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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 8, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta -The Herald- Family Fourth section 'A man without drink' like flag without wind SINGAPORE (Reuter) An Asian loves his drink as well as anyone, despite reli- gious restraints on use of al- cohol. To quench his thirst, he may set aside social taboos, flout religious tenets and pay the heavy taxes all Asian states impose on manufacture and sale of spirits.. Where Buddhist influence is paramount, the Asian's liking for a drink is fortified by age- old proverbs. "A man without drink is like a flag without runs an old saying in Vietnam. In the country's folklore 'calendar, the month for drinking precedes the one for work. In Burma, a proverb has it that "he who drinks is a prince among men, but he who doesn't is a mere draught animal." Researchers developing new contraceptive CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Scientists say they have developed a self-dissolving birth control capsule that is expected to work for at least a year when im- planted under a woman's skin. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say the capsules, designed to eliminate the need to remove a plastic shell after the contraceptive is exhausted, have so far proved 100 per cent effective in rats and dogs. They estimate that testing in humans is three years away. In addition to eliminating the need to take a pill daily, the scientists say their system may have fewer unpleasant side effects. Older-style plastic capsules designed for long-term contraception must be removed after their contents are exhausted and sometimes cause irritation under the skin. Dr. Paul Newberne, a professor of nutritional pathology at MIT who leads the development team for the capsule, said it is absorbed by the body in much the same way as internal sutures used in surgery. The capsule is made of restructured two naturally occuring body substances. These polymers are imbedded with norgestrel, a steriod hormone safely used for years in oral contraceptives. Dr. Newberne said the researchers use a device that looks like a giant hypodermic syringe to place the cap- sule under the skin in the lower back. Once in place, the rigid capsule softens and is hardly noticeable un- der the skin. CANADIAN FURRIERS January Fur Sale Now Is the time to purchase your new fur... Selection is tremendous BUY NOW AND SAVE Canada Majestic Pastel Mink Full Length Coats January Sale Muskrat Pant Coats Persian Lamb Coats Dyed Black and Grey January Sale Mink Tail Pant Coats Sale Priced SHOP THURSDAY TILL 9 P.M. CANADIAN FURRIERS Paramount Theatre Bldg. 4th Ave. S. While drinking among men is common and increasing, Asian societies still look ask- ance at women cept in Japan. Yet the num- ber of drinking women shows a gradual increase, particu- larly in upper and lower in- come brackets. Middle-class women rarely drink. In rural areas of the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, fermented coconut or palm juice share favor with rice wine. Among Western-influenced middle classes in Asian cities, beer is a preferred drink. Whisky and brandy, brought to Asia in colonial days, still are favored drinks and status symbols for high government officials, diplomats and a new class of businessmen. High excise duties are lev- ied as a matter of morality and economic expediency. To those who advocate pro- hibition, governments reply that they are doing all they can to discourage drinking by punitive taxes. Most federal states in India have relaxed dry laws, pro- claimed under the influence of the late Mohardas K. Gandhi 27 years ago when India became independent. A Burmese state-owned en- terprise manufactures toddy, rice wine and "foreign li- quors" like beer, whisky, brandy and rum. In Sri Lanka state firms control the production and dis- tribution of arrack, a popular drink distilled from toddy. BARS ALWAYS OPEN In Thailand, where 90 per cent of some 37 million in- habitants are Buddhists, drinks are available day and night. The only official ban on drinking is for one hour in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. Only a few ho- tels observe the rule. Malaysia's population is split between Moslem non- drinkers and non-Moslem drinkers. While some are in- hibited by Islamic teachings, roughly 50 per cent of an esti- mated 13 million Malaysians are either ethnic Chinese or Indians unaffected by such constraints. Reports suggest that drink- ing is on the increase in af- fluent Japan and Taiwan, the British colony of Hong Kong and the Philippine and In- donesian archipelagos. An estimated 61.4 per cent of Japanese drink locally brewed beer but another 29.8 per cent remain faithful to the traditional sake or rice wine. Exclusive bars for women are common in Tokyo and other big Japanese cities. In Hong Kong, a liquor sales manager says the colony reached a record con1 sumption of 5.7 million bottles of brandy alone last per-capita consumption more than four times that i.'f France. Personal achievement programs on-going Family going awry? Work bringing no progress or satisfaction? Personal life a maze of problems? Personal achievement programs sponsored by the Centre for Personal and Com- munity Development are designed to help Lethbridge residents work their way through such situations. Although courses begin this week, CPCD Director Tony Tobin says the program is on going and interested persons may still register. He describes the personal achievement programs as "counselling with a personal growth emphasis." "People having situational or personal difficulties are more than welcome to give us a phone adds Mr.Tobin. A preventive social service, CPCD goals are to develop resources of community residents and stimulate per- sonal and community growth. More information about CPCD programs may be ob- tained by calling 327-5724. The Lcthbriclcie Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, January 8, 1975 Pages 33-40 No order from Crawford: Birth control centre acted on its own By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Neil Crawford, minister of health and social development, has never directly ordered or forc- ed the removal of informational material from the Lethbridge Birth Control and Information Centre, says an Edmonton preventive social ser- vices consultant. John Saunders of Edmonton, who is responsi- ble for provincial municipal preventive programs in Lethbridge, says there was "definitely no ministerial directive" issued last spring, telling the BCIC to cease distribution of controversial sex education comics written by U.S. physician, Sol Gordon. Two recent Herald Letters to the Editor attributed to Mr. Crawford removal of literature from the BCIC. "The matter was raised in the says Mr. Saunders, "and the minister asked me, as his government contact, to find out what was going on, to see what the problem was. "The centre was using the comic books only in specific instances, not handing them out tov everyone, just to limited distribution. They didn't even have them on the shelves. I asked to see them, just for my own information, and was told the centre had already discontinued their distribution and a policy review regarding infor- mation pamphlets was being made." Mr. Saunders says the centre's decision to cur- tail use of the comics at their own volition is the way preventive social services programs are meant to operate. "We don't want to step in and he says. "Although we're funding on a 80 to 20 per- cent basis (with the province paying the larger portion, the municipal government the we feel those kinds of decisions should be made locally." Mr. Saunders says the comics in question are "used by many agencies" and sanctioned by the federal government. Marg Koep, who was a member of the BCIC board of directors last spring when the comic book controversy arose, says the centre was never "forced" to withdraw the comics and in fact, had done so before being contacted by Ed- monton. "A Lethbridge citizen complained of the material to Mr. she says, "who then introduced the matter in the legislature." Ms. Koep says that when Judy Burgess, then the director of the centre, realized the comics appeared to be distasteful to a segment of the community, she ceased using them. Pauline Hoskin, current director of the BCIC, says all new material received by the centre is now reviewed by the entire board of directors, and judged as a suitability and educational value. "The decision for distribution is made on the basis-of the age group to which the material would be made available and also with respect to the type of problem explains Ms. Hoskin. "Any material we distribute now has the full sanction of the board." She says the board reviews two or three educational publications each month. The BCIC makes available data and pamphlets on six different topics, including birth control and venereal disease. "The vast majority of our material is picked up in person, by those who visit the says Ms. Hoskin, "but we will also mail out specific information on request.'" 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