Cocaine use in England rose sharply in the five years leading up to 2008, according to a report released Wednesday. The average of English individuals aged 16 to 59 who had used cocaine at least once in their lifetime was 55.7 per thousand people in 2002-2003, but over five years it rose to 72.5 per thousand people. And leading the rise are women, whose consumption of coke almost matched the men’s. The amount of women aged 10 to 25 who had used cocaine in their lifetime was 4.8 percent in 2003, compared with 8.2 percent of men. In 2006, the percentage of women was 6.66, compared with 7.2 percent of men. The study cites three reasons for the rise in use: cheapness, availability, and increased social acceptance. About $70 now buys a gram of coke in England, whereas in the ’80s, a gram cost about $160. “We’re very much in an age of chemical enhancement and a pill for every ill,” said Jim McVeigh, head of substance use at the Center for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University. So, he added, cocaine is just viewed as another accepted chemical compound. Researchers also say women used cocaine as they became more independent and drank more — drinking and snorting going hand in hand. [Reuters] Keep reading »
“Hard Ball”’s Chris Matthews dropped by Craig Ferguson’s show to promote his new book for twentysomethings, The Hardball Handbook: How To Win At Life. In it, Matthews applies politicians’ techniques to everyday problems politicians don’t care about, like your love life. Since it’s “The Late Late Show,” Chris gets down and dishes the dirt on former-President Bill Clinton. How did he do it, and by “it,” we mean all those women? At the two minute mark, you’ll find out.
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“Gossip Girl” obviously has the right idea—a new study from the University of Michigan shows that chitchatting might be good for your health. In the study, which ran in this month’s Hormones and Behavior journal, 160 women paired up and completed a computerized card game. Afterwards, half of the groups were instructed to discuss 16 questions like “Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?” while the rest of the groups proofread a botany article. The participants who talked experienced a rise in their levels of progesterone, a hormone that signals bonding and closeness, while participants in the control group actually experienced a decline in progesterone. And more progesterone means reduced stress and anxiety, and ultimately better health. So moral of the study: water cooler talk can be good for your health! Still, that’s no reason you should tell everyone in your office that you slept with the hot guy in accounting. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
While “Hitched or Ditched” is quite possibly the most terrible show on television, I have found myself watching it on more than one occasion. The show gives a couple who seem to be ready for marriage but are avoiding it the chance to have their dream ceremony. Over a period of four days, they have to decide whether they should indeed get married, or split up for good. Of course, drama ensues, exes are brought back to life, and in-laws do embarrassing things. Keep reading »
Is it possible to c**k block safe sex? Yes, say public health advocates who are going after CVS for sometimes locking its condoms behind glass cases!
Advocates For Youth and CureCVS are rallying people based on the findings of a Change To Win study, which investigated CVS branches in five major metropolitan areas. They found condom lockage is three times more likely to occur in areas where minorities live—which obviously is discriminatory and needs to stop immediately. Keep reading »
Watch out (or celebrate), Iran, Zahra Rahnavard may be your next Hillary Clinton. She’s an artist, a politician, and also the fire behind husband Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s presidential campaign. From what I’ve seen, it appears she might even have more followers than he does — crowds of women (and men) roar when she shows up to an event.
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TV Land is normally my haven for “The Cosby Show” and “Roseanne” reruns. But lately, the network’s branched out into original shows, like “The Cougar,” basically a “Bachelorette” rip-off where the lady doing the picking is 40 and the guys are all in their 20s. Tonight at 9pm is the season premiere of “She’s Got The Look,” the show that looks to “discover the next supermodel over the age of 35.” And I’ve got some pretty mixed feelings about it.
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Before you get excited about having met your future hubby on Match.com, watch out — he might not exist. Sean McGinn, “witty and scruffy” Match.com user, had to find this one out the hard way. He had been sending carefully tailored e-mails out to hundreds of seemingly perfect women, only to find out that they were no more than vacant internet space. So, now he’s suing the website for “humiliation and disappointment.” He insists that Match.com “cease and desist its deceptive practices,” because they are “willfully causing emotional harm to the consumer and social harm to society at large.” I’m not sure what’s more embarrassing—the fact that McGinn was sending messages to nobody, or that he is suing Match.com for $5 million because of it. But even if he doesn’t win the lawsuit, the Brooklynite has something to smile about; he’s finally met someone special on the website he claims he was “defrauded” by. How ironic. [NYMag, NYPost] Keep reading »
E! Online recently asked readers if this painting of Sarah Jessica Parker, an equine rendition of her Covet perfume ad, is too mean. The overwhelming response: hells yeah.
But honestly, I’m not at all offended. I love Carrie Bradshaw as much as the next girl, but I actually chuckled when I saw this on the art blog Gallery of the Absurd. Sarah is obviously beautiful, but, well, if she were animal, she’d definitely be a horse. And Sarah Jessica isn’t the only one who artist 14 has painted. After the jump, some of our favorites of her work. Keep reading »
Most beer ads are crammed full of super skinny chicks with bigs boobs. So we love this Bud Light commercial, which invites us to laugh at a dude getting totally humiliated as he tries to buy a copy of Tongue & Cheeks only to have the cashier yell across the store, “This guy wants porno.” Then his prom date who he hasn’t seen since high school walks in? It sadly never aired on TV (uh, there is a vibrator in it), but we have it here for your viewing pleasure. Keep reading »