Where the kissing event happens, just not during the day. (rolfkleef/Flickr)
I’ve lived in the Bay Area for more than 20 years, but somehow missed this tradition at Stanford: Full Moon on the Quad.
As the New York Times reported Friday it’s “an event unique in American education: an orgy of interclass kissing reluctantly but officially sanctioned by the university.”
How you respond to this might depend on your age.
My initial reaction was “ewwww!” But a (younger) colleague asked, “Is it horrible to confess to you: I’d probably join in?!?!”
The event was held last week, on Oct. 22. With thousands of students milling around waiting, the Times described what happened next:
Finally, a male senior saunters over to a group of the youngest-looking women and asks: “Hey! You freshmen? Can I kiss you?” Continue reading
The Centers for Disease Control defines binge drinking in women as 4 or more drinks during one occasion. (Getty Images)
Over on Facebook, the group Moms Who Need Wine has more than 660,000 likes. While most of the posts there seem pretty darn cheerful, they point to a darker reality. Alcohol abuse in women is on the rise. And a specific problem for them is binge drinking, as the Centers for Disease Control reported earlier this year.
In the report, the CDC found that 1 in 8 women over age 18 — that’s 14 million women — binge drink about three times a month. Binge drinking is defined as four or more alcoholic beverages in a two to three hour period. One in 5 high school girls binge drink.
Dr. Bob Brewer who leads the Alcohol Program at the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention framed the public health costs of alcohol consumption for a KQED Forum audience recently. It’s the third leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., with an estimated 80,000 deaths and 2.3 million years of life lost every year linked to excess drinking, he said.
But within that excess drinking, it’s the binge drinking that is really taking a toll. “We know that binge drinking is by far the most common pattern of excessive drinking in the United States,” he said, responsible for half of those 80,000 deaths. Continue reading