Morning Roundup: Aug. 1, 2019

By The Fix staff 08/01/19

Elizabeth Vargas will give keynote at NCAD East conference. Sober curious in Wisconsin? Older adults who binge drink raise health risks.

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A "beer fight" at the 2012 Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin. ID 25935584 © Nathan Resnick | Dreamstime.com

Perspective: I Was Only Going to Give Up Alcohol for a Month, But I Wasn't Prepared for the Impact It Had [Guardian]
How does a break from alcohol affect you? "There is a sense of achievement in doing something you weren't quite sure you could do, even something relatively modest as giving up booze for a month."

NCAD Spotlight: Elizabeth Vargas on Facing Addiction and Anxiety [Behavioral Healthcare Executive]
Journalist Elizabeth Vargas will deliver a keynote address in August at the NCAD East conference, speaking on her journey from struggling with drinking and anxiety to becoming a vocal advocate of recovery.

Perspective: I Had My First Drink at a Passover Seder—Now I'm in Recovery [Tablet]
The long journey from young adulthood, college, marriage, pregnancy, and the moment that recovery became possible. Throughout this writer's journey, she held on to her faith.

Unique Ad Company Born Out of Garage of Entrepreneur in Recovery [Palm Beach Post]
Jason Mariner, "one of the founding fathers of the opioid epidemic," has been through it all. Substance abuse, physical injuries, prison, homelessness. He overcame his past and started his own business.

Want to Play in Band or Park on Campus? Students, Prepare for a Drug Test. [Texas Standard]
Another school district, this one in the Texas Panhandle, will begin mandating drug tests for middle and high school students who participate in extracurricular activities or who want a parking pass. 

One in 10 Older Adults Binge Drinks, Increasing Health Risks [NBC News]
"A lot of patients don't realize that as they get older, their body becomes more sensitive to alcohol." Binge drinking can worsen some chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

Wisconsin's Drinking Culture May Make 'Sober Curious' a Tough Sell [Journal Sentinel]
Can one "of the drunkest states in the country" make room for people who choose to be sober? "We (sober people) want to go to a place that makes us feel included."

Iceland Cuts Teen Drinking with Curfews, Youth Centers [Washington Post]
Icelandic youth have one of the lowest rates of substance abuse in Europe. What has been the key to their success?

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