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  • "World's Oldest" Cognac Opened in Poland

    11/26/2015 8:23:52 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 26th November, 2015 | Kristiane Sherry
    "World's Oldest" Cognac Opened in Poland What is thought to be the world's oldest Cognac sold at auction was opened in Poland recently to inaugurate a partnership between a Swiss watchmaker and a corporate collector. The Gautier Cognac was purchased by collector Wealth Solutions in 2014 during an auction of rare wines and liquors organised by Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers in New York. The bottle itself dates back to 1762 and was recognised as the oldest Cognac sold at public auction to-date when it went under the hammer. It was opened during a ceremony to mark the partnership...
  • Report: Dog bites officer during traffic stop, arrest

    11/24/2015 12:08:54 PM PST · by aomagrat · 11 replies
    WIS TV ^ | 24 November 2015 | Michael Turner
    HOLLY HILL, SC (WIS) - Two Eutawville residents are facing multiple felony charges after police say their dog bit an officer during an arrest. According to the incident report, Scott Jones, 24, and Kayla Wallace, 26, were arrested Saturday afternoon after two citizens reported a tan Cadillac with a beat-up front end almost struck the doors of the CVS on Old State Road and then ran over a curb. The report states an officer found the vehicle and pulled it over to check on the occupants. After pulling over the vehicle, Jones told the officer he didn’t have a valid...
  • Prayer request for my Brother

    11/20/2015 6:08:30 PM PST · by Ouchthatonehurt · 65 replies
    today | self
    Please pray for my brother tonight as he checks himself into the hospital for alcohol abuse. He recently lost his job while at the same time celebrating the birth of his third child. He feels lost and inadequate.
  • How do you smuggle 48,000 cans of Heineken into Saudi Arabia? Disguise it as Pepsi.

    11/12/2015 7:46:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2015 | Adam Taylor
    <p>Legally, alcohol is banned in Saudi Arabia. In reality, however, there are people in the country who drink.</p> <p>If you're wondering how exactly they actually get that alcohol, consider the multiple reports in the Saudi press today that describe how the Saudi authorities at border with United Arab Emirates caught a man with 48,000 cans of Heineken – all disguised as Pepsi cola.</p>
  • Middle-aged whites in US dying at a startling rate

    11/03/2015 12:47:17 PM PST · by mojito · 77 replies
    Daily Journal/WaPo ^ | 11/3/2015 | Lenny Bernstein and Joel Achenbach
    A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, reversing decades of progress, according to a new review of statistics published Monday. The mortality rate for white men and women between the ages of 45 and 54 with less than a college education increased by half a percent per year between 1999 and 2013, most likely because of problems with legal and illegal drugs, alcohol, and suicide, according to the study released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.... The rising death rate was accompanied by a parallel increase...
  • Death Rates Rising for Middle-Aged White Americans, Study Finds

    11/02/2015 6:35:08 PM PST · by ruination · 155 replies
    NYT ^ | 11/02/2015 | Gina Kolata
    Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group, unlike their counterparts in other rich countries, death rates in this group have been rising, not falling. That finding was reported Monday by two Princeton economists, Angus Deaton, who last month won the 2015 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, and Anne Case. Analyzing health and mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from other sources, they concluded that rising annual death rates among this group are being driven not by the big killers like heart...
  • Muslim truckers who refused to deliver alcohol awarded $240,000

    10/30/2015 2:17:29 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    A jury has awarded $240,000 to two Muslim men who say they were fired from an Illinois trucking company after refusing to deliver alcohol. A judge found Morton-based Star Transport Inc. violated the religious beliefs of Mahad Abass Mohamed and Abdikarim Hassan Bulshale. A trial to determine whether they were entitled to damages ended Oct. 20 with the jury's judgment. A 2013 lawsuit filed by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the men wouldn't deliver alcohol because it was against their religious values as practicing Muslims. The lawsuit claimed the company didn't provide them "with a reasonable accommodation and by...
  • Marijuana Use Doubles in U.S., But So Do Problems

    10/21/2015 2:51:07 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 218 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/21/2015 | Maggie Fox
    Marijuana use has more than doubled in the U.S. since the beginning of the century but so have problems for users, including addiction, researchers reported Wednesday. ~snip~ "The prevalence of marijuana use more than doubled between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, and there was a large increase in marijuana use disorders during that time," they wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Psychiatry. "Young adults were at highest risk for marijuana use disorder." "While not all marijuana users experience problems, nearly three of 10 marijuana users manifested a marijuana use disorder in 2012-2013." That adds up to 6.8...
  • Month off drinking slashes risk of disease

    10/26/2015 4:45:03 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Oct. 25, 2015 | COREY CHARLTON
    Full title: "Month off drinking slashes risk of disease: Abstaining found to heal the liver and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels" Drinkers should take a month off alcohol to prevent serious illness in later life, doctors warned yesterday. They cited dramatic British research showing how abstention can heal the liver and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Patients who gave up for four weeks were also at lower risk of developing cancer and diabetes.
  • $240,000 jury award to Muslim truck drivers who were fired for refusing to transport alcohol

    10/23/2015 6:55:33 PM PDT · by PROCON · 38 replies
    WAPO ^ | Oct. 23, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    One more data point on the When does your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job? question like it or not, under American law, employers sometimes do have to excuse employees from tasks that the employees find religiously objectionable. Tuesday, two Muslim truck drivers who were fired for refusing to deliver shipments containing alcohol were awarded $40,000 in compensatory damages and $200,000 in punitive damages by the jury in their discrimination claim. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought suit on their behalf (EEOC v. Star Transport Co., Inc. (N.D. Ill.)), arguing that the employer had failed...
  • The Debate Is Over! How Much Alcohol Can Women Really Drink While Pregnant?

    10/20/2015 1:09:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    KFOR ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2015 | Heather Holeman
    If your doctor has ever told you that small amounts of alcohol are safe to drink during pregnancy, a new report is proving them wrong. The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a new report in the journal Pediatrics. No amount of alcohol, whether wine, beer, or liquor, is safe to drink while pregnant, no matter the trimester. While research shows that most women cut out alcohol completely during pregnancy, the report states that a small percentage of mothers-to-be admit they continue to drink, while some even admit to binge drinking. According to Live Science, Dr. Janet F. Williams, one...
  • Saudi Arabia drinking: The risks expats take for a tipple

    10/15/2015 5:36:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 13, 2015 | Mario Cacciottolo
    The issue of drinking alcohol in Saudi Arabia has come sharply into focus once again after a British man was caught with homemade wine. Karl Andree, 74, was arrested by Saudi religious police and has spent more than a year in prison - it had been reported that he was also facing 360 lashes but it has since emerged that he was going to be spared flogging because of his age and ill-health. Alcohol is prohibited in Saudi Arabia and the Foreign Office warns Britons not to flout these rules - but how easy is it to get your hands...
  • 350 Lashes for a British Grandfather is the Cost of doing Business with Saudi Arabia

    10/13/2015 9:06:35 AM PDT · by Cecily · 39 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | October 13, 2015 | James Kirup
    First things first. Im not in any way condoning the act of mediaeval barbarity that the Saudi authorities are reportedly planning to inflict on Karl Andree, a 74-year-old British citizen. Its savagery dressed up as justice, plain and simple. And yet. We have to be realistic about this case, and about our dealings with Saudi Arabia. Bluntly, 350 lashes for a British grandfather is the cost of doing business with the Saudis.
  • We still dont get what to do about drugs

    10/11/2015 10:10:43 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/11/15 | Bruce Karlson
    One word can sometimes change the way one views things. To wit: if one adds the word other to alcohol and drugs (alcohol and other drugs) ones perspective is likely to change. The failure to use it in normal parlance speaks to an arbitrary distinction that has for too long been accepted. It is difficult to argue that alcohol is not a drug and the same applies to nicotine. Further, like almost all recreational drugs, they offer an immediate high followed by a low as the pleasure chemicals oscillate back to stasis. Weed, cocaine, heroin (OXY) etc. do exactly the...
  • CC Sabathia: I have a drinking problem and need help

    10/05/2015 12:23:10 PM PDT · by oh8eleven · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 5, 2015 | Justin Terranova
    Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia announced he is checking himself into an alcohol rehab center. The team released the shocking statement Monday, one day before the Yankees start their postseason against the Astros in the wild-card game.
  • Ham Sandwiches And Sausage Rolls May Be Banned From Office Kitchens For Being Offensive

    10/05/2015 10:10:17 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 101 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 5, 2015 | Andy Wells
    Kitchens that are shared between office workers may soon be banned from storing pork products like sausage rolls over fears that they are offensive. New guidelines proposed by interfaith group CoExist House say that employers should consider workers religions before allowing ham sandwiches placed in the fridge alongside other products. The group also suggests that alcohol should not be served at corporate events in case it upsets members of certain faiths.
  • Drunk Driver Sentenced to Spend Victims Birthday in Jail

    09/30/2015 2:39:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    WWLP ^ | September 30, 2015 | Clare Kaley
    A Waupaca County woman who struck and killed an 18-year-old man will spend his birthday in jail, as well as the anniversary of the day she hit Dylan and every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for the next 10 years. A judge sentenced 40-year-old Heather Schmidt on Wednesday for the death of Dylan Thorne three years ago. Prosecutors say Schmidts blood-alcohol level measured twice the legal limit after she hit

    09/25/2015 6:14:53 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 43 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 9/25/15 | Daniel Greenfield
    Hygiene isn't Halal Immigration is all about diversity and cultural enrichment. And this Muslim eatery enriched the UK with a new strain of Ecoli that sent customers to the hospital because handwashing was Haram. A teenage girl almost died and more than 140 others were taken severely ill after contracting a E.coli in a filthy takeaway where staff did not wash their hands after going to the toilet. 142 customers who ate at the Khyber Pass in Hyson Green, Nottingham, suffered with nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea after the outbreak last June, and a 13-year-old girl was left so ill that...
  • New diversity for lager beers

    09/25/2015 1:49:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    phys.org ^ | September 25, 2015 | Provided by: American Society for Microbiology
    Unlike ales, lager beers differ little in flavor. But now, by creating new crosses among the relevant yeasts, Kevin Verstrepen, PhD, Stijn Mertens, and their collaborators have opened up new horizons of taste. The research is published in the September 25 Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The relative uniformity of flavor among lagers turned out to result in significant part from a lack of genetic diversity among the yeasts. Genetic studies showed that lager yeasts had resulted from just two crosses between the parent yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and S. eubayanus. The problem was...
  • New York City Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder in Drunken Shooting

    09/23/2015 8:52:13 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | 9-22-15 | Al Baker
    A New York City police officer pleaded guilty to attempted murder on Tuesday for firing a barrage of bullets at a car in Westchester County last year, an unprompted, drunken attack that seriously injured a 47-year-old passenger. Under a plea deal, the officer, Brendan Cronin, 28, will be sentenced to nine years in state prison in December, a spokesman for the Westchester district attorney, Janet DiFiore, said. The plea occurred in State Supreme Court in White Plains, the spokesman said. The shooting, shortly before midnight on April 29, 2014, came amid a series of alcohol-fueled episodes involving off-duty police officers,...
  • Muslim Migrants Demand End to Oktoberfest [semi-satire]

    09/22/2015 4:49:18 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Sep 2015 | John Semmens
    Muslim immigrants living in Germany are petitioning the government for a ban on the annual Oktoberfest. The 16-day festival held in Bavaria is viewed as anti-Muslim since one of its main activities is drinking beer. Were not against the Christians drinking alcohol in private, petitioner Iham Faakhir. But these public displays are an insult to our faith. Faakhir portrayed his petition as an act of restraint. For now we are abiding by the western political practice of peacefully asserting our demand. But the kafirs should not try our patience. Sharia law gives us the right to impose morality by force...
  • Who Is Lori Ann Fiorina? Carlys Stepdaughter Died Of Drug Overdose, Battled Addiction, Like Million

    09/19/2015 8:12:31 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 124 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 17, 2015 9:24 AM EDT | Elizabeth Whitman
    The loss of her stepdaughter, Lori Ann Fiorina, to addiction in 2009. It may be unusual for a public figure to share such personal tragedies so openly, but death by drug overdose is not uncommon in the United States. We need to tell young people the truth. Drug addiction is an epidemic, and it is taking too many of our young people, Fiorina said during the debate. My husband Frank and I buried a child to drug addiction. Wednesdays debate was not the first time Fiorina brought up the death of her stepdaughter, whom she had known since Lori was...
  • Woman Left Close to Death, Forced to Have Stomach Removed After Drinking Shot (Liquid Nitrogen)

    09/18/2015 6:30:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 | K. QUERRY
    A wine bar and bistro is being fined over 100,000 pounds for causing a woman severe injuries. According to the BBC, Gaby Scanlon was celebrating her 18th birthday at Oscars Wine Bar & Bistro in 2012. During the celebration, a bartender gave Scanlon a Nitro-Jagermeister, which contains liquid nitrogen. I turned to the man and asked if it was okay to drink. He said, Yes, Scanlon testified in court. Smoke was coming from my nose and mouth. Straight away, I knew something was not right. My stomach expanded. She was immediately rushed to the hospital, where doctors say she was...
  • Too much iron in food?

    09/16/2015 8:49:27 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 26 replies
    I recently went on a low cholesterol and low sugar diet. Carbs were ok but I wanted to lose weight and tone muscle. It was short term (6 to 8 months?) but I started eating egg whites. Couple dozen a week. Whole wheat bread. Couple loaves a week. Tuna. Up to 2 cans a day. And my snack was a large bowl of cheerios or corn flakes. I had some blood work done for my new PCP and they discovered my iron level is/was 3 times normal. Now I discover the foods I was eating are rich in iron, with...
  • Man Allegedly Armed With Pipe Shot Dead by Ontario (CA) Police

    09/05/2015 7:52:03 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies
    NBCLOSANGELES.com ^ | 9/5/15 | Willian Avila
    Police fatally shot a man allegedly armed with a metal pipe after responding to a domestic violence call in Ontario on Saturday, officials said. Officers were called just before 4 p.m. to the 400 block of Philadelphia Street, according to the Ontario Police Department. When they arrived, the man allegedly charged at them. The man died from his wounds. The shooting was under investigation.
  • Muslim Civil Liberties Group Claims Airline Violated Flight Attendants Constitutional Rights

    09/05/2015 2:28:23 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 28 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | September 1, 2015 | Unattributed
    FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ) A Muslim flight attendant has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEO) claiming she was suspended from her job for not serving alcohol which is against her religious beliefs. Lena Masri, an attorney for the Council of American Islamic Relations Michigan (CAIR), says Charee Stanley followed managements directions, working out an arrangement with her coworkers to accommodate passenger requests for alcohol. However, Masri said, ExpressJet Airlines put Stanley on administrative leave after another attendant filed an Islamophobic complaint that referenced Stanleys head scarf. We notified ExpressJet Airlines of its obligation under...
  • Muslima Stewardess Refuses to Serve Alcohol, Hamas-CAIR Claims Airline Violated Her...

    09/01/2015 5:22:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/1/15 | Pamela Geller
    Another Muslim workplace lawsuit from CAIR in order to impose Islam on the workplace. This is what they do.A Muslim flight attendant has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claiming she was suspended from her job for not serving alcohol. Why would a devout Muslim want to be a flight attendant when half your job is serving alcohol?This is just like the devout Muslim who sued soft porn retailer Abercrombie and Fitch because she wanted to wear the hijab.The EEOC is suing Star Transport for rightfully terminating two Muslims who refused to do their job....
  • Donald Trump Opens Up About His Brother's Alcoholism

    08/28/2015 4:06:44 PM PDT · by JediJones · 28 replies
    StarPulse.com ^ | 2/10/2011 | StarPulse.com
    The tycoon-turned-reality TV star watched his older sibling struggle for years with a alcohol problem, which eventually claimed his life. And the 64 year old admits he has never been tempted to sip even a drop of alcohol, after his brother repeatedly warned him to stay away from the bottle. He tells Piers Morgan, "I've never had drugs. I've never had a cigarette and I don't drink coffee. I have other problems, I guess! "I had an older brother named Fred...he started drinking. It got worse and worse. He also smoked a lot. "He was about 10 years older and...
  • Wine train apologizes to black womens book club after allegations of racism

    08/26/2015 6:17:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    Members of the book group, sporting matching gray T-shirts and broad grins, boarded the Napa Valley Wine Train in high spirits Saturday. The train is leaving the station! Choo choo! member Lisa Johnson posted on her Facebook page, captioning a picture of five glasses of burgundy liquid clinking together. But not long into the trip train staff began asking them to quiet down. Before the journey was half over, they were escorted off the train, where police officers were waiting for them, according to the Associated Press. We didnt do anything wrong and we still feel this is about race....
  • Napa wine tour accused of racism after kicking out a group of black women for 'laughing too

    08/25/2015 6:25:49 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 81 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | August 24, 2015 | Chris Spargo
    A group of black women from a book club were kicked off a wine tour in Napa at the weekend - sparking accusations of racism on the company's part. One of the women, Lisa Johnson, said it was 'humiliating' when she and her friends were escorted off the Napa Valley Wine Train by a police officer. The company said the women had been spoken to several times by the train manager after complaints from other customers that they were laughing and talking too loudly. But one passenger who witnessed the incident later claimed that it was clearly racially motivated. The...
  • Eleven Black Women Were Kicked Off a Train for Laughing Too Loud

    08/25/2015 7:35:06 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 93 replies
    Vice ^ | 8-25-2015 | Scott Pierce
    Getting wine-drunk on a train in Napa Valley sounds pretty good if you're the guys from Sideways or the parents in Bob's Burgers, but it's apparently a lot less fun if you're a black woman with a loud laugh. A group of 11 women, members of the Sistahs on the Edge book club, were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train last Saturday for allegedly being too loud and disturbing other passengersbut the women say it was because of their race. One of the book club's members, Lisa Johnson, chronicled the event on Facebook, igniting an outcry across social media...
  • Book Club: Racism Got Us Kicked Off Wine Train

    08/24/2015 2:27:50 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 40 replies
    Newser ^ | 8/24/15 | Jenn Gidman
    Members of a book club out for a ride through California wine country say they endured a "humiliating" experience Saturday when they were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The women from the Sistahs on the Reading Edge club10 of them black, one white, per the Napa Valley Registersay they were racially targeted for laughing and talking too loud. "It was humiliating," Lisa Johnson tells the Chronicle. "I'm really offended. ... I felt like it was a racist attack on us." Johnson, who posted photos on Facebook, says members of her group, all seated...
  • Harry Connick Jr.'s Daughter Charged With Providing Alcohol to Minors at New Canaan House Party

    08/19/2015 9:45:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 08/19/2015 | Jessie Sawyer
    Musician/actor and American Idol judge, Harry Connick Jr.'s daughter is accused of providing alcohol to underage guests at a party she hosted this past weekend at her family's New Canaan home while her parents were away, according to New Canaan police. Georgia Connick, 19, faces charges of permitting minors to possess alcohol and procuring alcohol for minors, according to New Canaan police. Someone called police just after 1 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15 to report underage drinking was going on at a party at the Connick family's West Road house in New Canaan. When police arrived, they discovered a lot...
  • A Toast to Fitness: Hiking Plus Wine Hits the Spot

    08/15/2015 3:07:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | Mary Orlin | August 14, 2015
    On a warm, sunny Sunday morning, a hiking group gathers in the parking lot of Saratoga, Calif.s, Sanborn County Park. Folks are decked out in hats, backpacks and hiking boots. Some carry poles, others water bottles in preparation for an 11-mile hike through the redwoods. But whether theyre seasoned hikers or newcomers to the Great Hikes Plus One club, theyre all here for two reasons: They want to socialize while doing something active outdoors. Then afterward, theres a picnic at a Santa Cruz Mountains winery nearby. Its a powerful incentive. The Bay Area is a haven for hikers. Google Bay...
  • Sonoma County locals with bars in their backyard (BREAKING)

    08/14/2015 12:29:58 PM PDT · by rey · 30 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 14 Aug 2015 | MEG MCCONAHEY
    Greg and Jen Espinoza fly to Hawaii as often as they can. Their idea of the perfect vacation is sipping mai tais on a tropical island. But when they cant get away they do the next best thing they sail off to Pink Pearls Lagoon, right in their own backyard. Pearls is their personal tiki bar, a hangout for friends, family and neighbors, just beyond their sliding glass doors. Greg built it himself out of bamboo he picked up cheap years ago at the old Yardbirds going-out-of-business sale. Over the years theyve added personal touches, like a Bourbon Street...
  • Seattle teacher who drank alcohol on field trip fired

    08/11/2015 12:49:02 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 33 replies
    Komonews.com ^ | 8/7/15 | KOMO News staff
    UPDATE: Carol Burton, the popular Garfield High School choir teacher who admitted to drinking alcohol on a school field trip, has been fired, according to Seattle Public Schools. In a Friday night news release, the district said it had found "that probable cause existed to terminate" Burton's employment. SEATTLE - A popular Seattle choir teacher - who admits to drinking during a school trip - believes that she's going to be fired. "I had 2 alcoholic beverages on this trip and they are, without a doubt, the most expensive drinks I've ever had in my life. They are costing my...
  • Vegemite (Australian Marmite) Could Be Banned Because People Are Using it to Make Moonshine

    08/09/2015 6:15:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 76 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Sunday 9 Aug 2015 | Carri-Ann Taylor
    The days of Vegemite, the Australian equivalent to Marmite, could be numbered down-under because people are using it to make moonshine. Just like its British counter-part the love-it-or-hate-it sticky spread is somewhat of a cultural favourite. But Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, said its sale should be restricted in remote communities where alcohol is banned. He went as far as describing the spread as a precursor to misery, claiming kids were too hung over to go to school and blaming it for a spike in domestic violence cases. Mr Scullion says in communities where alcohol is banned because of addiction...
  • Rick Santorum's son charged with DWI (tr)

    08/06/2015 9:48:13 AM PDT · by dware · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08.06.2015 | Wills Robinson
    Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's son was charged with DWI after getting behind the wheel almost twice the legal limit. Richard John Santorum, Jr, known as John, was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in suburban Virginia at about midnight on July 11. The 22-year-old cadet at the Citadel, the esteemed Military College of South Carolina, had 'glassy eyes', 'slurred speech' and 'showed specific signs of impairment', according to a police report seen by CNN Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3186993/Rick-Santorum-s-son-charged-DWI-police-stop-driv.html#ixzz3i3RNsZoh Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • China investigating liquor suppliers for Viagra in alcohol

    08/03/2015 1:42:35 PM PDT · by Bob · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 03, 2015 | Reuters
    BEIJING Chinese police are investigating if two distillers in the southwestern region of Guangxi added impotence treatment drug Viagra to their liquor in the latest food-safety scare in China. The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said that it found the Guikun Alcohol Plant and the Deshun Alcohol Plant in Guangxi's Liuzhou city were putting Sildenafil, more commonly known as Viagra, into three of their baijiu products. Baijiu is a fiery grain liquor that commands high prices in China.
  • 2 Teen Girls Die From Apparent Overdoses at Hard Summer Music Festival in Pomona

    08/02/2015 10:35:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ktla ^ | Ashley Soley-Cerro,
    The sold-out two-day festival continued Sunday at the Fairplex, located at 1101 West McKinley Ave. (map). The teens deaths were not the first for the Hard festival. Another 19-year-old woman died from a suspected overdose at the same festival in 2014 when it was held in South El Monte. That same year, 24-year-old Kimchi Truong of Oakland died from an apparent drug or alcohol overdose at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
  • Suntory Plans Space-Aged Whisky

    07/31/2015 10:43:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | Jul 31, 2015 | By Jun Hongo
    Not content with having the best whisky in the world, Suntory Holdings Ltd. plans to take its whisky out of this world and into space. The Japanese brewing and distilling company said this week it would send a total of six samples of its whiskies and other alcoholic beverages to the International Space Station, where they will be kept for at least a year to study the effect zero gravity has on aging. According to a spokesman at the company, the samples, which will be carried in glass flasks, will include both a 21-year-old single malt and a beverage that...
  • New York Dem Rep Proposes Bill Requiring Automakers To Install Breathalyzers In Cars

    07/23/2015 6:01:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/23/15 | Kerry Picket
    New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice announced recently she will drop legislation mandating American automakers to install ignition interlock technology in all new cars that detects a drivers blood alcohol content (BAC) and block the engine from starting if the drivers BAC is above the legal limit.Advancing the progress weve made combating drunk driving demands bold action, Rice said in a press release.It demands that we take a stand and say we refuse to keep letting drunk drivers take 10,000 lives each year. We refuse to keep seeing families torn apart when we know we can do more to prevent...

    07/14/2015 4:12:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015 | ZACH FOWLE
    A few years ago, I helped open a World of Beer location in the Chicago suburb of Evanston. On opening night, we had 49 taps flowing mostly local brews: Revolution, Goose Island, Three Floyds. But one local draft, belonging to a mysterious little brewery called Small Town, was getting much more attention than the others. Its popularity surprised us, because A) no one had ever heard of Small Town Brewery, and B) the beer wasnt beer at all, but root beer. A kick-your-ass 19.5 percent ABV root beer. Though we served the boozy brew in 10-ounce snifters the standard...
  • Ex-Disney performer placed firework on head upside down before he died, authorities say

    07/07/2015 12:56:25 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 96 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 6 2015 | By Steven Lemongello
    Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in a friend's backyard in rural Calais, Maine, when Staples died instantly of a fatal head injury, said Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. On Monday officials released new information about the incident. "He placed the firework in the (mortar) tube upside down," McCausland said. "And rather than being projected upwards, it projected into his skull."
  • Fourth of July reveller is killed during attempt to launch a firework off his HEAD

    07/05/2015 9:06:48 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/05/15
    Devon Staples, 22, died on Saturday night after he tried to launch a firework from his head in the backyard of a friends home Police say Staples placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, injuring his head and killing him instantly Staples and his friends had been drinking prior to the accident
  • Why Your Keurig Is Your New Favorite Bartender

    07/04/2015 9:02:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 4, 2015 | Jackie Cooperman
    Is your kitchen crammed with tools and appliances you rarely put to use? Give them a new job: cocktails! Sure, your French press was meant for making coffee not sangria but its actually perfect for whipping up the latter. Heres a recipe for doing just that and three more hacks for using common appliances to put fresh twists on summer sippers. Sure, its meant for making fruit and veggie smoothies, but the NutriBullet is also a great summer drinks tool, says Yusef Austin, cocktail architect for BR Guest Hospitality, which includes Dos Caminos.
  • Americas Drunkest States

    07/02/2015 1:17:06 PM PDT · by detective · 53 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 06.29.15 | James Joiner
    New study shows where we drink the most, and whos doing it. A new study has been released that tells us a lot about our nations drinking habits. Which states drink a lot? Which house the most teetotalers? Where do you fall? See below:
  • This One Eye Color Is aAsociated with Higher Rates of Alcohol Dependence

    07/02/2015 5:51:21 AM PDT · by Oratam · 54 replies
    MSN.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Svati Kirsten Narula
    Geneticists at the University of Vermont have revealed links between eye color and alcohol dependency, suggesting it occurs more frequently among people with blue eyes and less frequently among those with dark brown eyes. The study, which offers another piece of evidence that alcohol dependency has a genetic component, involved a sample of 1,263 individual genetic profiles. They were pulled from a database that only contains genetic profiles of people diagnosed with at least one psychiatric illness, which includes an addiction to, or dependence on, drugs or alcohol. For this study, the geneticists filtered the database for patients with alcohol...
  • Reportedly Mimicking Stunt, Man Dies After Putting Firework to Head

    06/29/2015 3:45:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    Patch.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Beth Dalbey
    The horrific accident is a tragic reminder of the consequences of mixing alcohol and fireworks, police said. A 47-year-old Oakland County man reportedly imitating a stunt hed seen on a YouTube video is dead after the large mortar firework he held to his head exploded, police said.The horrific event, which occurred about 9:14 p.m. Sunday at a pre-Fourth of July party in the 1500 block of Quinif Drive, is a reminder that alcohol and fireworks dont mix, Walled Lake Police Chief Paul Shakinas told The Oakland Press.The man, identified as Scott Jeffers, thought the firecracker was unlit when he held...
  • Dont chase bears with dull hatchets if youre drunk

    06/29/2015 5:41:52 AM PDT · by wbill · 23 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | May 14, 2015&#62209; | John Holyoke
    In more than 20 years of writing for this newspaper, Ive learned plenty. For instance, I now know that Election Day is a newsroom holiday, and the company will feed you scrumptious snacks, even if you write outdoors stories that have nothing to do with politics. Also, Ive learned that coffee exists as its own food group . and that after waiting for six hours for a single callback from a source, that source will finally phone you while youre in the mens room. And today, Ive learned this: Dont chase bears. Especially with a dull hatchet. Super-duper especially if...