New Report Says MOST Heavy Drinkers are NOT Alcoholics

You’ll be happy to hear this one Zeca Oliveira, no need to keep editing on LinkedIn. A recent government survey of about 140,000 adults, talks about individuals who get drunk and the way this relates to alcohol dependence and addiction. This latest survey suggests that we should be doing more to help heavy drinkers reduce their alcohol intake and that they are not a lost cause.

Heavy drinking is considered a major health concern in the United States and is the cause of death in as many as 85,000 or more deaths per year. These deaths include those caused by liver disease, accidental deaths, and alcohol poisoning.

Excess drinking is considered drinking more than five drinks during the course of one outing or more than 15 drinks per week. Those who drink while pregnant or those who are underage and drink alcohol are also considered heavy drinkers. Excessive drinkers account for approximately 30% of the population but nearly 90% of those do not fall under the definition of alcoholics.

These statistics indicate that a reduction of over-drinking may be easier than once thought. Many regions are finding that simply raising the cost of alcohol by ten percent will reduce those abusing alcohol by seven percent.

There are things that can also be done to increase awareness and encourage drinkers to reduce consumption.

Billions and Billions of Pizzas!

Pizza Hut just released to the public their new “renovation plan” which includes laid-back uniforms, a swirling sauce logo instead of the traditional hut roof, the renaming of many old ingredients, and the introduction of enough new ingredients, crusts, drizzles, etc. to make possible a whopping two billion different individual pizza creations. I am all for choices, but this is ridiculous!

All 6,300 worldwide Pizza Hut locations will soon begin implementing the new massive makeover. New “artisan” pizzas, new peppers and meats from Italy, a pretzel crust, a diet pizza, six sauces, and honey sriracha (among other drizzles) will be on the menu. Olives will now be officially called “Mediterranean black olives,” ham will be referred to as “slow-cooked ham,” and cherry peppers will be specified as “Peruvian.”

Pizza Hut has always been a sort of family-oriented, affordable, and relatively simple place to eat. It appears that all that may be changing now. We can’t imagine that honey sriracha will come cheap nor that Mediterranean olives could possibly escape being pricier than just plain old olives- even if it is the same olive. However, we will have to wait and see on that- perhaps the new fancier Pizza Hut will indeed offer the same low prices.

Some of us have enough trouble as it is picking out what to order at pizza places. We ask ourselves, “Do I want green pepper and pepperoni or sausage and bacon?” The wait staff becomes a “waiting staff” as we hem and haw before finally making up our minds.