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One in five people over 65 drinks too much

One in five people over 65 drinks too much

While excessive drinking is usually associated with teens and young adults, alcoholism is a growing health concern for all age groups, particularly among the elderly. A new study conducted by King’s College of London has uncovered that people over the age of 65 are at a heightened risk of unsafe drinking habits. This eye-opening new study has the potential to change the way we see and treat alcoholism.

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The difference between malt liquor and beer

The difference between malt liquor and beer

Malt liquor is a carbonated alcoholic beverage that is similar to beer, but stronger. Typically served in large containers, the beverage is heavily associated with binge drinking, especially among the young and the poor. Malt liquor is known by a number of telling nicknames, such as “liquid crack,” “ghetto juice,” “crazy juice” and “death in a bottle.” Understanding the difference between malt liquor and beer can help people make more intelligent decisions about drinking and avoid serious risks to their health.

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Why is the minimum drinking age 21?

Why is the minimum drinking age 21?

Many people have wondered why the national minimum drinking age is set at 21 years in the United States. Young Americans are able to drive, own a firearm and even serve in the military before they can legally purchase an alcoholic beverage. While this contrast might seem counterintuitive, our nation’s high minimum drinking age helps save thousands of lives each year.

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