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4-Year-Old on 911 Call: My Dad Passed Out in Car

NJ cops say 41-year-old Jamil Graham was found with half-empty bottle of vodka

(Newser) - Police say a 4-year-old New Jersey girl called 911 to report her father had passed out in their car, the AP reports. Cliffside Park police say 41-year-old Jamil Graham of Englewood Cliffs was charged with child endangerment, being under the influence of alcohol, and several motor vehicle offenses. Police say... More »

Have a Glass of San Francisco Fog, On the Rocks

Now being offered in the form of vodka

(Newser) - An "extraordinarily crisp" vodka with "elegant hints of pear, citrus, and honeysuckle" is now available from a California distillery—and it's made with the finest fog San Francisco has to offer, Time reports. Hangar 1's high-end Fog Point (a bottle goes for $125) is crafted from... More »

Town Hit by Sleeping Illness Gets Answer, No Resolution

A nearby uranium mine may be the culprit, but how?

(Newser) - The mysterious sleeping sickness that has befallen dozens of villagers in a remote region of Kazakhstan continues to befuddle scientists. Following reports of victims passing out in schools, at home, and even on a motorcycle, and sometimes failing to snap out of it for days at a time, scientists descended... More »

Whiskey Set to Vanquish Vodka in US Sales

Consumer preferences leaning more toward 'authentic' liquor with heritage

(Newser) - Vodka has reigned victorious in sales over all other spirits in the US since 2007, but it's about to be wasted by a formidable opponent: whiskey. Even though vodka still has a hold on volume, whiskey is projected to wrest the sales title away this year, according to Euromonitor... More »

5 Stars With Their Own Booze Brands

You know you want some George Clooney tequila

(Newser) - You know you've really made it when you have your own brand of alcohol—as do these celebrities rounded up by ETOnline :
  • George Clooney: Helped develop Casamigos tequila after a trip to Mexico with friends Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman; the ad features Clooney waking up next to Cindy
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Vodka Killing Huge Numbers of Russian Men

Binge-drinking behind alarmingly high early death rate

(Newser) - Russian men who down large amounts of vodka—and too many do—have an "extraordinarily" high risk of an early death, a new study says. Researchers who tracked about 151,000 Russian men from 1999 to 2010 found that the risk of dying before age 55 for those who... More »

Scientists Send Text Message via Evaporated Vodka

Information was encoded in the evaporated alcohol

(Newser) - Usually alcohol and text messages don't mix—but researchers in England have now found a way the two can work together. Using vodka and a desk fan, scientists at York University have sent a new kind of text message—encoding information in evaporated alcohol. According to the lead researcher... More »

Rob Ford Drove Drunk Through School Zones, Partied With Hookers

One begins to wonder how he had time to govern

(Newser) - For your average big city mayor, admitting that you bought illegal drugs while in office would be the most damaging thing to happen in a day—but Rob Ford 's not your average mayor . Soon after a press conference in which the crack-smoking, binge-drinking Toronto mayor claimed his closet... More »

Gay Bars Boycott Russian Vodka

Verdict still out on White Russians

(Newser) - Many have been calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics, but gay bars across the US have figured out a more immediate way to show Russia how they feel about the country's anti-gay laws: stop buying its vodka. The move was spearheaded by journalist and sex writer... More »

Freezing Elephants 'Saved' by Vodka

After trailer catches fire in Siberia, Russia's favorite drink keeps them warm

(Newser) - Sometimes you really need a drink. One of those times: When your truck has caught fire and you're standing by the side of a Siberian highway in freezing weather with frostbite setting in. That's the predicament a pair of Indian elephants found themselves in, and their quick-thinking handlers... More »

Man Blind From Vodka Is Cured by Whisky

New Zealander says doctors saved him with Johnny Walker Black

(Newser) - Talk about a hair of the dog that bit you: A New Zealand man went into surgery after literally drinking himself blind this summer, and doctors cured him with a healthy dose of Johnny Walker Black, the New Zealand Herald reports. Denis Duthie, 65, was celebrating his parents' 50th wedding... More »

Drunk Thief Falls Asleep in the Middle of Burglary

Cops find Russian man passed out in apartment owner's bed

(Newser) - Note to would-be thieves: You may not want to get drunk while breaking and entering. A man in Russia did just that, authorities say, and he was ultimately brought down by the bottle of vodka he found and drank while attempting to burglarize an apartment in Moscow. He ended up... More »

Idaho Drops 5 Wives Vodka Ban

Booze ban canned after lawsuit threat

(Newser) - The makers of Five Wives Vodka have a victory to drink to: Idaho's state liquor monopoly has dropped its ban on their booze , which officials considered offensive to Mormons. The liquor board says it will " immediately begin processing special order requests" for the beverage , reports the Los Angeles ... More »

Idaho Bans 'Offensive' 5 Wives Vodka

Name could offend Mormons, state liquor board decides

(Newser) - There are four too many wives in the name of Five Wives vodka, according to the board that controls liquor sales in Idaho. State regulators say the vodka—which has a label featuring five women from an 1890s vaudeville act hiking up their skirts—is offensive both to women and... More »

In Time for 4/20: Hemp Vodka

Sorry, it won't get you high

(Newser) - Don't bogart that bottle, my friend. In the counterculture world, "420" is the code for cannabis consumption, and April 20—or 4/20—is the holy day. On this April 20, the Alaska Distillery is introducing its hemp seed vodka. This is the same company that two years ago... More »

No Pets for 3 Years After Man's Puppy Drinks Vodka

Drunk British man failed to help swaying, staggering dog

(Newser) - Attention dog owners: Next time you're drinking vodka and Coke, don't leave your glass on the floor. Matthew Cox, 26, did just that, went outside to have a cigarette, and returned to find that his 6-month-old Labrador puppy, Max, had finished his drink for him. The Brit was... More »

Colbert Shines Light on Vodka Tampon Trend

And by 'shines light on' we mean 'mocks mercilessly'

(Newser) - Parents, do you know what your teenagers are doing with their vodka? How about their feminine hygiene products? Because odds are they’re soaking the latter in the former and sticking them in their you-know-wheres, high school security cop Chris Thomas tells KPHO 5 in Phoenix, saying the phenomenon is... More »

Downing Pint of Vodka in 4 Seconds Kills Brit

He had 5.5 times the legal blood-alcohol limit

(Newser) - A British electrician's assistant was killed by booze after downing a pint of vodka in 4 seconds, an inquest was told yesterday. He also had traces of mephedrone, a then-legal substance that creates feelings of euphoria, but the coroner said alcohol alone caused the death of Richard Davies, 29, reports... More »

Scores of Drunk Russians Drown Amid Heat Wave

Hundreds try to swim, fail

(Newser) - With temperatures in Moscow flirting with a 98.6F record, a staggering number of Russians, most of them drunk, are drowning in their attempts to cool off in the city’s lakes and ponds. Just yesterday, 49 people in the country drowned, including two children, a government official tells Reuters... More »

Alaska Exports Salmon Vodka

Sounds gross, but apparently people order it

(Newser) - Wasilla, Alaska, is about to become known for something other than Sarah Palin: vodka flavored with smoked salmon. The scary-sounding liquor is the brainchild of the Alaska Distillery, and there was “some madness and some drunkenness involved” in its creation, one partner tells the AP . “I was trying... More »

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