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Study looks at accidents,
role of five beer brands

Nationwide, roughly a third of all visits to emergency rooms for injuries are alcohol related. Now a new study suggests that certain beverages may be more likely to be involved than others.

The study, carried out over a year at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, found that five beer brands were consumed most often by people who ended up in the emergency room: Budweiser, Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice and Bud Light.

Three of the brands are malt liquors, which typically contain more alcohol than regular beer. Four malt liquors accounted for nearly half of the beer consumption by emergency room patients, even though they account for less than 3 percent of beer consumption in the general population.

Previous studies have found that alcohol frequently plays a role in emergency room admissions, especially those stemming from car accidents, falls, homicides and drownings, said the lead author of the study, David H. Jernigan of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jernigan said that the breakdown of liquor consumption in the study may be particular to Baltimore, and that he and his colleagues are hoping to study other cities as well. The findings could have policy implications, potentially influencing labeling requirements and marketing for higher-alcohol beers, Jernigan said.

— Anahad O’Connor

New York Times

Hints from Heloise:

Bring solar lights inside
if electrical power lost

E.K. in Statesville, N.C. writes: During a recent terrible wind- and rainstorm, I lost all the electrical power to my home. I started checking the flashlights and lanterns. I thought, Why not use the solar lights out by the walk? They’ll furnish light all night for the bathrooms and stairs. I brought four in, wrapped their stakes with paper towels and stood them up in tall drinking glasses. They shined brightly all night.

A Reader writes via email: Whenever serving hot dishes, I first fill the serving bowls with hot water to warm them up so that the hot food doesn’t cool down in a cold bowl.

— King Features

Survey explores how long
kids should stay at home

How long is too long for adult children to remain at home before they are pushed out to fend for themselves?

According to a new Coldwell Banker survey of more than 2,000 adults, the answer depends on whether the responder is 55 or older or is a millennial age 18 to 34.

The survey found that for parents 55 and older, it’s okay for adult children to live at home for up to three years. Millennial parents, however, say adult kids should be able to remain in the nest for as long as five years.

For children who have gone off to college and returned home, the millennial parents say they should be able to stay home for six years. For parents 55 and older, however, they should be out of the house within four years.

Psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig, who helped Coldwell Banker conduct the study, said that unlike many baby boomers, millennials are in less of a rush to strike out on their own given the economy, the employment situation, the cost of living and the mountain of student debt they’ve accumulated.

— Christopher Seward

Atlanta Journal-Constitution


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