The colder it is, the more we drink?
Getting through the winter can be brutal, and it turns out a lot of folks who are dealing with the cold are apparently relying on booze to get them through it.
A new study by the University of Pittsburgh finds people who live in colder climates drink more alcohol than those who live where it’s warm. Looking at climate and alcohol consumption data from the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization, the study found that alcohol consumption and binge drinking goes UP as sunlight hours decrease.
As for why, since alcohol increases warm blood flow in the skin, researchers suggest folks could be drinking booze to keep warm. In addition they note that the decrease in sunlight is linked to higher rates of depression, which also increases drinking.
Source: New York Post
Some good news!
Ernie, a 95-year-old World War II veteran, heads to a Chick-fil-A in Avon, Indiana pretty much every day. He orders a chicken nugget kid’s meal with a root beer and when he sits down to enjoy his meal, employees always join him.
“All of us take turns sitting with him and eating with him,” team leader Amy Chambliss explains. “We just enjoy his company.”
And on Veterans Day, employees at his favorite restaurant told Ernie that he’s considered family and that he doesn’t have to pay for his meals any more. He tried to refuse their generosity, but accepted it and says he’s thankful for the friendships he’s formed.
“It just makes me feel good,” the veteran says. “It makes me feel good because the people treat me nice.” And he adds that they have the best root beer in town.
Source: Sunny Skyz