11. December 2015 · Comments Off on Russian ski resort · Categories: Updates

Russian ski resort – lions, camels and time traveling


At last I was in the mountains. Every year I used to see people around me, who suddenly appeared in the middle of the harsh Estonian winter in with some tanned sunglasses on. Coming somewhere from the Alps. Now it was my turn, here in the Caucasus, under the watchful eye of Elbrus in Dombai.

Of course, I had great fear at the first day. I still didnt know how to properly adjust my legs when I already had to sligh down along the soft bowl. When the speed went too fast, I could just fall down to break my ride.

However, when we got down from the high end of life, I decided to try a new momentum the next day. With just a couple of numbers smaller boots. Another day, another beginning. I put on headphones to play Maserati or some old Black Sabbath and the adrenaline became a new friend of mine. But Dombai is not an aveage ski resort. Here is the village the streets are lined with babuška who sell home-made jams, honey and airon (yogurt-like drink), wool socks, hats and scarves, sheepskins, and fifteen mixed tea plant for effective treatment.

In addition, I think you could only find from Dombai interesting quirks like a caged lion in the mountains or a camel. Let’s ask the brother of the owner of the hotel – why a lion. (animal rights fighters, please skip the following line).“Just no reason (Prosta)! My brother loves pets.”And so the lion freezes in the snow, hangs out in 3x3m size cage and chews some bloody bone.

When you step inside the same hotel, you can travel back in time exactly 32 years – this is just how long the largest hotel in Dombai has not seen any renovation. All stands still since 1976.  At the time it used to be a 5 star hotel and better than any other in the West. Although a bit dull and rusty, the internal design attracts my eye. Square, monumental, ugly. In other words, exotic.

But as we didn’t have any money for hotel, we decided to rent a Khrushchev’s cheap apartment.Dombai lies in Karachay-Cherkessia republic in and local karachaivski speak their own language. Welcome is Salam Alaikum. In order to learn the difficult word- karachaivski –  you can buy a bottle of beer and stare at the karachaivski tag until the bottle runs out.

This is how old men with thick golden neckglesses stare their bottles of beer sitting up in the mountains with their naked torso, enjoying good life. The sun was not so generous with white Estonian girls. By the second evening we were all with red and swollen face. Riina, poor thing would have got a severe diagnosis from the doctor: the becoming of a turtle.


The next day, he wore a mask and at the time we needed to negotiate something she politely turned her back.

14. February 2015 · Comments Off on Hawk: Can Stop Bird Strikes? · Categories: Updates

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03. September 2014 · Comments Off on Bird Striking At LaGuardia · Categories: Updates

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23. January 2013 · Comments Off on How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? · Categories: Updates

What to watch for the next time you’re drinking

Many people don’t realize how much alcohol is actually in their drink they order at the bar or at a restaurant, and not knowing can cause problems.  Being aware of what you can handle and how much you are drinking can not only keep you out of trouble, it can help prevent any health issues related to healthy drinking.

A Standard Drink

There is a very clear definition of what a standard drink is, and many people may not know what that is.  The definition of a standard drink is “any drink that has 14 grams (0.6 fluid ounces) of pure alcohol.”  However, the actual amount of alcohol may be wildly different depending on what drink you order and even where you order it.  Below is a quick guide as to what makes a standard drink.

  • Beer – 12 fluid ounces of regular beer (5% alcohol)
  • Malt Liquor – 8-9 fluid ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol)
  • Wine – 5 fluid ounces of table wine (12% alcohol), and 3-4 fluid ounces of fortified wine (17% alcohol)
  • Cordial – 2-3 fluid ounces of cordial (24% alcohol)
  • Brandy – 1.5 fluid ounces of brandy (40% alcohol)
  • Spirits – 1.5 fluid ounces of hard liquor (40% alcohol)

As you can see, the amount you can drink for each kind of alcohol varies greatly.  Many of these drinks may have more or less alcohol in them, so it is important to keep that in mind when drinking.

You also need to be aware of the volume of the drink – mixed drinks at bars and restaurants may have the equivalent of multiple drinks in them, although it may seem like you are drinking only one.  Always be aware of what is in your drink and how much of it you are drinking.

Low Risk vs. High Risk Drinking Habits

As there are clear definitions as to what standard drinks are, there are very clear definitions of what low risk and high risk drinking means.  For men, low risk drinking means that you have no more than four drinks on any given day, and no more than fourteen drinks in a single week.  In order to be at low risk drinking, it is important to follow both of these guidelines, not one or the other.

For women the numbers are slightly smaller.  Low risk drinking means no more than three drinks on any given day, and no more than seven drinks in a single week.  Again, to stay at low risk, you need to follow both of these guidelines.

While these drinking habits help keep you safe, it certainly does not eliminate the risks of drinking.  If someone drinks too quickly, has other health issues, or are elderly, these guidelines may still pose some risks.  Be aware of what you can handle if you can drink at all, and always be aware of how much you are drinking.

There are instances when you should not drink at all, including when you’re taking prescription medications, have a medical condition that may be worsened by alcohol, if you are planning to drive, if you’re underage, and if you’re pregnant.

High risk drinking (also known as heavy drinking) is fairly easy to understand if you already know what low risk drinking is – anything over four drinks a day or fourteen per week for men and anything over three drinks a day or seven a week for women constitutes high risk drinking.

The Risks of Drinking

There are plenty of risks that come along with drinking, especially if you are a heavy drinker.  While light drinking is good for the heart, heavy drinking can cause a wide range of issues.

Alcohol abuse is a serious problem in the United States, and drinking heavily on a regular basis can quickly lead to alcohol dependency.  Alcoholism not only impacts the person that chooses to drink, it impacts everyone around them.

Birth defects are also another side effect of drinking, which is why you should not drink if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.  Alcohol can greatly hinder the development of the baby and may cause serious brain defects.

Aside from alcohol dependency, heavy drinking can cause many other health problems.  People who drink heavily on a regular basis are at a much higher risk for heart disease, stroke, depression, sleep disorders, and many other serious health issues.

At Meridian Treatment Solutions, we provide the best treatment possible in a world class alcohol rehab facility. We have the support you need in a comfortable facility.  If you or someone you love has an alcohol dependency, be sure to get in touch with us today to get them the help they deserve.  Alcohol abuse is a problem that we can help fix together.

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