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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 »

Tomorrow Is the Deadliest Day to Be a Pedestrian

Drunk walkers tend to jaywalk, lie in the road

(Newser) - New Year's Eve culminates in a circus of drunk drivers and pedestrians going home after a night of merry-making—and experts say drunk pedestrians are eight times more likely to be killed on the way than drunk drivers. New Year's Day is the most dangerous day to be... More »

Jack Daniels Welcomes Son, Jim Beam

Good luck in life, kid

(Newser) - "My parents decided they wanted to name their son something to make their parents mad," as Jack Daniels Leathers tells it. "And, at the time, my dad was drinking Jack, which he enjoyed. My mom said, 'Why not?'" Now the man named for whiskey has... More »

Feel Younger Than Your Age? You'll Live Longer

Self-perceived age actually alters mortality rates, study says

(Newser) - If you eat well and exercise, you'll probably feel younger than your chronological age. But new research suggests that simply feeling younger than your age—even when accounting for other longevity factors, such as alcohol intake, wealth, illness, education, and smoking—improves longevity, reports Medical News Today . Studying 6,... More »

Breastfeeding and Boozing: Relax, It's Fine

Melinda Wenner Moyer: Even if you feed while tipsy, little alcohol makes it to baby

(Newser) - Holidays are enough to send us all scrambling for the punch bowl, and nursing moms should be no exception. Writing at Slate , Melinda Wenner Moyer—herself a nursing mom—delves into the question of breastfeeding while perhaps filled with a bit more than holiday cheer and finds "there is... 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 »

More States Move to Ban Powdered Booze

Kids could 'sprinkle it on top of their Wheaties'

(Newser) - The dangers of powdered alcohol are not to be sniffed at, according to lawmakers who are trying to ban the product before it hits the shelves. Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Vermont have already outlawed booze in powder form, and Colorado is the latest to discuss a ban on... More »

Canadian Navy Bans Booze

No more beer vending machines on warships

(Newser) - Canada's navy is cracking down hard on drunken sailors with a near-total ban on alcohol when ships are at sea. Sailors used to be permitted to drink at sea as long as it was more than six hours until they were on duty, but now drinking will be permitted... More »

We've Been Able to Hold Our Booze for 10M Years

That may have helped humans live on ground, rather than in trees

(Newser) - Studies have previously suggested that people started drinking alcohol about 9,000 years ago, around when we invented the means of making it. But new research suggests we could handle the stuff far before that: more along the lines of 10 million years, the Los Angeles Times reports. Humans have... More »

Britain's Heavy Drinkers Offered Anti-Booze Pill

Nalmefene approved as means of reducing alcohol consumption

(Newser) - Those Brits who want to cut down on their alcohol intake—and can spare about $5 a day—now have access to a pill to reduce their craving . UK officials have approved the drug nalmefene for use along with counseling to help reduce alcohol dependency, the International Business Times reports.... More »

By Wedding's End, Bride in Hospital, Groom Arrested

Best man also busted after giant brawl

(Newser) - A wedding in Australia turned into a fight that required six police units to get under control, ABC News reports. Late in the evening, guests called an ambulance because the bride was sick; she was subsequently treated for alcohol poisoning, and the Daily Mail reports that she's been discharged... More »

Study: Heavy Drinkers Are Rarely Alcoholics

Only 1 in 10 excessive drinkers meets the definition of alcoholism

(Newser) - Frequently drinking too much booze does not mean you're an alcoholic. In fact, it means that only rarely. A new study by the CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration finds that 1 in 3 American adults meet the definition of heavy drinking—for men, having... More »

'Fireball Whisky' Yanked Over Antifreeze Ingredient

Not to worry: Offending ingredient is deemed safe enough in US

(Newser) - Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is red-hot in the US and gaining traction abroad, becoming especially big at frat parties and recently declared the "most popular shot for college students," reports the Daily Beast . But a batch of the whisky that "Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell" has... 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 »

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