Cosmopolitan Magazine recently published an article titled “The Deadly Drinking Mistake Smart Girls Make.” After reading it, I was deeply disturbed about an increasing trend taking the lives of young women around America. Many people realize the dangers of drinking alcohol- car accidents, alcohol poisoning- but what many (including myself) did not realize is the danger of one’s blood alcohol content (BAC) becoming too high.
Cosmo opened the story with 19 year old Laura Treanor, a sophomore at the George Washington University in DC. Treanor went out with friends one night to celebrate Barack Obama becoming president, where she indulged in a few drinks. (The exact amount was not known.) Security cameras outside the campus residence hall shows Treanor searching for her keys just after 2 a.m. The next morning, Laura was found dead in her bed.
Amanda Jax was celebrating her 21st birthday. The Minnesota State student started by drinking beer at a friend’s apartment, then moved on to a bar. There, Jax indulged in an eye-popping number of drinks in a short period of time- more beer, a shot of whiskey, and shot of rum, three more shots of hard liquor, a shared pitcher of Long Island iced tea (which equal out to be 12 shots of booze) and a cherry bomb (cherry vodka mixed with an energy drink)- all under two hours.
Amanda Jax later passed out at a friend’s house, and was found dead in the morning.
Why did these two young girls die after a night of drinking? The reason many surprise you. Each girl was found with dangerously high blood alcohol content’s – Laura Treanor’s was at 0.29- more than three and a half times the legal limit for driving- and Amanda Jax’s was at a staggering 0.46- almost six times the legal driving limit. Both girls had something in common- neither were heavy drinkers. And you don’t need to be an experienced drinker to succumb to this deadly happening- it is actually usually the opposite. Inexperienced drinkers often do not realize the warning signs that the body is producing after consuming too much alcohol, so they do not know it is time to stop. What happens is that they will get acute blood alcohol poisoning- and that often leads to death. Too much alcohol in the blood can prompt a complete shutdown of the respiratory center in the lower brainstem (Cosmopolitan magazine, November, pg. 167).What happens next is that the person will slip into a coma and stop breathing. Once that happens, there is about six minutes before the lack of oxygen to the brain leads to the breakdown of the body systems and will cause permanent neurological damage. Soon after that, the heart stops, and death occurs.
Cosmopolitan Magazine listed many ways to make sure women are drinking safely. Share these with your friends to keep yourself and others safe when you go out.
For the lowest risk, try to keep your intake to no more than two drinks in once day and no more than seven over the course of the week.
If you plan to have more than one, nurse each 12 ounce beer, 5 ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor in a cocktail for one hour.
Try alternating water, soda, or juice with alcoholic drinks to slow yourself down.
Water down mixed drinks with ice, and avoid shots- they are almost impossible to nurse.
Never drink on an empty stomach. Eat before you hit the bar to slow the rate at which alcohol passes into your bloodstream.
Visit Cosmopolitan.com for more health tips and to read the full article.
Tiger Woods has released a statement involving his car accident that happened on Friday. This is the first we are hearing from Woods about the accident. So far, Woods and his wife Elin have turned away police three times. Alcohol has been ruled out as a factor. It was reported that Elin was the first one on the scene, and she broke out the back window of Woods Escalade with a golf club to pull her husband out.
The following statement can be found on his website. “As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I’m pretty sore.
This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again.
This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.
The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.
This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.”
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Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal have ended their relationship, a source close to the couple is claiming to People.com. No further details have been released on why the couple split, or who initiated the breakup. But, Usmagazine is coming back saying this story is untrue. A rep for the actress tells the magazine, “It’s not true. They have not split.”
Witherspoon, 33, and Gyllenhaal, 28, were first rumored to be a couple back in 2007, where they co-starred in the movie Rendition. That fall, Witherspoon gave an interview to Vogue, saying how supportive Gyllenhaal was and how lucky she was to have him in her life. And just last month, Witherspoon gave another interview to InStyle about her relationship, talking about how they spend much time outside of L.A. at her farmhouse.
Reese Witherspoon divorced Ryan Phillippe after seven years of marriage and two children- Ava, 10, and Deacon, 6.
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Heidi Klum and husband Seal are showing off their latest addition. Daughter Lou Sulola Samuel, born October 9th is making her photo debut on Seal’s official website. The four photos show the adorable baby girl with a bare faced Klum, with the three other children, and in her father’s arms.
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Secrets of the Hollywood Girls Club is an extreme eye opener of what the Hollywood scene is all about. Narrator and leading publicist Kiki Dee leads us through the lives of four friends trying to stay on top of their Hollywood game. Actress Celeste Solange is trying desperately to maintain her youthful face, even when it means going under the knife. But the real fact she is trying to hide is her kinky sex tape made with ex husband before it is leaked to the internet and her devoted fans find out she isn’t as sweet and innocent as her persona seems- and before her husband and Worldwide Pictures exec Ted Robinoff realizes it exists. Mary Anne Meyers, the naive screenwriter from Minnesota, is attempting to begin a relationship with the delicious actor Holden Humphrey, but him being forced to act opposite is mentally unstable ex-girlfriend is causing cracks in the blossoming relationship. Lydia Albright, producer and new president to Worldwide Pictures knows about Celeste’s sex tape and how important it is to keep the secret, ensuring the longevity of Celeste’s career and the multimillion dollars her company has invested in the actress. And agent Jessica Caulfield-Fox is trying to help all her friends avoid a scandal, all while trying to juggle her new role as producer/manager/wife/mother.
The four friends stick together, but end up putting all their careers on the line to try to keep the sex tape under wraps. But publicist Kiki Dee has just stumbled upon a very large secret, something so huge, so extreme, that it would throw all of Hollywood into a tailspin. But can she prove it? And can the friends manage to keep their secrets, careers, and personal lives in check throughout the whole ordeal?
Secrets of the Hollywood Girls Club by Maggie Marr will keep anyone on their toes, constantly flipping pages in hopes of uncovering all the dirty secrets the power players of Hollywood keep. If you love the celebrity world, this book is a must for your list!
SqueezeItIn.com: Bag Some Biceps
No time to exercise? That excuse is gone forever with SqueezeItIn.com - the website that teaches you to “let life be your workout!” Founders Jenny Hein and Brigette Polmar are trying to change the way you think about fitness and challenging you to Squeeze It In with clever and effective exercises you can fit into your daily routine. We’ll be posting regular tips from SqueezeItIn.com, like this one that will have you looking forward to putting away the dishes.
From Jenny & Brigette – The SqueezeItIn.com Girls:
This exercise is so easy, effective, and popular, we made it our logo! Why stop to lift weights when you’re already lifting groceries? This multitasker puts great arms in the bag!
Holding one grocery bag in each hand (choose bags that are roughly of equal weight and aren’t too heavy, approximately 5 – 10 pounds each to start) begin with arms down at your sides and palms facing upward grasping the handles. Bend elbows and lifts bags to your shoulders, while keeping elbows tightly to your sides. Slowly return to the starting position. Lift both bags at once or alternate, lifting one bag at a time. Continue for two sets of twelve.
Lower Slower: Lift bags as above, but lower bags SLOWLY to a 3-count of SQUEEZE-IT-IN.
Partial Curl: (See photo.) Start with arms at your sides and raise bags only halfway until arms are bent at a 90-degree angle. Slowly lower back to starting position.
Hammer Curls: Change hand position and hold bags with palms facing inward as if holding a hammer. Raise and lower bags with palms facing inward and thumbs pointing at shoulders.
Visit SqueezeItIn.com every week for new exercise videos and nutrition tips.
Just Released: The SqueezeItIn.com Workout DVD, featuring an exclusive 30-minute workout along with dozens of SqueezeItIn.com moves you can use throughout your busy day.
Jenny Hein and Brigette Polmar co-founded SqueezeItIn.com as a wellness solution to help busy people find time to exercise, improve their lives, and “let life be their workout!”
Please Note: You should consult your physician before starting this or any exercise program.
Tiger Woods, champion golfer, was hospitalized after crashing his car early Friday morning. People.com reports that Woods, 33, was leaving is house in Orlando, Florida around 2:25 a.m. when he crashed his 2009 Escalade into a fire hydrant, then into a tree on a neighbor’s property. He was taken to a nearby hospital, and hospital officials said he was no longer a patient by 2 pm.
The patrol said that alcohol did not seem to be a factor in the crash, but it will remain under investigation. Woods was alone in the car.
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I recently wrote an article about the great workout you can get from belly dancing. Now, Shape Magazine has come up with many other great dance routines that are not only fun to do, but can help sculpt your body at the same time. Dancing has become a big interest with women across America due to the popularity of the ABC show Dancing With the Stars. Many gyms and other fitness areas are offering more dance classes, making learning even easier! Shape.com posted five popular dances (salsa, hip hop, samba, swing, and the paso doble) and broke down the steps that will target the key body areas women want to shape and tone. Check out that article, rent the dance DVD’s, or take up a new class at your local gym and have fun!
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Another hot style for this holiday season? Big, beautiful hair! But what is the secret to getting your hair to curl properly and stay put during the parties? The first weapon is having the proper tool. Usmagazine recommends the T3 EverTwirl Curling Iron, which uses the same technology as a flatiron to increase curl longevity. To begin, while your hair is wet make a side part, and apply a volumizing mousse. Then begin blow drying your hair, brushing through the strands with a round brush to help get hair smooth and shiny. Once hair is dry, wrap small sections around the barrel of the curling iron. Pin each curl up and let sit for 10 minutes. Spray with hairspray and unpin. To get a more natural look, run your fingers through the curls.
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And the coveted mirror ball trophy goes to…..Donny Osmond!! The entertainment legend, 51, beat out dancing queen Mya and fan favorite Kelly Osbourne on Tuesday’s Dancing With the Stars finale. After Osmond and his partner, the Australian Kym Johnson, were announced as Season 9 winners, he rushed over to embrace wife Debbie, who was in attendance. “That was so special for me to have Kym on my right and Debbie on my left. What a night,” Osmond told People.com. After the interviews are over, Osmond and his family plan to vacation in Hawaii. I think we can all agree that the oldest winner of Dancing With the Stars deserves a break.
The results show didn’t run too smoothly though. There was a small fire that sparked on the stage, and a tarp covering the orchestra pit caught on fire. There were also technical glitches, such as a video recap of Monday night’s performance that kept freezing, forcing host Tom Bergeron to cut to commercial then replay the clip. Osmond took to the stage as a singer, performing his 1970’s hit “Puppy Love” while Chelsie Hightower and former partner Louie Vito danced, but his microphone did not work for the first lines. Everyone got through the 2 hour live show, and I think all Dancing fans are eager for Season 10 to arrive.
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