:”The substance should be regarded as if it is carcinogenic to man. There is sufficient evidence to provide a strong presumption that human exposure to the substance may result in the development of cancer.”Does that mean I have to stop drinking tea?Of course not. It just means that you should stop drinking teabag teas until the manufacturers disclose if they use epichlorohydrin in their teabag papers or not. Alas, very few have, but there is one manufacturer that has certified their teabag papers to be Epichlorohydrin-free. That’s good news!So which manufacturer is that?The wise people at the T-sac company. They provide teabags made in Germany of natural wood and hemp fibers, which are also chlorine-free.Grateful thanks to Marcus Stout and the good people at Golden Moon Tea Company for alerting me to this situation.Or perhaps you have been to Hong Kong and even had a truly traditional cup there. What did you think of it?For the information on safe teabags for loose tea, see below.The FDA has discovered a trend that until recently remained largely unrealized. This trend, backed by data from an innovative new study, is the substantial number of mothers who supply their newborn infants with herbal teas and/or various supplements (1). The FDA concluded that up to 9% of infants receive botanical supplementation and herbal based beverages while only a few months old (1). In 2010 there were slightly more than 4 million babies born in the United States; this means that around 360,000 of them were given more than just milk in their bottles.
The study surveyed over 2,600 women soon after they gave birth (1). Of these women, 5.7% provided their babies with tea or supplements once within a two week period and 3.6% provided their babies with tea or supplements twice or more during the same time frame (1).
There were several reasons given why mothers provided these substances to their babies, including the following: to improve fussy, colicky, or finicky infants and to promote healthy digestion (1). For these purposes babies were given gripe water in addition to chamomile, mint, and tea products of various types (1).A warning has been issued to physicians treating infants to look for possible drug interactions with any substances provided to a baby by its mother.
It is important for mothers to provide doctors with that information.
Any tea or supplement given to a baby must be made known to medical professionals. Failure to do so may inadvertently jeopardize an infant’s health.Avoid teas containing star anise. Although traditionally used for colic treatment, a WebMD Health News Bulletin from 2004 cites possible contamination of the herb. Mixtures of Chinese star anise with the related Japanese version have resulted in neurological complications, as the latter is highly toxic (2).
Babies aged 2 to 12 months presenting signs of anise toxicity were given as little as one star to as many as six, as infrequently as once daily or as often as four times a day (2).
Unfortunately toxicity can also result from high levels of the Chinese version of the herb as well (2). In September of 2003 the FDA warned consumers to avoid star anise containing teas in general, citing evidence that 15 infants and 25 others were harmed by drinking such beverages (2).Be cautious with peppermint. According to the Sutter Medical Foundation, peppermint beverages containing high levels of methanol may cause infants to react strongly and choke (4).Chamomile tea effects limited at best, harmful at worst. In a clinical study, tea including chamomile and balm-mint was found useful in treating colic (5). The catch is that in order to be ultimately effective large quantities of the tea are required (5). The authors of the study, instead of recommending the repeated and frequent administration of chamomile-infused fluids to infants, found it much safer for parents to wait the colic out and let problems resolve themselves naturally, which normally occurs by 6 months of age (5).
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Are drugs, alcohol or cigarettes ruling your life? Have you tried quitting only to pick back up again — even though you really, really want to stop? Stop beating yourself up. You are not a failure. You’re an addict.
A healthier, craving-free life awaits you. Here are ten ideas to get you on and keep you on the road to recovery.
If I can do it, you can do it — I promise!It doesn’t matter if you’re a meth addict or a pill popper, a binge drinker or bottle hider, smoke 3 packs a day or 6 joints a day. The chances of kicking your habit on your own — and sticking with it — are slim at best. You cannot fight true addiction with willpower. It’s a physiological and psychological craving — way too strong at the cellular level to “just say no.” But you’ve already figured that out. So now what? If you have an honest, trusting relationship with your healthcare provider, mention to him/her that you’re trying to quit. Many health plans offer smoking cessation and chemical dependency programs. You’ll also want to check out how real people (who once were struggling just like you) live drug/alcohol free. Go to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. It’s free and there’s no obligation. The members will welcome you with open arms and share everything you need to know. Peer-to-peer support is incredibly powerful and effective. Chances are you didn’t develop your habit last week. Don’t expect to break it overnight, either. It takes time and patience and work. Yes, work. You need to be committed to changing yourself. If at first you don’t succeed, try something different. For some people, attending 12-Step (AA or NA) meetings is enough. Many sufferers require more help. You can try an outpatient program where you take classes to learn about addiction and yourself. These programs will drug/alcohol test you to make sure you’re not using between sessions. For some people, this level of accountability is sufficient. For others, an inpatient rehabilitation (aka “rehab”) is needed. These 30, 60 or 90-day programs immerse you in recovery. One to three months in a drug/alcohol-free environment can be a great way to jump-start your clean and sober life. If you’re trying to put down the cancer sticks, there are different schools of thought. Some people advocate going cold turkey for best results. But again, it doesn’t work for everybody. That’s why they make nicotine patches and gum! There’s even a smoker’s anonymous group. Those irresistable cravings will go away in time. To keep them at bay and keep yourself safe from relapsing into old behaviors, you’ll need to change your mindset from “addict” to “in recovery.” As you learn about the reasons behind your drinking/using, you will discover some very interesting things about yourself. And not just you, but every alcoholic/addict (which is why accepting help from others who have walked the path before you really works). Changing your attitude about drugs/alcohol/smoking is twofold. First, your relationship to your drug(s) of choice will shift. It will stop being the center of your universe. You’ll stop romancing and depending on it to get through your day. You’ll start viewing it as poison, lethal, disgusting. At the same time, your attitude about yourself and your place in the world — including what the world owes you or has or hasn’t done to/for you — will evolve. The process of giving up an addiction is actually a process of “getting.” You get a positive outlook — an outlook you likely haven’t felt since you started using… if ever. So much of recovery is about breaking routines as well as actual habits. I bet you’ve worn a groove in the route to your local liquor store or favorite bar. You know exactly where your connection lives or hangs. If you continue to go to your old haunts, you’re putting a lot of undue pressure on yourself. Why tempt fate? Take a different route home from work so you don’t pass your usual supplier. So what about your home? Obviously you’ll want to cleanse your environment of anything and everything that might be a “trigger” for relapse. It’s not uncommon for newly sober people to move from rehab into a transitional sober living situation to give themselves a stronger foundation before going “back there.” It’s usually not necessary to relocate, but it’s an option if your home environment is just too toxic.A note about smoking. Once your eyes, nose and throat become sensitized, you’ll realize what others have been complaining about. It’s a good idea to ban smoking in your home and car and seek out smoke-free environments to support your quitting.The decision to live without alcohol, drugs and smoking is a selfish one — but selfish in the best possible way. It means you are serious about taking care of yourself and your health.
It also means you are going to have some weeding out to do. Some old “friends” will naturally fall by the wayside. When the main thing you have in common with someone is getting loaded, and one of you stops getting loaded, what’s left? Nothing. If you’re used to hanging with a hard-drinking crowd, you will suddenly notice they’re not nearly as entertaining how that they’re slipping into silliness and you’re sober.
Believe it or not, some people may not support your new lifestyle. They may not like the “new you” and seek to sabotage your efforts. Many people don’t quite understand addiction and recovery and may (even innocently) offer you your old favorite (“just one drink won’t hurt you!”. Actually, it can). Such people may or may not mean well. However, you can’t let their ignorance or ulterior motives get under your skin.
Can you realistically “fire” every person from your old life? Obviously that’s impractical. But successful people in recovery naturally gravitate away from toxic old companions and replace them with a support system of clean and sober friends.So you’ve cleaned out your body and are feeling pretty good. You’ve cut ties with the old gang and made new friends to support you in your new life. That part’s all good. But, after numbing your feelings for years with drugs/alcohol, you’ve forgotten what they feel like. Re-experiencing true happiness, joy, sadness, grief, frustration — whatever it is — can be unnerving at first. Don’t worry. You’ll get used to it!Tip #5 advised you to get rid of unhealthy relationships. But there will be many relationships — family, friends, bosses, coworkers, teammates, neighbors, even strangers — for whom the opposite is true.As a clean/sober person, you get to “reinvent” yourself in the eyes of people you care about (and probably have hurt). Focus on being the best “you” you can be every day, being kind, helpful and generous. As you find yourself more engaged with other people, you’ll discover you’re much better able to deal with conflict and problems. This is definitely an area where the “selfishness” of recovery leads to becoming more selfless. Think about all the energy you used to devote to your addiction. Planning, thinking about, buying, hiding, lying, using, recovering from using. That’s a lot of wasted time and effort. Take way the alcohol, drugs and smokes and you find yourself with a lot of extra time, energy and money on your hands! I bet you once had interests that you gave up (to some degree, if not totally) because of your addiction. I bet there’s at least one dream you’d love to pursue. With a clear mind and cleansed body, clean/sober people can rise to a new level of personal excellence. It’s not uncommon to take up new hobbies, change careers or go back to school. On a daily basis, you’ll find opportunities for accomplishment where you once found frustation and failure.It’s all too easy to get trapped in guilt, shame and remorse. With all these feelings flooding back, you may be tempted to feel like a failure or a bad person. You are NOT a bad person and you are anything but a failure! You are a miracle!People overcoming addiction have escaped the clutches of a progressive, fatal illness. If you had survived cancer or a heart attack, would you beat yourself up for getting sick in the first place? Of course not.It is important to stay in touch with your body and your feelings. If you start to feel restless, unsettled or angry with no obvious provocation, try this: H.A.L.T. It means, never let yourself get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.Trust me, it’s much better to tend to these simple physical and emotional needs than to risk relapsing.Recovery is a combination of carrots and sticks. There will be days when you feel great and love life. There will be days when everything seems like a challenge to your sanity. That’s perfectly normal. You’re human!!The key to living without your former crutch(es) is to recognize that both days are good for your growth in recovery. And both days are potentially dangerous — if you don’t stay vigilant. Remember, you’re dealing with a foe that’s cunning, baffling, powerful, persuasive, and extraordinarily patient. Timeflies Tuesday: Alcohol
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Have been battling all those weight gain issues for almost everyday? Have you ever dreamed of having a nice and sexy body to flaunt with that beautiful dress at the mall? Have you been tired of hearing all those hurtful words because of your body weight? Wanna fit in that wedding dress and be a lovely bride for your hubby? Wanna tone down your body and be ready for the summer fun? Well, if your one of them, then this blog is especially made for you. I am going to share to you a true story about weight problems. A friend of mine is just like you. She has been fighting all her weight issues from the day she started to think that being on the lighter side is much better in our society. Why? Most people tend to notice you when you are pretty and skinny than plain, ordinary women. Admit it or not, having sexy body is important. So because of this, she decided to do something about it and end all those gaining weight issues and started to think on how to lose weight effectively. I asked her, what’s her beauty regimen? What made her loss weight effectively, especially nowadays that a lot of products in the market are being advertise all stating the same promise that everyone is talking about like; how to loose weight effectively or reduce weight in 7 days or weight gain be gone in 18 days. So she shares it with me and now is the time for me to share the secret with you. Here are the some of the basic steps on how to loose weight effectively: !. Make a plan for your weight loss goal. Loosing weight is not easy if you have no plans on how to achieve it. Plan it out. Buy a dairy or journal and use that as your bible and blue print of your weight loss goal. Plan as to when you will start and when you must achieve it. Then, voila, that journal will be your daily watcher as to how good or bad you did everyday. It will also serve as your daily watcher, as to what you eat that day; how heavy you are that day, etc. Just always remember that the journal is for you weight loss plan. So everthing about your goals must be jotted down in that jounal. This will keep you track of your success in your goal. 2. Of course, exercise daily for at least 30 minutes . Exercising daily is very important not just to our plan to lose weight but to our body entirely. Without exercise, our body will definitely deteriorate slowly without us even knowing it is happening. We will be surprise one day that we have some serious illness that can’t be easily cured. Exercising helps in preventing serious diseases. It also improves our body stamina, strengthens and tones our muscles, bones and ligaments; enhances flexibility and of course controls our weight. End result will be a better quality of life. So wake up every morning and put on your running shoes and exercise suit and walk or run outside. Go to the park or walk for 30 to 45 minutes in your subdivision or neighborhood and feel that sweat coming out of your body. You don’t have to do extrenuous exercise to loose weight. Walking everyday will do the magic. You may do this at night after work but do use warm clothing in order to generate heat inside your body to sweat more due to cold condition at night. 3. Eat more dark green leafy vegetables and fruits. All green leafy
vegetables are the most concentrated sources
of nutrition. Why? It helps to slow the aging process or prevent age-related illness due to the presence of Vitamin E. It will also prevent cancer because of their higher level of antioxidants. Studies shows that eating dark green leafy vegetables for three or more times a week has proven to significantly reduce the risks of stomach ulcer, colon cancer, lung and breast cancer. Not just that, Vitamin E in dark green leafy vegetables protects our skin cells from radical damage. 4. Avoid eating too much carbohydrate and choose wisely. Carbohydrates are one of the main types of food. Your liver breaks down
carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar). Your body uses this sugar for
energy for your cells, tissues and organs. They are called simple or complex, depending on how fast your
body digests and absorbs the sugar. You get simple carbohydrates from
fruits, milk products and table sugar. Complex carbohydrates include
whole grain breads and cereals, starchy vegetables and legumes. Complex
carbohydrates and some simple carbohydrates provide vitamins, minerals and fiber. Products made with refined sugar provide little nutrition. It is wise to limit these products. Why? Eating too much carbohydrates would mean too much storage of blood sugar in our body that will eventually turns into fat if this sugar was not used into energy by our body, Thus we are storing to much energy because we consume carbohydrates than what our body really needs. End result? Weight gain. 5. Control your Carbohydrate cravings or sugar cravings. So what we should do to loose weight effectively due to these excess fats stored by our body? Or how can we limit too much consumption of carbohydrates? Do you binge eating when it comes to your food addiction? or sugar addiction?  Honestly speaking, the best answer, is self discipline. You have to control yourself.How? Find the root cause of those food cravings? According to studies, one of the main reason to too much cravings is emotional eating. Yes, depression triggers our senses to eat sweet foods like chocolate, candy, etc. Another is self-discipline because eating too much carbohydrates, especially the bad ones, will make you gain weight fast. But how can we do this if it is really hard to control especially when we crave for sweet cakes, pasta, cookies, pastries, etc? (These are my questions to my friend.) Find a natural supplement to control your cravings or natural substitute for your carbohydrate or sweets cravings. (My friend reveals her secret, the product made from natural ingredients that help her control her cravings.) 6. Drink a lot of H2O or water daily. Always known that our body is composed of 70% water. Our body uses water to cushion our body joints. It also removes the toxins in our body that we daily intake and ingest in the air. It also acts as the delivery agent for oxygen and nutrients throughout the cells in our body. Helps regulate body temperature and prevents blood pressure from dropping to critical levels, lowers incidence of UTIs or urinary tract infections, stimulates the immune system and a lot more to mention. Hence, drink at least 3 liters per day of water always. 7. Always remember your primary goal. Nothing will make you achieve your desired goal if you always forget about it. Then how will you be able to remember your goals then? Goal setting is the answer for your success, Always set your mind for your desired goals. How? Write your weight target pounds in a stick on notes. Then stick it on places in your house that you mostly go to like in the refrigerators, furniture or couch, lamp shades, side table or laptop desk. Thus, this will always remind you. You know you’re in Saint Kitts when most fellow pedestrians greet you with “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon,” at the appropriate time of day. It’s their friendly manner of recognizing you and demonstrating their courtesy. Whether the citizens are your age, older or younger, they’re talking to you—don’t look around. The occasional exception may walk by without greeting you, but he or she stands a chance of being chided by a concerned citizen.
“You’ll also hear “good morning” or “good afternoon” by people boarding the bus, entering an office, joining the queue at the bank or at the grocery checkout counter.
Practice the greeting when you visit. It will make it easy to strike up a conversation and ask questions or simply get an opportunity to enjoy the dialect. If you don’t want to be bothered, there will be no penalty but why not exchange a greeting that will make you smile whenever you remember it?Thank God for ATMs! They offer twenty-four hour service on the island. However if you must carry out your transaction in the lobby, know that regular banking hours are: Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Banks are closed to the public on Saturdays.
The unofficial reason given for the short weekday hours is that bankers want to justify their ledgers early enough to join their working counterparts at the beach. You see, in Saint Kitts walking on the beach or wading in the water is not limited to the weekend. Some people schedule beach activities at the end of the work day twice or three times a week. Sounds good to me!
The buses are not the metropolitan-type 100 plus passenger carriers. They are vans and mini vans with the capacity of about 15 passengers. Most of them have some form of fancy, artistic decoration on the front.
Obviously, there are no turnstiles to pass through with your bus fare. Before you board, you stretch your hand over the passenger in the front seat and pay the driver. FoCOFEE ART
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Tribute to Beer – An Amazing Beverage

When shopping for beer, the terms “ale” and “lager” are often heard, but rarely explained. The small print may denote ale or lager, but what does it mean to the consumer? There will be simple differences in color, taste, alcohol content, and the like. I will explain these later, but first you must understand that these are rooted in hundreds of years of brewing tradition. We can reduce the difference to one word: yeast. This sets off a series of changes in brewing style, taste choices, alcohol content, and much more.
“Lagers” are nearly ubiquitous in most markets nowadays, but most are not good examples of their respective styles. Do not let Budweiser, Miller, Coors, or whichever mainstream brewer that calls their product a lager or ale define those styles; those are mass-produced and designed to be as inoffensive to a novice drinker as possible. More representative lagers and ales will be brewed with more craftsmanship and have more flavor, body, etc.We now understand “beer” to refer to all of these fermented barley drinks which include ales and lagers. Originally, however, ale was used as a means to describe a less bitter barley drink than what was being called beer. In fact, it was a term that referred to a drink that didn’t have hops or any bittering agents. Beers were the hopped variety that came from outside of England. Since, though, it has come to be a catch-all for all beers brewed with top-fermentation, which all English beers were at that time.. Note: I do not have a British/English bias, we are simply talking about English language terms and they are (not surprisingly) rooted in England.
Ales date back to medieval times in England, when the alcohol in beers and the warm temperatures used in the ale brewing process warded off many pathogens that were killing people en masse.
The definition of ale as we know it was not truly solidified until American homebrewers in the 1980s began dividing all beer recipes into “ale” or “lager” based on their yeast. Before then, there had been significant evolution in the term “ale” and its relationship with beer.At this point in time, the main distinguishing factor between ales and lagers is their yeast and thus fermentation method. Ales are brewed with top-fermentation, a much older style of brewing than the lager equivalent.
The fermentation process occurs near the end of the brewing process, after the barley has been malted, mashed, and has hops added. It is at this point that yeast is added to ferment the beer, where alcohol and carbon dioxide are made as well as subtler components that may add flavor, depending on the type of yeast. The carbon dioxide makes the beer carbonated and the alcohol makes it illegal for those under 21.
Top-fermentation, also known as warm-fermentation, is so-named because the yeast’s foam rises to the top of the mixture. The brewers’ yeast used in ales ferments at relatively high temperatures, which is where we get the second name.
This method can yield higher alcohol levels and since it is not the most efficient at fermenting sugars, ales have the capacity to be sweeter and smoother than lagers.Lagers come from a different type of yeast than ales and came about centuries later than ales. The lager yeast strain is a hybrid of two other yeast strains. Some say that the first lagers may have been the product of accident more than anything else. Brewers making beer in cooler conditions did not yet know the science behind fermentation, so they did not know that lager yeasts were fermenting at lower temperatures even when they were attempting to make ales. In the mid 1850s, brewers began using these methods by design and now 9 out of 10 beers consumed in the world are lagers.
Lager yeast ferments at a relatively low temperature and does so slowly. In German, “lager” means storage. The slow fermentation process requires lengthy lagering to finish the brewing process, which takes at least several weeks, in which undesirable flavors and aromas are changed by the yeast. With no foam rising to the top of maturing beer, the style became known as bottom-fermentation. Cold-fermentation, an alternate name for this process, likewise refers to the relative temperatures at which fermentation occurs.
Because of how lengthy and thorough the lagering process is, lagers are generally less complex than ales. This is not a bad thing by any stretch, as complexity is not always better. Lagers are often described a “smooth” or “clean,” an effect of the lagering process. Lagers can be broken down into “helles” lagers and “dunkels,” meaning light and dark. There are other sub-types, but they start from there.
Presently, most mass-produced beers are lagers and employ adjuncts, usually rice or corn. Rice and corn are cheaper than barley and lighten the body and flavor and can cheaply increase alcohol content. Most beer connoisseurs do not look fondly upon “adjunct lagers,” as they generally have little taste and have flooded the market with very similar beers that advertise as if they are not similar. To evaluate lagers, it would be best to try some that are not made with adjuncts.
There can be considerable differences among both ales and lagers, so it is not especially productive to reduce them to particular characteristics. The only consistent difference will be the strain of yeast, though even that line is becoming blurred.
Check the ingredients on both ales and lagers to be sure that adjuncts have not been added to cheapen production and water down flavor. The best lagers will often be crisp, smooth, and simple whether they are light or dark.
Ales can vary even more broadly, from pale ales to stouts. Nonetheless, ales almost always shoot for greater complexity.
Any beer lover will enjoy both styles very much, but experience will help most with learning what to expect from each type of brew.My partner David loves to collect all things Italian – including anything and everything with a Peroni Beer logo on it!
His Peroni beer hobby and collection has inspired me to create this gift guide for other Peroni enthusiasts and collectors. Whether you’re looking for Peroni glassware, Peroni clothing, Peroni kitchen accessories or even wall art related to Peroni, hopefully you’ll find what you’re looking for on this page! I’ve also included a number of photos from our personal collection so you can see some of the unique Peroni merchandise we’ve acquired through the years….The Peroni Brewery (Birra Peroni) was founded in 1846 in Lombardia, Italy. Giovanni Peroni moved the company to Rome in 1864, and has since grown into one of Italy’s most prominent breweries. Indeed, as someone in another country to name an Italian beer and very likely the first name they will think of is “Peroni”.
Although there are several brands of beer produced under the Peroni label, there are two that are the most popular and well-known worldwide. Nastro Azzurro (“Blue Ribbon”) is their premier lager brand, and it is a 5.1% alcohol by volume pale lager. Peroni is the company’s original brand, a 4.7% alcohol by volume pale lager made with barley malt, maize, hop pellets and hop extract.
To learn more about Peroni, please check out these links:
* Peroni.It – the official Peroni website.
* Peroni Brewery (Wikipedia)We have a lot of these glasses and they are just great – and not only for serving and enjoying beer! They are fun and comfortable glasses for iced sodas and water, even fun cocktails with their sleek design and Peroni artwork. EBay is where we bought all of ours, so why not get some for yourself now too?Show off your love for Peroni with these fabulous clothing items and accessories. I’ve stolen nearly all of my sweetie’s Peroni t-shirts as they are so comfy, soft and well made. We also have Peroni sunglasses and scarves, but I’d love one of the Peroni jackets I’ve seen advertised on eBay! You never know what might be currently listed for sale…Beer mats, bottle openers, cool caps and more. Sometimes you can find a real bargain on a cool collectible item.There are all kinds of collectibles you can find – great items for entertaining or if you have a home bar you want to give an Italian touch.Talk about a surprise gift for the beer lover!As I recall, I first learned about Beer Lao from a T-Shirt. While walking around one day at my Buddhist Temple fair grounds during a festival, I spotted a Lao guy not much younger than me walking around sporting a white T-Shirt with green shortsleeves and the now popularized Beer Lao logo on his chest. My first thought was, Wow, what a cool shirt and my second was, Wow, what the heck is Beer Lao? Right away I became interested. I was almost embarassed that I didn’t know, because if my country of birth had in fact created a beer, why don’t I know about it? I love beer and I love Laos, so why wasn’t I made aware of the fact that there is now a beer from Laos that I can drink? I practically walked up to the guy and grabbed him by the shirt collar and inteitchyworms beer lyrics
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