New report explores Canadian drinking habits

The Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) recently released a report which explores statistics on deaths and injuries related to alcohol in Canada. The report says about 56,6000 Canadians were hospitalized with a condition entirely caused by alcohol in 2015-16. The report also reveals that high rates of heavy drinking and harm are dependent on a where you live in Canada, your sex, age, and the economic status of your neighbourhood. The CIHI found that Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories have the highest rates of alcohol sales and heavy drinking. Provinces in the west also have higher hospitalization rates from alcohol than the east, while all three territories (Nunavut, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories), have […]

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Q + A: Cole Miller of Twelve Barrels Whisky

At 16, Carleton cognitive science student Cole Miller began brewing his own wine underneath his bed. After his parents caught him, he took his operations outside, and began to produce beer and eventually, whisky. Now the 21-year-old is running his own business, Twelve Barrels, and he appeared on an episode of CBC’s Dragons Den that aired last week. The Charlatan spoke to Miller about his experience with brewing, his business experience, and his time in the Den. The Charlatan (TC): On the show, you said you were making wine when you were 16 years old. What inspired you to do that, and how did you figure out how to make wine at that age? Cole Miller (CM): What got me […]

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Carleton limits frats and sororities’ presence on campus

Fraternities and sororities are now allowed to table and fundraise in the University Centre (UC) Atrium and Residence Commons as long as they are not wearing their Greek letters, following an initial ban in September. Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president Fahd Alhattab said Greek organizations can continue their philanthropy work, but will not be able to wear their letters while doing so. This means these organizations will not be able to distinguish themselves from other Carleton students using the space. This decision followed Carleton’s ban on tabling for Greek organizations, on the grounds that they are exclusionary to non-members, according to Jen Sugar, director of student affairs. “Carleton does not recognize fraternities and sororities,” she said via email. “Given […]

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Letter: Binge drinking is a cultural problem for Canadians

On-campus organizations like CU Don’t Know that raise awareness for the dangers of drinking serve as a small reminder for an otherwise far larger issue. Binge drinking as a phenomenon is certainly nothing new, yet its impact can be seen anywhere from media representation to bars catering to a binge-oriented clientele. Lowering the drinking age alone won’t solve the issue of binge-drinking. Neither will less exposure in movies. Rather, we should appreciate and learn from a Latin European model which imparts, from a young age, a culturally responsible approach to alcohol and its consumption. Culturally, alcohol is portrayed as a taboo in most North American households, which, in conjunction with higher-than-average drinking ages, generates desire stemming from alcohol’s forbidden nature. […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Choosing the right munchies after drinking

Most of us believe having a substantial meal before a night of drinking justifies eating a pizza at 2 a.m. As much as we’d like it to be, this isn’t quite true. Everyone knows drinking on an empty stomach isn’t the healthiest option, but sometimes eating the wrong foods isn’t much better. We’re often told not to drink on an empty stomach because it causes alcohol to go right to the bloodstream, thus the more you drink the more your blood alcohol level increases. According to Rosalind Breslow from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, having food in your stomach will help slow the alcohol absorbing. So the question remains: If a substantial meal before drinking doesn’t justify […]

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