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In last week’s NY Times Dining & Wine section, one columnist struggles with whether or not to allow his teenage son to drink at home – which would hopefully stop him from binging outside the home. Initially he imagined himself as a cool Euro-styled vittner, exposing his son to the joys of a fine glass of the grape stuff over dinner. Presumably, while his teenage son eloquently expounds on the difficulties of growing up in today’s media-saturated world, clearly enunciates his wants and needs, professes respect for the wondrous changes his and his classmates’ bodies are undergoing, and respectfully solicits advice from his parents.

Or, something. That’s all beside the point. I actually want to share a fact that he found in his ponderings:

I found ample evidence of the dangers of abusive drinking. Recent studies have shown that heavy drinking does more damage to the teenage brain than previously suspected, while the part of the brain responsible for judgment is not even fully formed until the age of 25.

“If we were to argue that responsible drinking requires a responsible brain, theoretically we wouldn’t introduce alcohol until 25,” said Dr. Ralph I. Lopez, a clinical professor of pediatrics at Weill-Cornell Medical College who specializes in adolescents.

Huh! I don’t know about you, but as someone who is approaching the quarter-century mark, that is a huge relief. You know? I’ve felt like I had an unformed brain of a baby, but it’s reassuring for a doctor to confirm the fact for me.

Last Saturday night (morning) when I was blackout drunk and calling the director of All Things Considered (yes, that All Things Considered. for real.) John Whitey Whitey Whitey (this is not, in fact, his name)… my judgment was called into question.

But it wasn’t my fault! My judgment mindgrapes aren’t fully formed. Phew!!! What a relief.

The columnist, who is presumably well over 25, arrives at this conclusion:

Although the issue is not settled in my household, my cautious opinion now is that my teenage sons have more to gain than to lose by having a taste of wine now and then with dinner. By taste, I mean just that: a couple of sips, perhaps, not a full glass, and decidedly not for any of their friends, whose own parents must make their own decisions.

The years between ages 15 and 25 are dangerous straits, and it doesn’t help to know that alcohol is associated with many of the hazards young adults face. Finding that sweet spot between sanctimony and self-centered frivolity is a parent’s job. I think I’m there, but it’s not quite comfortable.

Um? Does anyone ACTUALLY think that a 25 year-old should still be actively parented? That it is a parent’s job to make ANY decisions for a 25 year-old?

Oh, btw Mom and Dad… it’s totally your own fault that NPR is going to deny your membership next time around. Shouldn’t have let me have that wine with dinner. For shame.

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This just in: Lindsay Lohan to “Work in Morgue As Punishment.” According to the New York Times, “The 21-year-old actress will soon be working at a morgue as part of her punishment for misdemeanor drunken driving…Her two four-hour days at the morgue are part of a court-ordered program to show drivers the real-life consequences of drinking and driving. She must also spend two days working in a hospital emergency room.”

Details are scant in regards to what her actual duties will be, but speculation leads me to think that she will be responsible for cleaning/tidying up both the morgue and ER. As a metaphor of how she needs to “clean/tidy up” her act. But who really knows? It seemed, from the trailers, that she spent a lot of time in a hospital ER for the movie “I Know Who Killed Me” so perhaps she has some former experience in that field I’m just not aware of, and hence will be given more challenging projects.

Whatever the case maybe, I’m sure Lindsay will take her punishment very seriously. How could she not? I know her 84 minute jail sentence didn’t exactly straighten her out like we thought it would, but I feel this particular sentence might be just what she needs. I’m betting that if she doesn’t show up to her first day of work drunk, good things will come of this.

Lindsay’s finest moment.

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Papa Pizappas tipped me off to this NY Times post reviewing the health benefits of our stinky friend Garlic.

Besides helping to keep away vampires, it also helps your body make more hydrogen sulfide. Too much can kill you, but a smaller amount in your body acts as an antioxidant and increases blood flow.

When something has antioxidant properties it means that it helps get rid of these things called “free radicals” that float around inside you. No, not those guys! Free radicals are molecules with leftover bits – unpaired electrons and stuff like that – that make them more reactive and unpredictable than other molecules. Like crazy Uncle Viktor a few moscow mules to the wind. Antioxidants act like soothing Aunt Hazel, diverting Uncle Viktor with shiny toys, mini gherkins, and the chance to practice his harmonica in front of the grand-babies. (high school science teachers among you, feel free to steal this analogy to help your classes understand this important concept) Free radicals are strongly linked to many kinds of cancer, and might also contribute to Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, and other things that we don’t want to get. Antioxidants stop free radicals dead in their tracks and sort of neutralizes them. Make them unthreatening.

Right, so now that we know what antioxidant properties are good for, turns out we get them in garlic!

And the take away message that I got from the Times that I wanted to share with you all is that the healthy stuff that garlic does is greatly enhanced if, after you cut or mash it, you let it sit for 15 minutes before cooking. Give it a shot. If you still don’t have a serious illness in 50 years, you’ll have me to thank. Hover-dollars will be fine, thanks.

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In the last few months, bottled water — generally considered a benign, even beneficial, product — has been increasingly portrayed as an environmental villain by city leaders, activist groups and the media. The argument centers not on water, but oil. It takes 1.5 million barrels a year just to make the plastic water bottles Americans use, according to the Earth Policy Institute in Washington, plus countless barrels to transport it from as far as Fiji and refrigerate it.

This is very true. And although when asked this morning if there was anything I wanted from the deli next door, I responded with, “Yeah, could you get me a bottle of water? Like, the biggest one you can find?” (Literally.) That doesn’t mean I don’t agree with this article— it means my work water cooler is broken. But that’s no excuse. No one needs a 1.5L bottle of water at their desk. It’s unnecessary. And sort of embarrassing.

So learn from my mistake and carry around your own water, peeps. Or drink from the nearest water fountain.


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