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Sweet Misery: Hangover Ice Cream Now Exists

South Korean grapefruit-flavored dessert contains trace amount of oriental raisin tree fruit juice

(Newser) - South Koreans, Asia's biggest lushes, already soothe their sore heads with some $126 million in annual hangover "cure" sales that run the full gamut of pills, beverages, foods, and even cosmetics to help soften skin. That doesn't even count the "hangover soup" that has become a... More »

Have a Glass of San Francisco Fog, On the Rocks

Now being offered in the form of vodka

(Newser) - An "extraordinarily crisp" vodka with "elegant hints of pear, citrus, and honeysuckle" is now available from a California distillery—and it's made with the finest fog San Francisco has to offer, Time reports. Hangar 1's high-end Fog Point (a bottle goes for $125) is crafted from... More »

The 10 Heaviest Drinking Cities in America

And their opposites

(Newser) - Approximately 18% of US adults drink an unhealthy amount of alcohol, 24/7 Wall St. reports. That's considered more than four drinks for women and five drinks for men in one go, or eight drinks for women and 15 drinks for men per week. Knowing that alcohol, in one way... More »

For 1st Time in 15 Years, World Goes Easier on the Booze

Global alcohol consumption declined for the first time since at least 2001

(Newser) - So much for the conventional wisdom that—as CNN puts it—"people tend to drink in good times and bad." According to market research firm Euromonitor International, global alcohol consumption fell by 0.7% in 2015. It's the first time people are drinking less alcohol since Euromonitor... More »

NYC Bars Must Serve Pregnant Women

It's discrimination not to, say new guidelines

(Newser) - A pregnant woman walks into a bar and orders a glass of wine. The bartender serves it up, she drinks it, end of story. Uncomfortable, contentious, debatable or not, the bartender is now required to serve her in New York City, according to new guidelines from the city's Human... More »

Scientists: Prayer Can Help Alcoholics Through Temptation

Small study uses brain scans to demonstrate changes after prayer vs. reading newspaper

(Newser) - Does prayer have the power to help recovering alcoholics squash temptation? A small new study out of the NYU Langone Medical Center finds that at least among 20 long-term Alcoholics Anonymous members who reported no cravings in the week leading up to the test, prayer reduced cravings that arose when... More »

Ryan Reynolds Gives Theater $5K in Fight Over Booze and Sex

Brewvies Cinema Pub was cited last week

(Newser) - A Utah movie theater is in trouble for showing Deadpool while serving booze, and actor Ryan Reynolds—or a person using his name—has added $5,000 to the theater's legal defense fund, the Salt Lake City Tribune reports. Salt Lake City's Brewvies Cinema Pub was cited last... More »

So You Think You Can Tell Bourbon From Rye?

The whiskeys can differ very subtly by their 'mash bill'

(Newser) - The study may be small, but researchers at Drexel University have opened an inquiry into whether modern bourbons and ryes—both types of whiskey—are different enough to be discernible to the average taster, and they've come back with a resounding "no." Reporting in the Journal of ... More »

Louisiana Town Now Allows Drinking at Work, Sort of

Sort of

(Newser) - One Louisiana city just made it legal for city employees—even those driving city vehicles or operating heavy machinery—to drink on the job. Kind of. The Shreveport Times reports Bossier City had a zero-tolerance policy for city workers on the job until mayor Lorenz Walker suddenly changed that policy... 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 »

Moderate Drinking May Not Extend Life After All

Design flaws and biases found in analysis of 87 studies

(Newser) - Those of us sticking to two glasses of wine a night because of the benefits of moderate drinking may have to stop gloating: Scientists now say that moderate drinking might not help you live longer after all, NPR reports. In a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol ... More »

Algorithm Can Spot If You're Tweeting While Drinking

It even knows if you're drinking at home

(Newser) - Think last night's drunk tweets were pretty coherent? You won't fool University of Rochester researchers, who have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can tell when a tweeter is drinking. To do so, they started with humans: Researchers collected tweets associated with alcohol—think ones with words like "... More »

Booze, Speed Tied to Crash That Killed Survivor of Boston Bombing

Just hours after a rider in the ill-fated Ferrari promised no speeding in Dubai

(Newser) - "Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don't worry I won't speed ;)" was Cody Nixon's final Instagram post , showing the Canadian boxer standing next to said yellow Ferrari just hours before the crash early Sunday that killed him and three others , including Boston Marathon... More »

You Are Most Likely to Get Addicted to These Drugs

Heroin tops the list

(Newser) - Whether it's sipping coffee or shooting smack, people have a penchant for ingesting substances that alter their brain chemistry. And that can lead to drug dependence. But which drugs are most addictive? As Eric Bowman points out in an article in The Conversation , the answer to that question is... More »

Studies Suggest Pot Is 'Gateway Drug' ... to Booze

Pot users are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol use disorder: study

(Newser) - Lighting up a joint now could make you more likely to crack a bottle later—and have issues putting it down, or so suggests a pair of new studies. In the first, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence , researchers say they've found that marijuana users seem to have an... More »

After Student Hospitalized, Duke Gets Tough on Sororities

All sorority activity was initially suspended

(Newser) - An "alcohol-related incident" Tuesday night left a Duke University student hospitalized in critical condition, prompting the school to clamp down on more than half the sorority chapters on the campus, USA Today College reports. The unnamed student, described only as a "new member," is expected to fully... More »

Partygoer Leaves in Shorts, Quickly Freezes to Death

The wind chill had dropped to -27.5 degrees Fahrenheit

(Newser) - When 21-year-old Elizabeth Luebke traveled an hour and a half south from her home in Oshkosh, Wis., to Milwaukee for a concert, she wound up at an after-party wearing a tank top, shorts, and fishnet stockings—and at around 4:30am left angrily after arguing with a friend, reports FOX6... More »

Hangover-Free Booze Is Now Supposedly a Thing

Except North Korea "invented" it, so it's probably not really a thing

(Newser) - While some North Koreans have kept busy exchanging propaganda packages with South Korea and supposedly making H-bombs , other good citizens have reportedly invented the thing the world really needs: a ginseng-derived booze that doesn't cause hangovers. Citing an article in the Pyongyang Times, CNBC notes that the brewing process... More »

Dry January Is for 'Dumb Sheep' and 'Mouthbreathers'

A sobering opinion on month-long sobriety

(Newser) - Dry January—occasionally known as Sober January—is a month of self-imposed sobriety following the holidays. But might it be objectively terrible? "It’s a comically insipid, awareness-lacking, mouthbreather’s celebration of our most inane obsessions, with euphemistic five-cent pseudohealth buzzwords-as-ideas like #wellness and #mindfulness," Foster Kamer writes... More »

Your Wine May Have More Alcohol Than You Think

Nearly 60% of wines tested have, on average, 0.42% more alcohol than labeled

(Newser) - If you've ever woken up surprised by how badly you feel after a couple of glasses of wine you so innocently sipped the night before, scientists may have at least a partial explanation. Reporting in the Journal of Wine Economics , University of California researchers say that among the nearly... More »

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