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Shipwreck Yields 200-Year-Old Booze You Can Drink

Bottle may contain mix of gin and Selters mineral water

(Newser) - A 200-year-old bottle of alcohol found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea is still suitable for drinking—if you can get past its stink. The stoneware bottle, emblazoned with the name of a mineral water named Selters, was found off the Polish coast in the Gulf... More »

Drink Up, America, It's Good for You

Moderate drinking is better than abstinence: Stanton Peele

(Newser) - Those who like a glass of wine or two each day will be happy to read Stanton Peele's essay in Pacific Standard with a headline that nicely sums up his case: "The Truth We Won't Admit: Drinking Is Healthy." Peele sets out not just to back... More »

Hollywood Mourns Williams

63-year-old actor died yesterday morning of an apparent suicide

(Newser) - Hollywood was quick to react to the news of Robin Williams' death , with Danny DeVito tweeting only the word "heartbroken," and John Krasinski calling Williams "the kindest hearted man," according to the Hollywood Reporter . Pink, who says she only met him once, described it as "... More »

Texas Considers Alcohol Sales at Gun Shows

Texas State Rifle Association leader calls idea 'confusing'

(Newser) - Texas could start allowing alcohol sales at gun shows provided they don't allow live ammunition or let buyers take possession of their weapons at the events. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced the proposal yesterday. It will hold a 30-day public comment period before any change is made. The... More »

46 Treated for Booze at Keith Urban Show

Boston performance was 'nutso,' singer says

(Newser) - A Keith Urban concert near Boston last night resulted in a lot more reckless behavior than police expected. Some 46 people received medical treatment and 22 were hospitalized, mostly for alcohol-related illnesses, Reuters reports. "Last evening's Keith Urban concert was not anticipated to present with the volume of... More »

Binge Drinking Makes You Cool, Briefly: Study

Heavy drinking indicates a higher peer group status: study

(Newser) - Want to be the center of your social circle? You might have to hit the bottle. A new study notes men and women who engage in heavy drinking more frequently hold higher positions of power within their friend groups. The study—focused on 357 young adults headed to bars in... More »

For $250, This Nurse Will Help Cure Your Hangover

Service operates in New York, the Hamptons, and soon, Chicago

(Newser) - If there's one thing everyone who's ever had a hangover can probably admit to, it's that they'll try just about anything to minimize the anguish. Now, thanks to The "IV Doctor," a service started in December by New York urologist Dr. Elliot Nadelson and... More »

Heavy Drinking Kills 1 in 10 US Adults

CDC says excessive boozing is way too common

(Newser) - One out of every 10 deaths among working-age adults can be blamed on booze, the CDC reports. Researchers behind a new study in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease came up with the stat after crunching the numbers on deaths of people ages 20 to 64 from 2006 through 2010. The... More »

Archaeologists Whip Up 'Elixir of Long Life'

Recipe includes aloe, lots of alcohol

(Newser) - Archaeologists were digging under a former German beer garden in New York City's Lower East Side when they came upon a stash of 150-year-old liquor bottles. Among them was a small vial—once the container for an "Elixir of Long Life," DNAInfo reports. "We wanted to... More »

Study: Teenage Popularity Fades by Age 22

Cool kids are more likely to later get into drugs, alcohol, criminal activity

(Newser) - The cool kids don't exactly win in the end: Teens who try to be cool by acting older than they are may be setting themselves up for future problems, according to a new study in the journal Child Development . Researchers followed 184 Southeastern teens from ethnically diverse backgrounds in... More »

WHO: Alcohol Kills Someone Every 10 Seconds

Total annual toll: 3.3M

(Newser) - The World Health Organization today released a new report on alcohol, and it's full of pretty dour stats. Among the most eye-grabbing ones, per the WHO and the AFP :
  • Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide each year.
  • That's more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and violence—combined.
  • That's
... More »

Hangover? Don't Blame It on Mixing Beer, Liquor

Total alcohol consumption may be to blame: Claudia Hammond

(Newser) - Many of us may avoid downing hard alcohol, wine, and beer on the same night for fear of a raging hangover the next day. But at the BBC , a review of existing research on the topic suggests the drinks' variety itself isn't the problem. Instead, Claudia Hammond points to... More »

Sorry, Powdered Alcohol Not Approved After All

Bureau says approval was issued in error

(Newser) - If you were excited about the possibility of " powdered alcohol " coming to a liquor store near you, we have bad news: It won't be, at least not in the near future. A spokesperson for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau tells the AP the federal... More »

Feds Approve 'Powdered Alcohol'

Palcohol changes website copy after official approval

(Newser) - As if alcohol, marijuana, caffeine, and pills of various kinds aren't enough to give Americans a buzz, the federal government has approved a new product: powdered booze, reports Gawker . Even the company behind it, Palcohol, says the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau's approval caught it... More »

Secret Service Tightens Booze Rules—Slightly

Supervisor demoted after multiple incidents

(Newser) - Between suspected drinking and driving and passing out in a hallway , Secret Service agents haven't been exhibiting model behavior recently. Now, some in the service are paying the price. The head of the key special operations division has been demoted, insiders tell the Washington Post , while some two dozen... More »

Four Loko: We Won't Use Santa in Our Ads

And, more importantly, won't market on campuses

(Newser) - Amid controversy over its combination of caffeine and alcohol, the makers of Four Loko announced it was dropping caffeine from the equation in 2010. But authorities weren't finished with Phusion Projects: Now, the company has agreed to a raft of new marketing rules, the Los Angeles Times reports. The... More »

St. Paddy's Party in Mass.: Riot Gear, Brawls, 73 Arrests

Note: The actual holiday is next Monday

(Newser) - This is why we can't have nice St. Paddy's Day parties: With more than a week to go before the holiday honoring all things green and boozy, er, the 5th-century Catholic bishop , cops in Massachusetts had to break up a party that sounds more war zone-themed than Irish.... More »

'College Money' Suit: Lawyer Allegedly Gave Girl Booze

Sean Canning says John Inglesino is 'enabling' his daughter

(Newser) - Rachel Canning's parents are alleging that the powerful attorney she's living with gave her alcohol. Canning, 18, has made headlines by suing her parents for her tuition , among other things, after she left home to stay with her friend, Jaime Inglesino. In court documents, Canning's father says... More »

Vatican City Beats Every Country—at Drinking Wine

Consumes more wine per capita than any other country

(Newser) - If you're a big fan of wine and would like to be surrounded by apparently like-minded people, consider moving to Vatican City. Despite its small size, or perhaps because of it, it manages to consume more wine per capita than any other country, according to the Wine Institute. How... More »

Prohibition May Finally End in One Connecticut Town

Sleepy Bridgewater will put it to a vote on Tuesday

(Newser) - Connecticut's last dry town is on the verge of a historic decision: whether to allow two local developers to open restaurants that serve alcohol, the AP reports. As it stands, the upscale bedroom community of Bridgewater is on the sleepy side, with 1,700 people, an average age above... More »

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