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Women Recall Rapes Accurately Even While Intoxicated

They may not remember as much, but what they do is trustworthy

(Newser) - Undergoing questioning as a rape victim is difficult, but even more so if the victim is made to feel her recollections are untrustworthy—a reaction that's more probable if she was intoxicated during the assault. "Out of these concerns, the police might forgo interviewing victims," University of... More »

'Precursor to Misery:' Aussie Pol Wants Vegemite Crackdown

Minister says Vegemite is being used to make moonshine in some communities

(Newser) - In news that may prompt reanalysis of Men at Work lyrics , an Australian politician is trying to crack down on Vegemite, which the Washington Post calls "the beloved breakfast spread with an aftertaste of sadness." Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion wants to restrict access to Vegemite because aboriginal... More »

We Drink and Drive an Estimated 121M Times a Year

The actual figure is probably higher

(Newser) - This study might make you think twice about getting behind the wheel whether you've been drinking or not: About 1.8% of American adults admitted to driving while impaired at least once over the previous 30 days, per a new CDC study of 2012 data. When that percentage is... More »

What You Earn Is Tied to How You Drink

The wealthy and most educated are most likely to drink alcohol

(Newser) - Overall, roughly two in three Americans drink alcohol—which has been true historically since 1939. But dig a little deeper and drinking habits vary widely among some Americans, particularly between those who are wealthy (eight in 10 drink) and those who are not (only five in 10 do), reports Gallup... More »

Pot Smokers Hit a Surprising Change at 21

Study: Lowering drinking age may limit marijuana use

(Newser) - Worried your kid can't kick his pot-smoking habit? Wait until he hits 21. According to a new study, people drastically boost their alcohol consumption at that age—big surprise there—and cut their pot use at the same time. University of Illinois researchers analyzed five years of data from... More »

Study: Here's What Happens When You Mix Pot, Booze

Drinking and smoking doubles one's chances of arrests, work problems

(Newser) - Is it a worse idea to use marijuana and alcohol together than alone? A study published in May and picked up by Scientific American has answered that question for what scientists say is the first time. Researchers write in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research that no study has previously "... More »

Champion Synchronized Swimmers Try to Do Routine Drunk

Swedish team shows dangers of swimming while intoxicated

(Newser) - What happens what you throw Stockholm's three-time world champion men's synchronized swimming team into a pool after feeding members shots? A whole lot of splashing and not much swimming, apparently. The experiment—yes, experiment—was part of a "Don't Drink and Dive" water safety campaign from... More »

How Driving While Stoned, Drunk Differs

The National Institute on Drug Abuse weighs in

(Newser) - When it comes to smoking marijuana and driving, many variables affect impairment—the potency of the drug, the tolerance of the toker, when the drug was taken, how the drug was taken—making guidelines difficult to implement. But with some states decriminalizing the possession of weed, the feds are investigating... More »

Woman Gives Blunt Answer on How to Make It to 100

Pauline Spagnola credits 'a fair amount of booze'

(Newser) - The WNEP news anchor reporting on Pauline Spagnola might have been right on the money when he said she "may have thrown back a few" while celebrating her 100th birthday on Tuesday. That's because, like the 110-year-old Nebraska man who attributes his longevity to a daily can of... More »

Study: Humans Not the Only Ones Who Like to Booze

Chimps apparently like to drink, too

(Newser) - Even apes need a break once in a while. A 17-year study of chimpanzees in Guinea observed the animals drinking fermented palm sap, with some of the chimps exhibiting "visible signs of inebriation" after overconsumption. "Some individuals were estimated to have consumed about 85ml of alcohol," the... More »

Soon: Get a Cerveza With Your Taco Bell Chalupa

And wine, and mixed-alcohol 'freezes'—but only in one Chicago location (so far)

(Newser) - Anyone who was excited when Taco Bell made a taco out of a biscuit will likely be blown away by this news: The fast-food chain will now be serving beer, wine, and alcohol "freezes," the Chicago Tribune reports. And there's good reason why a Chicago newspaper is... More »

33M Americans Have a Drinking Problem

Survey looks at new definition of 'alcohol use disorder'

(Newser) - Alcohol problems affect almost 33 million adults and most have never sought treatment, according to a government survey that suggests rates have increased in recent years. The study is the first national estimate based on a new term, "alcohol use disorder," in a widely used psychiatric handbook (DSM-5)... More »

Bartender Guilty After Guy Downs 56 Shots, Dies

Frenchman broke bar's shots record, then fell into coma

(Newser) - A bartender in France has been handed a four-month suspended sentence for manslaughter after a patron fatally threw back 56 shots to break his bar's record, AFP reports. Renaud Prudhomme, 56—and weighing 260 pounds, per the Local —was helped home from Starter bar in Clermont-Ferrand last October... More »

Stoned? Booze Dramatically Increases Your High

New research finds that any amount of alcohol dramatically ups THC levels

(Newser) - Marijuana and alcohol are one of the most common drug combinations implicated in car accidents, so researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse recently set out to better understand how the two interact. Reporting this week in the journal Clinical Chemistry , they found that alcohol dramatically increases TCH levels... 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 »

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 »

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