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Health Club Mogul Drinking Before Fatal Crash: Cops

Roger Wittenberns, girlfriend were allegedly speeding in matching yellow sports cars

(Newser) - Florida police say a heath club chain mogul and his girlfriend had been drinking when they hopped into matching luxury yellow sports cars shortly before Roger Wittenberns' speeding Lamborghini plowed into an SUV, killing the 82-year-old driver last Wednesday. Wittenberns, 60, and longtime girlfriend, Patty Ann McQuiggin, 61, were allegedly... More »

Man's Attempt to Get Friend to Stay at Party Kills Him

Jonathan Carlyle Merkley laid down in front of moving car

(Newser) - A birthday party in California turned tragic after the guest of honor was run over and killed by his friend. Police say Jonathan Carlyle Merkley was celebrating his 34th birthday early Sunday at a hotel near San Diego when a woman decided to leave the party. Merkley wanted her to... More »

Alcohol Causes 7 Types of Cancer—at Least

Drink only a little? You're still at risk

(Newser) - Health experts are calling for warning labels on booze, like those on tobacco products, based on a new study that finds alcohol is a direct cause of at least seven forms of cancer. Drink only a little? You're still at risk, scientists write in the journal Addiction . After reviewing... More »

Americans Name Drug They Fear Most—and It's Legal

Alcohol causes 88K deaths a year

(Newser) - The second deadliest drug in the US after tobacco is similarly legal, and claims more lives than all illicit drugs combined with 88,000 deaths a year. Alcohol is also the drug that has Americans most concerned, reports the AP and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the... More »

Man Drove 6 Miles With Wife on SUV's Roof: Cops

Why, yes, it happened in Florida

(Newser) - Take my wife, please—off the roof of my car. Cops say a Florida man drove 6 miles with his spouse clinging to the top of his SUV, the Smoking Gun reports. Per a police report , Officer Christopher Ruediger was pulling up to an intersection in Stuart shortly after midnight... More »

Guy Busted in Fatal Iditarod Hit, Says He Was Drunk

It was all an accident, 'I don't do stuff like that,' says Arnold Demoski

(Newser) - The 26-year-old Alaskan who says he was driving blackout drunk when he hit two Iditarod sled dog teams Saturday , killing one dog and injuring others, has been arrested and charged on suspicion of assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and six counts of criminal mischief, reports the Los Angeles Times . Arnold... More »

We're Getting Better at Drinking Ourselves to Death

Rate of alcohol-induced deaths hits record high

(Newser) - Last year, nearly 31,000 Americans died as a result of drinking too much—a 37% increase from 2002. And those deaths are just the ones from causes like alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, the Washington Post reports. If deaths from drunk driving and accidents or homicides involving alcohol were included,... More »

Drunk Russian Ran 7K-Ton Ship Aground in Scotland

At full speed, because why do things in half-measures?

(Newser) - Did you hear the one about the drunk Russian sailor who walked into a bar and ... no, wait, this particular Russian sailor downed half a liter of rum, got behind the controls of a 7,000-ton ship, and proceeded at full speed to plow it directly into a tough-to-spot little... More »

Student's Mac and Cheese Rant Spawns a Benefit

Money will go to food service workers who were berated

(Newser) - UConn students are trying to use an embarrassing video of a fellow student berating food service workers who refused to sell him mac and cheese to raise money to give the employees a night out. "A top-20 research university shouldn't have to be redeeming its name after one... More »

Guy Drives Himself to Cop Shop, Asks for DUI

Officers are happy enough to oblige

(Newser) - Authorities say a man drove under the influence of alcohol to a small-town Kentucky police station, where he requested that officers arrest him. The Kentucky New Era reports that 26-year-old Christopher L. Stewart drove Tuesday night to the station in Hopkinsville, near the Tennessee border, entered the "do not... More »

Study IDs Number of Drinks 'Beyond the Safe Level'

...when it comes to elderly drinkers

(Newser) - The elderly might want to lay off the alcohol, based on a new study that describes the serious consequences of just one or two drinks per day. Harvard Medical School researchers surveyed 4,466 people with an average age of 76 who also underwent heart scans, and found minimal alcohol... More »

Feds: Secret Service Agents Probably Drunk at Crash

Marc Connolly announced he's retiring ahead of report

(Newser) - Two Secret Service agents in an SUV that hit a police barrier during a White House bomb investigation in March were "more likely than not" impaired by alcohol, a government report finds. In the report released yesterday, Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth notes Marc Connolly and George Ogilvie... More »

Cops: No Drunken Bear-Chasing With Dull Hatchet

The police never let us have any fun

(Newser) - Police in Massachusetts have some sage advice: Don't go chasing after bears while drunk and armed with nothing more than a dull hatchet. North Adams police said on their Facebook page that someone did just that yesterday. "Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is... More »

If Kids Must Experiment, Pot Is Better Than Booze: Doc

Pediatrician weighs in on alcohol vs. marijuana debate

(Newser) - You'd probably prefer your kids use neither pot nor booze. But if they're going to experiment with one or the other as they get older, pediatrician Aaron E. Carroll weighs in today in the New York Times and says you should vote for pot. Sure, marijuana is illegal,... More »

Glory Days: Americans Used to Booze All Day

National Archives takes a look at our history with alcohol

(Newser) - The Puritans who were among those who first colonized America weren't exactly known as a bunch of wild and crazy guys ( crazy, maybe ; wild, no ), but they weren't exactly Puritanical about their booze, either. Our former colonial overlords over at the BBC take a look at... More »

Cops: Guy Attempted an Icy DUI Coverup

Bryan Byers and pal charged after cops say they tried to create black ice

(Newser) - New Jersey police say a man poured water on a freezing road to try to fool officers into thinking the cause of his drunken car crash was black ice. Twenty-year-old Bryan Byers, of Sparta, was arrested Saturday and charged with drunken driving and other offenses. Authorities say he hit a... More »

Drunk Pair Rudely Awakened in Dumpster Love Nest

Why yes, the Sunshine State strikes again

(Newser) - It takes a good stretch of the imagination to get from a hot night at the casino to the back of a garbage truck, but a couple from America's hotbed of strange and often illegal activity has this morning given us such a tale: As the Tampa Bay Times... More »

Zamboni Driver Busted for DUI

Cops say ND guy was drunk at high school hockey game

(Newser) - A girls high school hockey game in Fargo, ND, got an extra little dose of excitement Friday in the form of Zamboni driver Steven Anderson, who apparently decided a little booze was in order out on the ice. "Some of the parents noticed the driver appeared to be impaired,... More »

More Than 2 Drinks a Day? Your Stroke Risk Is Higher

It only takes exceeding 8 ounces of wine for men and 4 for women to see the effect

(Newser) - Looking forward to kicking back a few beers during the Super Bowl? And on Saturday? And tonight? Here's some news that could give those who have more than two drinks a day on a regular basis pause. Using 43 years of data on 11,644 same-sex Swedish twins, researchers... More »

Zimmerman Allegedly Tossed Bottle of Wine at Girlfriend

Lawyer: He 'has not been lucky with the ladies'

(Newser) - It was allegedly a thrown bottle of wine that landed George Zimmerman in jail for 14 hours this weekend and not a firearm, though the judge in his aggravated assault case has ordered Zimmerman to surrender all his guns, reports the Orlando Sentinel . Zimmerman was arrested Friday night, though the... More »

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