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Study Links Increase Of Bars And Liquor Stores To Domestic Violence In Neighborhood.

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Sadly, we can see the correlation.

A new Australian study done by the Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Center in Victoria, Australia has linked the opening or more bars and liquor stores in specific areas to more domestic violence in the local residents' homes!

Lead researcher Michael Livingston identified 186 neighborhoods of 10,000 people and higher around Melbourne, and then monitored the changes in numbers of alcohol-involved establishments, as well as police-recorded cases of domestic violence between 1996-2005!

On average, he recorded about five domestic violence incidents annually per 1,000 people. However, rates were about 6% higher per 1,000 residents for each new bar or hotel that allowed the sale of alcohol, 2% higher for cafes, bars, and nightclubs, and a SHOCKING 30% increase for a new liquor store around 1,000 residents!

Holy shiz!

Livingston explains:

"If a similar relationship existed for domestic violence then governments would be able to consider these effects when developing alcohol policies. Increasing the availability of alcohol carries with it a range of costs that need to be balanced against the benefits of competition and consumer convenience. The focus of most alcohol policy in Victoria in recent years has been violence in late-night entertainment precincts. This work suggests that this focus ignores significant, but less visible, harms in the community."

Unbelievable. Those numbers are shocking!

We hope that the information can be used to help stop those kind of incidents of violence!

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Married People Less Likely To Stay Fit!

Filed under: Love LineFitnessHealth


This is so crazy!

A new study reported in American Journal of Epidemiology, which followed nearly 8,900 adults over several years, has found that both men and women who got married during that time became less physically fit!

Meanwhile, the people who stayed single, or became single by divorce, either maintained their fitness or it increased!

However, lead researcher Dr. Francisco B. Ortega, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, wanted to stress that these increases were minor in most cases, and that the majority of fitness level had to do with genetics, social situations, etc.

We say good to know anyway!

Maybe it will help people be more conscious of their fitness level when they get married, which can't hurt!

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