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How Sober People Influence Drunk People

We perceive how drunk we are based on those around us, and sober people make us more aware

(Newser) - Think you're a good judge of your own level of inebriation while drinking? Think again. Researchers report in the journal BMC Public Health that our perception of just how intoxicated we are shifts depending on those around us, so much so that we think we're less drunk when... More »

Scotland Busts 2 United Pilots, Says They Were Drunk

Which delayed a flight from Glasgow to Newark

(Newser) - Police and airline officials say two United Airlines pilots have been arrested for suspected intoxication before they were to fly 141 passengers from Scotland to the United States, reports the AP . United Airlines officials have confirmed Saturday's arrest of the pilots, aged 45 and 35, at Glasgow Airport. The... More »

Feds Go After Nurse Accused of Being Drunk in OR

Because the alleged incident took place in a federal facility

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Luzerne County, Pa., dropped a slew of charges against Richard Pieri, including DUI and reckless endangerment, in March. But that's not good news for the former VA Medical Center nurse accused of downing four or five beers at a local casino and then assisting in an emergency... More »

Cops: Drunk Mom Lets Sex Offender Tattoo Her Kids

She's facing up to 3 years in prison

(Newser) - A 31-year-old Texas woman is in jail after police say she got hammered and let a sex offender tattoo her three underage children, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The children—a 13-year-old boy, 10-year-old girl, and 9-year-old girl—were at their mother Ashley Weir's home Monday when she allegedly... More »

Detective 'Too Drunk' to Receive MADD Award

Michael Szeliga apparently had a few

(Newser) - A Florida sheriff's deputy—who's now a full-fledged detective—apparently got so drunk at a Mothers Against Drunk Driving conference that he couldn't receive an award for making 100 DUI arrests, WFTV reports. According to lengthy report, Pinellas County deputy Michael Szeliga arrived at a Fort Lauderdale... More »

Like People, Drunk Finches Sing Terribly

Alcohol makes birds slur their songs

(Newser) - Not many people count getting zebra finches drunk as their job. But researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University did just that to study how alcohol affects the birds' ability to sing—and to learn more about how it affects the human brain, Smithsonian reports. Birds are a great... More »

These Are the Drunkest Days of the Year

Big surprise: New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's Day top list

(Newser) - During the course of approximately the past year, Americans got drunkest on two days: New Year's Eve and the Saturday of St. Patrick's Day weekend. That's according to a study released by BACtrack , a company that makes smartphone-linked breathalyzers, Quartz reports—so the results should perhaps be... More »

Student Arrested Over Drunk ... Jogging

James Finan was running near a big road at 1:30am

(Newser) - A 21-year-old college student has been slapped with what you might call a JUI. James Finan was jogging by the side of a road in Pennsylvania at 1:30am Sunday with no light to indicate his presence, police say . Apparently, it caused a bit of a nuisance: Drivers had to... More »

Experts: Drunk Moose Are a Myth

They're too big to get smashed on fallen fruit

(Newser) - Hold those "Elkaholic" jokes: Every autumn, Swedish moose start doing things like falling in swimming pools and getting stuck in apple trees , supposedly after getting drunk on fermented apples, but experts say they probably aren't drunk after all, reports Radio Sweden via the Alaska Dispatch . The animals weigh... More »

Teacher Arrested, Accused of Teaching While Drunk

She admits imbibing in classroom

(Newser) - It must be a particularly rough school year: A week after a teacher got charged with being drunk (and pants-challenged) at school, another has been charged with getting drunk in her own classroom. As KTVK reports, a student in Kathleen Jardine's math class in San Tan Valley, Ariz., called... More »

Air Force Nuke Chief Fired for Being Drunken 'Boor'

Michael Carey insulted hosts, cozied up to 'suspicious women' in Russia

(Newser) - When the Air Force fired Maj. Gen. Michael Carey in October, it said only that it was for "personal misbehavior." Now we know what that means. Carey essentially appears to have made a drunken spectacle of himself during a three-day official trip to Moscow in July, insulting his... More »

Man Electrocuted on NYC Subway Tracks

Friend couldn't save Matthew Zeno, 30

(Newser) - Those warnings about the third rail are no joke. After a night out, a man was walking along the subway tracks in Brooklyn when he "inadvertently made contact with the third rail and was electrocuted," per the NYPD as reported by Gothamist . The New York Daily News takes... More »

Maryland Drunk Kills 70K Chickens

He wandered into shed and turned off power: cops

(Newser) - A Maryland chicken farmer went to check on his birds in the morning and found his entire flock dead—and a drunk passed out in a pool of urine. Joshua Shelton, 21, wandered into the farm's power control shed and accidentally turned off power to three chickenhouses, say police.... More »

Hand Sanitizer: A Different Kind of Buzz?

Maybe not: Will Oremus

(Newser) - Some teens are, apparently, now getting drunk on hand sanitizer —would such a binge feel any different than the type of intoxication brought about by more traditional forms of alcohol? Not necessarily, writes Will Oremus in Slate's Explainer column , because "ethyl alcohol is ethyl alcohol" no matter... More »

Tracy Morgan Hospitalized

Rep cites exhaustion at Sundance Film Festival

(Newser) - Tracy Morgan was hospitalized last night after he passed out at the Sundance Film Festival. The 30 Rock star seemed intoxicated as he accepted an award in Utah; afterward, he was escorted from the building, where he fainted, TMZ reports. An ambulance took him to a local hospital. A hospital... More »

Character Trait Makes for a Mean Drunk

Drunks who focus on the moment likely to get meaner

(Newser) - Ah, Christmas: good cheer, festive dinners, and people who drink enough to say what they really think of you. Clearly some personality types should hold off on that third drink. Scientists recently studied the subject and found that people who focus on the here and now—rather than on repercussions—... More »

Drunken Student Drowns Fêting Month of Sobriety

Niall Pawsey stripped down and jumped in River Thames

(Newser) - A law student drowned in the River Thames after getting drunk to celebrate a month of sobriety, a London inquest found this week. Niall Pawsey, 20, drank more than four times the legal driving limit after winning a bet to go 28 days without alcohol. Kicked out of a pub... More »

'Drunken' Gene Found

Gene variation causes people to get drunk faster, may stave off alcoholism

(Newser) - A "drunken" gene—or, some might say, a "lightweight" gene—has been discovered by researchers probing the causes of alcoholism. Some 20% of people have a version of the gene CYP2E1 that causes them to get drunk much faster than others. The researchers say these people are less... More »

Drunk Off the Hook for Losing $1.3M Painting

Owner drops lawsuit after figuring out her co-owner's a conman

(Newser) - Kristyn Trudgeon is dropping her lawsuit against the drunken courier who said he lost her $1.3 million painting after learning that her co-owner was a convicted art thief. Trudgeon realized who she was dealing with when she saw a mugshot of partner Thomas Doyle, the AP reports. Doyle, it... More »

Drunk Loses $1.35M Painting

He misplaces artwork in drunken haze

(Newser) - A Manhattan man learned the hard way that if you're going out on the town to get sloshed, you shouldn't take a $1.35 million painting with you. James Haggerty is being sued for the loss by the painting's co-owner, who says she hired him to help sell Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's... More »

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