Women’s Health addresses stress seekers; ‘Rethinking Drinking’ offers online aid

March 28, 2011
Stress Test
Why compete to have the craziest day?
Women’s Health, April issue

That many American women are highly stressed, juggling multiple roles and forgoing sleep is not news. But “Are You a Stress Seeker?” suggests another facet of the problem: They’re proud of it! “Women embrace stress because somewhere along the way they came to believe that the more frazzled they are, the better person they are,” as this article puts it. Busy ladies might be hooked on the rush they get from stress and the resulting hormones adrenaline and cortisol, the article says. Culturally, it could be a consequence of the feminist movement, where women feel driven to prove they can be just as successful as men. One great tip for ending the cycle: Stop gloating that “I’m so stressed-out.” If a friend does it, don’t respond to her bravado with a play-by-play of your own overwhelming schedule.

Binge drinking
Calculators that might slow you down
Rethinking Drinking, Www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov

As part of its “Rethinking Drinking” campaign, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has launched five new online calculators. The goal of the campaign, which began in 2009, is to thwart binge drinking for those from the ages of 21 to 30, and the calculators certainly provide some deterrents. There is the frightening alcohol spending calculator, which reveals, based on your drinking habits, your average spending per week, month and year, and the equally disturbing calorie calculator. The drink size and cocktail content calculators determine how many standard drinks are in, for instance, a 21-ounce ballpark souvenir cup of beer (1.8). The information could help drinkers better pace themselves and stay within low-risk drinking levels.

Rachel Saslow

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