Why was Dierks Bentley crying in his beer in Charlotte Sunday night? – Charlotte Observer

As usual, Dierks Bentley provided a highlight for fans at PNC Music Pavilion on Sunday night when he pulled his favorite stunt, hoisting a burly dude up onto the stage from out of the pit and challenging him to a beer-drinking contest. (The singer won, by the way, and boasted that he’s still undefeated at live shows in 2017.)

But Bentley would top that moment later in the show by doing something much less aggressive with a beer: He cried in one.

After high-fiving his way from the main stage to a “B” stage near the back of the pavilion and the front of the lawn two-thirds of the way through his 96-minute set, the country star mentioned how he’d spent his afternoon in Charlotte.

“So earlier today, we got a chance to go by the Levine Children’s Hospital,” Bentley said, as photos of him with young patients flashed on the screens adorning the main stage. “It always blows my mind, man. You think you’re grateful, and you think you’re strong – you think you’re a riser – and you go meet those families, you meet these kids, and you see what they’re going through, and it makes you about this big. …

“All the staff, everyone that works in that hospital, man … every morning, they gotta get up and do their job, ’cause they got these kids and these families counting on them to be ready every day. Those people are risers, and this song goes out to them.”

Then he sang an aching acoustic version of the title track from his 2014 album, “Riser” – strongly and clearly for most of the way, before his voice broke as he grimaced away tears during the final chorus.

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Drinking alcohol causes biological ageing. If you want to live long, quit now – Hindustan Times

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Unwinding with a drink at the end of a long day might be a tempting thought, but it’s not doing any favours to your health. A recent research has revealed that the more alcohol you drink, the more your cells appear to age. In the study that will be shared at the 40th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) in Denver (June 24-28), researchers found that alcoholic patients had shortened telomere lengths, placing them at greater risk for age-related illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia. Drinking also ages arteries, leading to cardiovascular diseases. Another study suggests that you should never mix alcohol with highly caffeinated energy drinks as it could increase the risk of falls and injury.

“Telomeres, the protein caps on the ends of human chromosomes, are markers of aging and overall health,” said Naruhisa Yamaki of the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine. Yamaki explained that every time a cell replicates, a tiny bit of telomere is lost, so they get shorter with age. But some groups may have shorter telomeres for reasons other than ageing. “Our study showed that alcoholic patients have a shortened telomere length, which means that heavy drinking causes biological aging at a cellular level,” he said. “It is alcohol rather than acetaldehyde that is associated with a shortened telomere length.”

Yamaki and his co-authors recruited 255 study participants from alcoholism treatment services at Kurihama National Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan: 134 alcoholic patients and 121 age-matched controls or non-alcoholics, ranging in age from 41 to 85 years old. DNA samples, as well as drinking histories and habits, were collected from all participants. “We also found an association between telomere shortening and thiamine deficiency (TD),” said Yamaki.

“TD is known to cause neuron impairments such as Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome.

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Weekly planner: Beer and hymns for BASS on Monday – Montana Standard

MONDAY, JUNE 26 BEER & HYMNS

Beer & Hymns for BASS will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Quarry Brewing’s Grand Ballroom (upstairs) at 124 W. Broadway. The public is invited to grab a pint, sing along, and support a good cause. Proceeds will go to support the advocacy work of Butte AIDS Support Services and the renovation of their new Trinity Community Center. The event is hosted by Butte United Congregational Church and BASS in celebration of LGBT Pride Month.

TUESDAY, JUNE 27 DANCE AT MOTHER LODE

The Dynamic Dance Company presents “When You Slept in the Forest” at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Mother Lode Theatre. The program showcases all of the national competition dances to be competed July 3 through 7 in Las Vegas. Tickets are $20, main; $39, mezzanine; $18, loge; and $15 and $12, balcony, and can be purchased at the Mother Lode box office or by calling 406-723-3602.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 DUCK RACES

The Silver Bow Hospitality Association will host a “Business After Hours and Chamber Duck Races” at 5 p.m. at the Quality Inn & Suites, 2100 Cornell Ave. Ducks will be available for purchase at the event with cash and other prizes for the winning entries. Proceeds benefit the Butte Chamber of Commerce. In addition, there will be networking, food, fun, and beverages.

DANCE AT MOTHER LODE

The Dynamic Dance Company presents “When You Slept in the Forest” at 7 p.m. at the Mother Lode Theatre. The program showcases all of the national competition dances to be competed July 3 through 7 in Las Vegas. Tickets are $20, main; $39, mezzanine; $18, loge; and $15 and $12, balcony,

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Police seize huge haul of alcohol and drugs seized from children in Northern Ireland – Belfast Telegraph

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Police seize huge haul of alcohol and drugs seized from children in Northern Ireland

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Shocking pictures have emerged showing hundreds of litres of alcoholic drinks and drugs seized from children in anti-social behaviour hotspots across Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.

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Shocking pictures have emerged showing hundreds of litres of alcoholic drinks and drugs seized from children in anti-social behaviour hotspots across Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.

The haul was seized on Friday as part of Operation Snapper, relaunched by the PSNI to safeguard young people and combat anti-social behaviour.

In just one day police spoke to over 230 children and seized items including 200 suspected prescription painkillers, cannabis bongs made from coke bottles, 74 litres of cider and 22 litres of Buckfast.

Also confiscated were beers, 16 litres of vodka, one bottle of whiskey, 24 bottles of alcopops and five bottles of wine.

In 21 drugs searches there were three finds of class B drugs (cannabis), one class A seizure and one class C find. Among the finds was suspected methedrone or cocaine seized from adults.

As a result of the operation, 15 referrals were made to social services while other children were referred to an Alcohol Support Programme and several were taken home to their parents by police.

The seizure came less than five weeks after 15-year-old schoolgirl Caitlin White died near the Corcrain estate in Portadown in a suspected drug-related incident.

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows, who led Friday’s operation, said drink and drug abuse is leaving children vulnerable to sexual exploitation and grooming. He said he hoped the massive seizure will act as a “wake up call”.

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My dad died like Darren Simpson. Now it's time to talk about alcohol addiction – The Sydney Morning Herald

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“How did he die?” The four-word question, first on everyone’s lips when someone goes before their time, as celebrity chef Darren Simpson, 48, did late last week. It’s curious. It’ll give you a far less poignant response than that of an alternative four-word question: how did he live?

There’s no malice meant. It’s human; the need to find sense in a premature death where little exists. But someone’s final act will always sit poorly with all those preceding it – rich with purpose, contribution, meaning.

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Tributes are pouring in for celebrity chef Darren Simpson, who died suddenly following a heart attack near his Byron Bay home.

It’s been reported, mostly sensitively, that Simpson died following a long battle with alcohol addiction. Discovering this catapulted me back to the day my dad died – of the same poison.

My dad, though, didn’t have the real reason for his death splashed all over the press, like Simpson.

We lied about how dad died, to all but those closest to him. With his chunky, old-school mobile in my hands, I phoned his friends, his clients, his colleagues and told the same story: a heart attack. I needed to prepare this response: Bar none, they asked the same singular question, stupefied. Dad was a private, proud yet humble man. Protecting his dignity in death was my final filial duty. It was the kindest lie I’ve ever told. Like most lies, I now somewhat regret it.

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