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This is what college students say would get them to drink less

Binge drinking is a major problem on U.S. college campuses. An estimated 40 percent of students engage it in regularly, despite the numerous negative consequences. So how do you get college students to stop drinking? Convince them that giving up the booze will help their grades, relationships and improve their health, one study showed. The findings were recently published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association. Researchers surveyed nearly 300 college students over the age of 18 and asked them to report any binge drinking they had participated in during the past 30 days (September 2017), and then followed up with the same inquiry three weeks later. The students were asked about their willingness to initiate and participate in healthier drinking habits, as well as what factors they deemed necessary for a successful change. Lead researcher Dr. Manoj Sharma, professor of behavioral health at Jackson State University, said in a press release by the American Osteopathic…

Starbucks to open first U.S. store for the deaf community

Two years ago Starbucks opened its very first Signing Store — a location in Malaysia that was designed specifically to employ and make ordering coffering easier for people with hearing impairment. Starbucks recently announced plans to open its first U.S. Signing Store in Washington D.C. this October. An estimated 28 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, according to The National Center for Health Statistic. About 2 million of those people are classified as being deaf, meaning they can’t hear everyday sounds or words. It is thought that around 13 million people have some proficiency in sign language, but for people who rely on American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary means of communication, sometimes something as simple as ordering coffee can become a huge inconvenience. Starbucks plans to hire 20 to 25 employees, or ‘partners’ as they’re called within the company — all of which are required to…

Prosecco’s popularity has experts warning consumers of counterfeits

Prosecco is one of the most popular drinks, but experts warned that the demand for this high quality Italian sparkling wine has meant an increase in counterfeits products. So what is so special about Prosecco? Prosecco is a controlled designation of origin in North east Italy, where sparkling wine, or semi-sparkling, is principally made from the Glera grape variety. Two quality assurance labels help protect the Prosecco region outside of Italy — DOC – Denominazione di Origine Controllata (controlled designation of origin) and DOCG – Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (controlled designation of origin guaranteed). Despite these labels, the Food Standards Agengy says they are seeing an increase in the number of knock-offs coming out of Eastern Europe. They’re being passed off as the real deal, but out of the 4,000 samples sent to laboratories for testing every year, around 1,000 are counterfeit. According to FSA wine inspector, Mark Dawson, a…

Study says couples who drink together have happier marriages

People are constantly trying to find the secret to a successful relationship. Is it love? Understanding? Laughter? According to one study, the answer is alcohol. The study published in The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Series, couples who sip together, stay together. The report found that relationships where partners drank together had less negative relationship quality over time — particularly among wives. “Wives who reported drinking alcohol reported decreased negative marital quality over time when husbands also reported drinking and increased negative marital quality over time when husbands reported not drinking,” a summary of the study says. According to Reuters, nearly 3,000 couples participated in the study. On average, the couples had been together for 33 years — two thirds of those were on their first marriage. The study asked participants how often and how much they drink, then asked if they found their spouse “irritating, critical or too demanding.”…

New Wine Water has all the taste without the alcohol

If you’re in the mood for wine, but can’t or don’t drink alcohol, pretty soon you’ll have a solution. An Israeli startup has created O. Vine Wine, a grape infused water that is supposed to taste like your favorite red or white. The beverage made its debut on June 30 at the Fancy Food Show in New York. O. Vine is the newest comer in the ‘new water’ category. Brands like La Croix and Bai have everyone reaching for the lower calorie seltzer and tea alternatives and skipping out on sugary sodas and soft drinks. O. Vine mixes the smell and taste of wine with clear, spring water. It contains extracts from wine grape skins and seeds, which includes resveratrol, a compound found in red grape skins though to have heart health and anti-cancer properties. Not too shabby for a water replacement. “Our mission was to create a pure water sensation that…

Millennials being blamed for the end of iced tea

As if being blamed for the end of shopping malls, bars of soap and dinner dates wasn’t enough, if you were born between 1981 and 1996, now you’re being held responsible for the death of iced tea. A recent study by YouGov BrandIndex showed that younger Americans have grown less fond of the drink over the past two years. Only 18 percent of millennials surveyed they would consider purchasing ice tea the next time they go to buy a beverage — down a full five points from the same study conducted in January 2016. This shift is seemingly part of a larger trend in beverages overall. Millennials have reported a “negative impression” of big named ice tea brands like Lipton, Nestea, Snapple, and Crystal Light. The only brand whose reputation has remained favorable with millennials is Arizona. There hasn’t been one big event that has lead to the slide in ice tea sales,…

Johnny Walker to release new Game of Thrones whiskey this year

Sadly, Game of Thrones isn’t coming back until 2019, but to help you ease your pain, Johnnie Walker is releasing an official Game of Thrones whiskey named, what else, White Walker. Johnnie Walker announced the new release this week with a 20-second video on social media, featuring the same dramatic music G0T fans have come to love along with the punchline, “Scotch is coming.” https://youtu.be/Y5iEYnAQAMM Little else is known about the new beverage. In response to fans requesting more information, the brand simple replied with: “We’re excited to be partnering with HBO on White Walker by Johnnie Walker, which will launch this fall. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months!” No word on what will make it different from regular Johnnie Walker, but according to Forbes, it will hit stores in fall, just in time to keep you warm. This isn’t the first collaboration Game of Thrones paired with a brand…

15 frozen lemonade recipes to kick back with

On a hot summer day, it’s hard to pass up on an ice cold, frozen lemonade slushy. You can make this delightfully refreshing drink a ton of different ways. Add strawberries, booze, toasted coconut — or even serve it as a pie! You’ll need a blender, some ice and a few lemons, and you’ll be on your way to being everyone’s new best friend at your party. Here are 15 recipes you’ll want to whip up summer long. Pink watermelon lemonade slushy Get the recipe. So many refreshing flavors in one slushy. Watermelon, lemon, mint — bring on the heat! Frozen Coconut Lemonade Get the recipe. Coconut screams summer. Make this frosty mix in your blender and enjoy this creamy frozen lemonade treat. Frozen Mango Lemonade Get the recipe.  Try mixing fruit pairings for awesome, original blends like this mango lemonade recipe. Frozen Lemonade Pie Get the recipe.  It might not…

10 iced Starbucks drinks under 100 calories

As the temperature heats up, it’s harder to keep your drink orders to simple, low-calorie black coffee. Those iced drinks with their added sugar, cream and syrups can torpedo your whole day of healthy eating before you even head to work. There are plenty of ice-cold caffeinated drinks you can enjoy without any guilt. Here are 10 delicious cold Starbucks classics you’ll want to sip all summer long. Just remember to skip the whip and keep your order to the small (tall) size. Cold Brew Coffee. Cold brew coffee became all the rage a few years back, but you can benefit from this indulgent tasting, slow-steeped drink. It only has about 5 calories. Add a splash of nonfat milk and you’ll still only sip around 25 calories. Iced coffee. An unsweetened or “lightly sweetened” iced coffee will only set you back about 60 calories. Iced Skinny Mocha. It seems impossible this…

8 things you never knew about LaCroix

Once a drink favored by Midwestern moms, in recent years LaCroix has bubbled to the top of soda sales all over the United States. In the The low-calorie sparkling water beverage caught the eye of Americans, particularly Millennials, looking for a healthier alternative to regular sodas. Since the early 2000s, sales have exploded. And everyone seems to have a ranking on their favorite flavor. Here are a few things you might not know about this new beverage icon in your grocery aisle: 1. It’s PRONOUNCED la-croy The fizzy, flavored water has developed a seriously loyal following in recent years, yet many fans don’t pronounce the name correctly. If you’ve been faking some fancy French accent and saying “La-Kwah,” you should save yourself the embarrassment. The real name rhymes with “enjoy.” How can we be certain? It’s on the La Croix website. 2. What’s that mean? Lacroix translates to “The Cross” in French. 3. easy going origins LaCroix was invented in 1981…