Drink Up America: Why Beer Is Good!

Drink Up America: Why Beer Is Good!

Beer has so many positives for Americans, so grab a friend and get to your local brewery.

Throughout the United States millions of people drink beer every day. Despite negative ideas about drinking, beer is a beverage that has many positives. These positives need to be brought to light for the world to see (especially the haters). Some already know how beer can be good for you or inspire networking, so it is time to make sure everyone knows.

1. It's a social tool.

First of all, beer can be used as a very good social tool. Whether it is for a business meeting, a night out at the bar with friends, or simply getting to know somebody, beer is used for many social activities.

2. It's a cultural staple.

Beer is cultural within the United States. It has become the staple drink of tailgates and barbecues, one of the glorious drinks at a college frat party, and it is a common drink at many great American sporting events. Since the 1600s, there has been some form of brewing and beer in the United States. Since then, the multi-billion dollar industry has taken off and is one of the most popular and cheap alcoholic beverages.

3. There are health benefits.

While some people joke about the adverse effects of drinking beer, like the infamous beer-belly, some studies point towards beer having some health benefits. For example, according to Men’s Health, beer can help prevent type 2 Diabetes, lower blood pressure, and increase bone density.

4. It's liquid courage.

Another common joke is that when people drink an alcoholic beverage, they get liquid courage. Here is another positive of beer. It makes humans feel good and it boosts their natural sense of confidence. This leads to more socializing, better self-esteem, and of course, some wild beer pong table dunks.

5. Craft brewing is a buzzing industry.

Craft brewing is also a benefit of beer. It has become a hobby for the beer enthusiasts and a small industry for little brewing companies. In 2015, craft brewing was a 22.3 billion dollar industry with majority of it being domestic.

6. There is a fit for everyone.

With craft brewing and many big name beer companies coming out with different styles and flavors of beer, the beer industry has become very fitting for anyone. There is a beer out there for everyone’s identity.

7. It's economical.

Lastly, beer creates many economic benefits. In 2014, the brewing business put 400,000 jobs into the economy and also added 55 billion dollars to United States’ businesses. According to economists, as craft beer continues to grow throughout the nation, it pushes other breweries to develop better brews as well and this also helps to stimulate the economy. Basically, to improve the economy, all we need to do as Americans is drink up...that is, if you are of age!

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A List Of Things I Never Thought I Would Thank My Parents For Teaching Me

#12 is the scariest one yet

Our parents or guardians are our teachers. From a young age, children look up to their elders for day to day tasks. It's our instinct to learn from the people we are supposed to trust the most. It's easy to take advantage of how much they really do teach us, considering most are small tasks you would've learned eventually. It wasn't until I was cleaning up some bedding after a sleep over where I was the only one who knew how to fold a fitted bed sheet that I truly appreciated that I had someone to teach me that. So here is a list of tasks I am glad my parents taught me how to do.

1. Fold a fitted bed sheet

It's really not that hard, but some people seem to think it's impossible. If I'm being honest, it's probably because they're just trying to fold it without a method and that is their first mistake.

2. Chop wood

Living in an area where it gets insanely cold, a wood stove can help save so much money on electric. To have a wood stove though, you need to have chopped wood. You could totally use an ax, but it's much easier and faster to use a wood cutter.

3. Properly wash my laundry

All I can say is that I'm glad my life didn't end up like one of those infomercials where you screw everything up. You taught me how to do laundry early on, and it's something that needs to be done frequently. It is handy to know especially being away at college where I don't have a mom or dad to do my laundry for me.

4. Change a shower head

Who doesn't want to have a wild shower party like this kid? In order for that to happen, you need to know how to change things like a shower head.

5. Unclog a drain

It would be a little gross to show a gif, but it's a handy task you need to know. Not just how to unclog a toilet, because that's easy when you have plunger. Your sink tends to collect more than you would think and it builds up. Who knows, maybe one day you'll drop something down the sink that's valuable. If you know how to unclog a drain, you'll know how to retrieve that item.

6. Cook a mean scrambled egg

This is just a classic food, and one of many, that I have learned how to cook. There are so many ways you could spice up this style food, but you need to know how to cook the basics. Once you know how to cook this, you have breakfast for everyday of the week.

7. Balance a check book

Not that I actually use a check book daily yet, but I know the basics on how to use one. Some day in the future I will be a pro at using one.

8. Use big kid tools

There is going to come a time in my life where I need to use a screwdriver, and not just one of those tiny manual ones. It's nice to know that out of the majority of my friends, I'm the only one with a tool box. You never know when you're going to need tools.

9. How to navigate a grocery store

It's so easy to walk in and decide that you want everything. I learned to make a list of what I need (and to double check before I leave to make sure I have everything.) When you stumble upon something that isn't on the list, their has to be a clear and reasonable justification to buy it. I also learned to have an order to the groceries. You don't want to be walking back and forth to collect your items. Travel isle to isle.

10. Cleaning a bathroom

It's so easy to just casually wipe down the surface of the counters and the toilet seat with a wipe and then call it a day. When I'm older, I'll know exactly what products to buy and how to get into all of the nooks and crannies.

11. Pump gas

It's weird to think that in some states, people never have to learn how to pump their own gas. What happens when you travel outside of those comforting borders and you run low on gas? I can confidently say that I will be set because I learned how to pump my own gas.

12. Make phone calls

I like to think that I look like a very casual business woman when I'm on the phone, but often times I look like this. Talking on the phone can be scary when you don't know what to say, but it's easier to make phone calls when they're on speaker and my mom is mouthing the words I need to say.

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I Asked College Students About Eating Habits And Here's What They Said

What is your opinion?
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

I have a really hard time eating healthy in college. I want to eat healthy whenever I can, but I find that it's either too expensive or not available. How am I expected to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle when it's nearly out of reach? I decided to see if other people were struggling with the same problems, so I asked 4 college students about their eating habits: here's what the said.

1. How many meals a day do you eat?

"I eat 3 meals a day" Female, age 21
"I’m actually more of a snacker than I am a full meal type of eater. I usually eat something small for breakfast just so I am not starving later on, a simple lunch, snack time until I eat dinner." Female, age 23
" I eat 3 meals a day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. A lot of times in the morning I forget to eat breakfast so that makes it two. This happens about 2 or 3 times a week. Lunch is definitely my biggest meal of the day. Lately, I have been eating a buffet of some sort. I wish my dinners consisted of more food. A lot of times, I don't have enough food at home. And, I usually eat pasta, rice with meat, or something out if I have the energy." Male, age 22
"I eat 3-4 meals a day." Male, age 21

2. Do you make breakfast, grab a packaged breakfast (Pop-tarts, frozen sandwiches, protein bars, cereal bars, etc.) grab fast food, or go to the dining hall?

"I make breakfast. Most of the time it is one fried egg and one piece of turkey sausage." Female, age 21

"I always have a cup of “almost black” coffee and then either a piece of fruit, toast, or overnight oats." Female, age 23

"I each packaged food. Specifically Jimmy Dean's. And I eat a Chobani Flip Cup Yogurt. Sometimes when I have time, I go to Starbucks to get a drink with either a chorizo breakfast breakfast sandwich or a spinach and feta wrap. When I wake up early, I make a few eggs, scrambled with a glass of OJ and some bacon. So, I eat all sorts of food for breakfast. Predominately, the jimmy deans and yogurt though." Male, age 22

"I usually eat at the dining hall. I will get eggs and bacon or sausage, biscuits and gravy, and sometimes I will get french toast or pancakes, too." Male, age 21

3. Where do you eat a majority of your meals? (at home, at the dining hall, fast food, etc.)

"I eat most of my meals at home." Female, age 21

"At home!" Female, age 23

"I eat a majority of my meals out. I eat a lot of meals at the dining hall. But I also eat at chic fil a, moes, and cookout." Male, age 22

"I eat most of my meals at the dining hall." Male, age 21

4. Do you eat with others or alone?

"I eat with my boyfriend or with friends every night." Female, age 21

"i almost always eat with others." Female, age 23

"I usually eat alone." Male, age 22

" I eat most of my meals with my friends. Occasionally I will eat alone if no one is available." Male, age 21

5. If you were cooking dinner, what would you cook?

"When I cook dinner, I usually make something like zucchini noodles with chicken." Female, age 21

"My favorite dinner includes having various types of veggies (usually baked), with something similar to quinoa, and sweet potatoes." Female, age 23

"I would cook some rice with some sort of meat. Either some cheese stuffed turkey meatballs or some chicken. I also would drink a glass of chocolate milk if possible. I always like trying to cook though. I like looking up recipes and trying new foods of all sorts." Male, age 22

"I don't really cook..." Male, age 21

6. What is the hardest thing about eating healthy in college?

"The hardest part about eating healthy in college is the temptation of bad food due to limited healthy options." Female, age 21

"Food that is better for you is often more expensive, “junk food” is more easily accessible around campus (ex. vending machines in academic halls), and just general exposure to the majority of people our age that have unhealthy eating habits while trying not to fall into them yourself." Female, age 23

"The hardest thing about eating healthy is going out to the store and buying the food. And finding the right, healthy foods I like are hard to find too. Doing the dishes is hard too. I am generally a lazy person but I also like eating so it's a daily struggle. So I eat out a lot to reduce the energy of doing those extra things." Male, age 22

"I don't really like healthy food, so I don't find it a problem." Male, age 21

7. What could be changed to make healthy eating in college easier?

"I think there would need to be more healthy and affordable options on and near campus." Female, age 21

"Incentive programs or education on the importance of taking care of your “whole self”- the physical, emotional, and mental well-being while in college." Female, age 23

"More choices in the dining hall. Foods that are delicious. More variety gives more leeway for different palettes. Also integrating a meal system where meal swipes would buy you more of a variety of foods. I also think that having the dining hall more open to what the students want and actually integrating different foods and systems. More posters and more signage around campus to influence healthy lifestyles." Male, age 22

"If I ate healthy meals, I would want there to be more healthy restaurants around town or more healthy options in the dining hall." Male, age 21

8. Do you think you have enough resources to eat what you want in college?

"I do not believe we have enough resources to eat in the healthy way that I would like to in college." Female, age 21

"Yes and no, the basic resources are beginning to be established but I think that there is still a long way to go with being equally available with other types of foods. For those with dietary restrictions (non-dairy, vegan, etc.) there are nowhere near as many options as their could/should be." Female, age 23

" I think there are enough resources to eat healthy and live a good lifestyle. However, with the nature of an average college student, I do not fully utilize the resources." Male, age 22

"I think there are plenty of options. Sometimes I will drive an hour away to get something I really want if i have to." Male, age 21

9. What is your "go-to" meal?

"In college, my "go-to" meal would be hibachi at the local hibachi restaurant." Female, age 21

"Smoothies!" Female, age 23

"My "go to meal" is some pasta and meatballs." Male, age 22

"I love burgers. My "go-to" meal would be a burger with fries or a Moe's stack." Male, age 21

10. If you were to go out to eat, where would you eat?

"My favorite place to eat out is a Mexican restaurant because it's cheap." Female, age 21

"My favorite restaurant is a local cafe." Female, age 23

"I'm not picky, I'll eat anywhere." Male, age 22

"I really like going to Moe's and Cookout." Male, age 21

After interviewing these people, I realized that we all have different eating habits. While I struggle with eating healthy, some can make do with what is available. The four students are very diverse, and their answers reflect that exceptionally. Overall, I realized that I am not alone, but I also have the capability to satisfy my healthy eating needs. What do you think about your college's eating choices?

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