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Here's Where You'll Find the Most Binge Drinking in US

Heavy-drinking women have made an impact on the numbers

(Newser) - Even though the percentage of people who drink alcohol doesn't seem to be going up, binge drinking is, and the lead author of a recent study on the subject has uncovered two facts he finds "alarming": In many US counties, 25% of residents or more are binge drinkers,... More »

Science Vindicates Wine Snobs

The glass you drink from affects wine's flavor

(Newser) - As snotty as people might sound when they insist on a wine glass with a certain shape, it turns out they're right: The shape of that glass actually does have a bearing on how the drink tastes, Scientific American reports. Scientists made that clear using what they have dubbed,... More »

10-Hour Workdays Tied to 'Risky' Drinking

Study: Those who work 48-hour-plus weeks 11% more likely to be a heavy drinker

(Newser) - That extra glass of wine you're downing every night after you've put in a 10-hour workday could be because … of that 10-hour workday. A review of 61 studies across 14 countries (for a total of more than 330,000 subjects) linked working more than 48 hours a... More »

Powdered Alcohol Has US Senator 'in Total Disbelief'

... as inventor Mark Phillips decries 'nanny state'

(Newser) - People may well love Palcohol, and that's exactly what some lawmakers are worried about. Introduced in 2012 and approved for sale by the feds last month, the powdered-alcohol product is running into strong opposition despite pleas from its inventor, the New York Times reports. Six states have already banned... More »

Kids Allowed to Sip Alcohol Drink More as Teens

Study sees a connection

(Newser) - Middle-schoolers who take the occasional sip of wine or beer are more likely to drink on their own as they become teens, a new study suggests. The research out of Brown University merely notes the association and isn't asserting that parents who allow the sipping are doing a bad... More »

Brits' Quiet Night of Drinks Ends —in Thailand

Phillip Boyle: It was 'all a bit rash'

(Newser) - We don't want to know how many pills it took to kill this hangover: Two buddies went out for a few drinks at a pub in Marton, England, last Friday. Hours later, they were in Thailand, a la Hangover II. The idea for the spontaneous trip sprouted around 11am... More »

Broke Russians Swap Pricey Booze for Bath Cleaner

Economic crisis taking a toll on heavy drinkers

(Newser) - As an economic crisis sweeps through Russia, a dangerous trend is emerging in the heavy-drinking country: the rise in consumption of potentially lethal moonshine, medical alcohol, or even cleaning products. Layoffs, wage cuts, and price increases are combining to worsen the problem of alcoholism, which has long been a major... More »

World's Biggest Booze Maker Adds Nutrition Labels

Smirnoff, Guinness to come with calorie counts

(Newser) - There aren't many vitamins in vodka, but Smirnoff maker Diageo plans to add nutrition and calorie-count labels like those found on food to its drinks anyway, in what it says is a first in the industry. The company—the world's biggest spirits maker—says it plans to work... More »

Scientists Find a Way to Cut Wine Hangovers

It's all in the yeast

(Newser) - If wine tends to give you a hangover, science may have a solution, and it starts with a "genome knife." The phrase refers to an enzyme called RNA-guided Cas9 nuclease that's able to knock down a longstanding hurdle to genetic engineering in fermented foods, a researcher at... 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 »

Feds Approve Powdered Alcohol

'Palcohol' might be on sale this summer

(Newser) - Powdered alcohol should be available this summer, unless your particular state forbids it. The federal government today approved the sale of "Palcohol," a powdered version of alcohol that transforms into a boozy drink with the addition of water or a mixer, reports the AP . (Earlier federal approval was... More »

Why Drinking in a Big Group Could Get You Drunker

Researchers survey young people as the drinks are coming

(Newser) - Big group hitting the bars tonight? You're likely to guzzle more booze, especially if you're a man, a study published in Addiction finds. Swiss researchers had young adults complete surveys on their smartphones during "real-life" drinking situations, according to a news release at Eureka Alert—specifically, they... More »

One Drink Makes You Hot, 2 Drinks Makes You ... Not

Facial attractiveness rating goes down after 2 drinks: scientists

(Newser) - Watch too many YouTube videos and you may come away with the impression that the more you drink, the more attractive you'll become to other people. But new research out of the University of Bristol suggests that to keep your good looks through others' eyes, it may be necessary... More »

Stoners Are 'Safer' Drivers Than Lushes

Report finds those with THC in systems crash far less often than drunk drivers

(Newser) - As more states push to legalize marijuana , scientists have started to turn their attention toward the effects of driving after toking up. Stoners will likely rejoice at two recent studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that appears to put them on the safer side of things: According to... 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 »

Dartmouth Bans Hard Liquor

...even if you're of age

(Newser) - Dartmouth College's president is no fan of bad behavior, and hasn't minced words on the subject in the past: In an April speech, he cited "dangerous drinking" and a "general disregard for human dignity" at the school. Now, after months of what the Washington Post terms... More »

Working Too Hard May Make You Hit the Bottle Harder

People who work more than 48 hours a week consume 'risky' alcohol amounts: study

(Newser) - Working more than a standard 40-hour workweek (if that "standard" still even exists) won't only shave away at your R&R time: It may also cause you to drink more, the Guardian reports. Researchers found that individuals who put in 49 to 54 hours a week were 13%... More »

Surprise: Worst Binge Drinkers Are Middle-Aged White Guys

They are the ones who die the most as a result, says CDC

(Newser) - If most people were asked to name the demographic mostly likely to die from alcohol poisoning after binge drinking, it's a safe bet that "college students" would be at the top of the list. As it turns out, the correct answer is middle-aged white men, reports ABC News... 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 »

Binge Drinking Does a Number on Immune System

Immune system slows down a few hours after 'peak intoxication'

(Newser) - If you're set on doing some heavy pouring to ring in the new year, you've probably already resigned yourself to a recovery hangover tomorrow. But binge drinking—defined by the CDC as having five or more drinks in two hours if you're a guy, four or more... More »

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