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Greg Williams, seated at left with back to camera, prepares to interview actress Kristen Johnston for a segment in the documentary, "The Anonymous People." The film won a PRISM Award this week.

Danbury filmmaker wins PRISM award for addiction film

“The Anonymous People,” a documentary about addiction by Danbury filmmaker Greg Williams, won a PRISM Award for documentary feature film Tuesday night. The awards recognize accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental illness: prevention, treatment and recovery in film, television, interactive, music, DVD, and comic book entertainment. Other winners included Julia Roberts, for her role […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, drug abuse
A scene from “It Was Me” featuring Kristen Sewell, of Shelton. The video was one of three PSAs on safe driving produced by Valley teens that will will air on the Consumer Reports’ website during the high school prom season to teach teenagers about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving, especially driving while texting.

Safe driving PSAs by Valley teens to air on Consumer Reports site

High school students from Shelton, Ansonia, Oxford and Derby helped write, direct and produce three public service announcements on safe teen driving that were selected to appear on the Consumer Reports’ website. The PSAs recently premiered at an event at Griffin Hospital as part of Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach […] [Read More]

Would you sacrifice sex for well-being?

Would you turn down money if it meant improving your overall health? How about sex? Or the occasional cocktail? A recent survey by Westin Hotels and Resorts found that people across the globe would make some surprising sacrifices if it meant improving their well-being. Westin surveyed more than 6,000 frequent global travelers from the U.S., […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, General, health
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to learn about the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is encouraging the public to dedicate this month to understanding how excessive drinking can affect health and evaluating their drinking habits. Though many adults drink moderately without […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, drug abuse, health

The perils of spring break binge drinking

With March upon us, you know that Spring Break — that annual rite of passage for many American college students — is looming. But with the promises of sun, fun and adventure that spring break brings for many comes some major health concerns as well. A study conducted by the American College of Health found […] [Read More]

Avoid overindulging on Super Bowl Sunday

In case you didn’t know, Sunday is the Super Bowl. The big game is a prime time for snacking, which could lead to overindulging. To help you stay (or get) fit, Erica Christ, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with Greenwich Hospital, offers these tips: [Read More]
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CDC: People keep quiet about alcohol problems

Wondering if you should discuss your drinking with your doctor, but afraid to broach the subject? New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you’re not alone. Only one in six adults — and only one in four binge drinkers — say a health professional has ever discussed alcohol use with them […] [Read More]

More tips for not getting sick at the holidays

Hopefully, you’ll be spending time with loved ones this Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. And, hopefully, you read my piece in today’s health section about protecting yourself and others from illness at family gatherings. Well, here are a few more tips for preventing infection in this festive season.  Sanitizing doesn’t stop with hand washing: We all know […] [Read More]

Study: Brain scans can warn of alcoholic relapse

Even the most experienced counselors have difficultly spotting a recovering alcoholic in danger of relapse, but a new study from Yale University researchers shows that brain scans might be able to spot a backslide before it happens. According to a press a release from Yale, the research showed that alcoholics with abnormal activity in areas […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, General, health

It’s National Public Health Week … and a bunch of other stuff

This morning, the Connecticut Department of Public Health sent out a press release announcing that this is National Public Health Week a “time designated across the country to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.” To celebrate the week, DPH is posting a new podcast each […] [Read More]