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New Muslim lashed for drinking in Australia

An Australian convert to Islam was pinned down and lashed 40 times for drinking alcohol by a group of Muslim men who broke into his home to punish him for breaking sharia law, a court heard Tuesday. The man, 31, was allegedly restrained and whipped with a cord in his…

Teen girls’ brains hit hard by binge-drinking: study

WASHINGTON — Binge-drinking can have a long-lasting negative effect on the brains of teenaged girls, hitting them harder than it does young boys, a study released Friday shows. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Stanford University found that girls who binge-drink — defined as having four…

Last orders for warning-free booze in Australia

Australia’s major alcohol brands on Tuesday launched voluntary health warnings on their labels targeting children, pregnant women and excessive boozing in a country famed for its binge-drinking culture. DrinkWise, an industry body representing 80 percent of Australia’s big alcohol names by volume, said new labels would be phased in on…

Drinking six cups of coffee a day cuts prostate cancer risk

WASHINGTON — More is better when it comes to drinking coffee to ward off the risk of deadly prostate cancer, according to a major US study released Tuesday by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. Men who drank six or more cups per day had a 60 percent…

Wired! Young Americans increase coffee consumption

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Young American adults have increased the amount of coffee they drink daily in 2011, after feeling better about their finances following the global economic crisis, a survey showed on Saturday. Forty percent of the 18- to 24-year-olds who responded to theNational Coffee Association’s National Coffee Drinking…

Amid debate, Dem advises viewers to find ‘designated driver’ if drinking to GOP lies

The Obama White House said last week that the US House of Representatives’ vote to repeal heath care reform was not a “serious legislative effort.” It appears at least one House Democrat took that mantra to heart. “There’ve been, basically, three variations of the argument by Republicans,” Rep. Anthony Weiner…

UN declares access to clean water a human right

UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly on Wednesday recognized access to clean water and sanitation as a human right, a move hailed by water advocates as a momentous step toward a future treaty. After more than 15 years of contentious debate on the issue, 122 countries voted in favor…

Drinking buddies set friend’s prosthetic leg on fire, ditch burned man by roadside

A 47-year-old man’s friends set his prosthetic leg on fire after he lost a drinking bet, causing him to suffer severe burns to his buttocks and lower back. Dona Ana County sheriff’s deputies found the man naked on the side of U.S. Route 70 with his prosthetic leg in flames.…

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