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    The days of plain old water being the beverage of choice at the gym are long gone. Now, some gyms even boast their own smoothie or juice bar. We’re inundated with so many choices -- pre-workout drinks; post-workout ‘recovery’ drinks; drinks for energy; drinks for mid-workout fueling; drinks for immortal life. Okay, that last one I maybe made up, but there are definitely a lot of claims being made for beverages marketed at regular exercisers. 

    So what’s your best bet for optimal performance and results? Read on for some old wisdom versus new choices when it comes to drinking up while working out:

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    I am an alcoholic. For years, alcohol was the first thing I thought about when I woke up in the morning. All day long, I obsessed over drinking: when could I start, did I have enough, how could I hide it. Every hour until that first drink was steeped in unease and self-hatred. Every hour past that first drink was focused on the drink after that. I lived completely in the past or the future, in regrets and anxiety. The present was increasingly intolerable and so I sought escape. It was a vicious cycle that went on and on and on.

    You have probably had your fill of people using Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic overdose as an excuse to talk about addiction. Forgive me for adding to the noise, but it's been hard for me to think of anything else lately. It's been hard to see the number of people condemning Hoffman for the "stupid, selfish" act that took his life and not feel painted with those same hurtful broad strokes.

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    Lots of celebrities go to rehab, but not all of them are willing to talk about the experience afterwards. So I was both shocked and amazed to see Elizabeth Vargas' revealing interview after her treatment recently ended.

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    Throughout history, a handful of presidents have admitted to smoking a little bit of recreational pot here and there. But few have openly discussed their views on the drug -- particularly if their ideas about it fall more in line with what a college student might think than that of your average conservative politician. Barack Obama kind of just went for it when he revealed in an interview with the New Yorker that he considers marijuana less dangerous than alcohol. Depending on how you feel about the drug, this is either one of the most dangerous statements a president has made in a long while, or the most obvious one ever. 

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    In case you've ever thought alcohol isn't as dangerous as hard drugs like meth, heroin, or cocaine, think again. It's alcohol that has completely destroyed the health of this mother of four, who, at 35-years-old, looks much, much older, and lives in a nursing home with round the clock care due the ravages of alcoholism. Sadly, she is dying and her four children will never have a mother.

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    Many of us who wasted far too many hours of our youth on self-destructive behaviors can recall one particular instance -- an Aha! moment, if you will -- that forced us to sit up and take stock of our potentially downward spiralling lives. For Snooki, this wake-up call came in the form of one scary night after the birth of her son Lorenzo when she went out clubbing. The new mom had to take a break from partying to pump, as the "entire front of her dress was soaked" (we've all been there, right ladies?). That's when she got an alarming surprised: “I could smell the sake bombs in the bottle,” she writes in her new book, “Baby Bumps: From Party Girl to Proud Mama, and All the Messy Milestones Along the Way.”

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    Remember back when Demi Lovato went to rehab in 2010 for "emotional and physical issues"? We all sort of just assumed that it was related to her struggles with bulimia and depression ... but now, the former Disney star is clearing things up and coming clean about the shocking truth: She had a serious cocaine addiction.

    "With my drug use I could hide it to where I would sneak drugs. I couldn’t go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine, and I would bring it on airplanes," the 21-year-old confessed to Access Hollywood. "I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep, and I would do it right there. I'd sneak to the bathroom and I'd do it." This in spite of Demi even having her very own "sober companion," who was supposed to be watching her "24/7." So scary. She also elaborated on her addiction to alcohol ...

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    Thanksgiving is a time when family comes together and celebrates, but for 13-year-old Lauren Nevil, it's a time of excruciating sadness as she is reminded of the Thanksgiving she lost her mother to a drunk driver. Last November Lauren, her mom Katy, and the rest of the family were driving from their home in Tennessee to spend the holiday with family in Texas. John David Coe was driving drunk. He would, tragically, meet up with the Nevil family on a dark stretch of highway and destroy their lives forever. Last week Lauren bravely confronted him in the courtroom, where Coe was sentenced to 40 years in jail.

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    If 40 is the new 30, and 30 is the new 20, does that make 20-year-olds 10? Maybe, if you buy into the updated guidelines being given to child psychologists. The BBC reports that adolescence no longer ends when people turn 18, but rather when they turn 25.

    Yup, apparently there are now three stages of adolescence: Early adolescence ranges from 12 to 14 years, middle adolescence from 15 to 17 years, and 18 and over is classed as late adolescence. I’m sure we’ve all known someone in his or her 20s that refused to act like a responsible adult, but come on. Let’s not excuse immaturity on “developing brain patterns.” One would hope that our brains continue to grow and mature throughout the years, and just because a 20-year-old might not be as wise as a 40-year-old doesn’t make them a child.

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    I wish that all of these studies linking cancer and alcohol consumption had come out when I was in college. Not that I necessarily would have put down my wine cooler and read them. But, one can always imagine, right? Still, it seems like every time you turn around now, someone is telling you how bad drinking is for you. Can't we go back to that time when wine was supposed to make you live forever? What happened to that? That was fun, right? But anyway, we're in the downer years for booze -- when pretty much any drop of the stuff is going to send you into a premature grave. A new major study links alcohol consumption to breast cancer.

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