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Walmart Sells Shirts, Not Pants Amid Coronavirus

The pandemic is also affecting real estate and book sales

(Newser) - When you teleconference, no one can see your pants—and that's driving a spike in shirt sales as more Americans work at home during the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reports. "We're seeing increased sales in tops, but not bottoms. So, people who are concerned, obviously, from the... More »

Hand Sanitizer, All Gone? These People Give It Away

Distilleries are pitching in during the coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - Trying to buy hand sanitizer? Then you know it's increasingly unavailable or overpriced. That's why distilleries across America are stepping up and cranking out their own product during the coronavirus pandemic, CBS News reports. Whether it's the Old Fourth Distillery in Atlanta, the Durham Distillery in North... More »

Tito's Warns It Doesn't Protect Against Coronavirus

When turned into a homemade hand sanitizer, that is

(Newser) - With hand sanitizer flying off shelves as a result of the coronavirus, recipes for homemade versions have been popping up online. The problem is, "if made incorrectly, it can be downright harmful," reports CNN . The solution must be made with at least 60% alcohol, which rules out use... More »

Cross in Jagermeister Logo Comes Under Fire

Swiss court dismisses claim that it's an affront to Christians

(Newser) - Jägermeister has emerged the victor in a Swiss court case in which its logo was painted as an insult to Christians. The logo, featuring a cross hovering over the head of a stag, is based on the legend of the 8th-century Christian saint Hubertus, an avid hunter, who is... More »

'Smelly, Brown Liquid' Coming From Taps Is a Shocker

(Newser) - A "smelly, brown liquid" poured out of the faucets of an apartment building in southern India on Monday. So why is it international news, and why were the residents "bemused," as the BBC puts it? Because the liquid wasn't just water but a combination of water,... More »

Americans Are Drinking More, and Here's Why

Seems there's a cultural change, and no 'policy response to match it'

(Newser) - Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What's more, it's been rising for two decades, and it's not clear when it will fall again. That’s the picture painted by federal health statistics, which show a rise in per-person consumption and increases in emergency... More »

2 Drinks a Day Is OK? Not Anymore, Says Council

Australian health council changes alcohol guidelines for first time since 2009

(Newser) - If you've been feeling pretty good about your alcohol consumption, making sure to never go over the recommended maximum of two drinks per day, we have bad news: You have to start keeping it to 1.4 drinks a day, at least according to one group of experts. Australia'... More »

'Perfect' Whiskey Collection Is Going Up for Sale

Private collection of 3,900 bottles, many of them rare, could fetch up to $10.5M in total at auction

(Newser) - What to get as a gift for the person who has everything? Consider the largest private collection of whiskey ever to go up for public sale. Of course, you'll have to have anywhere from $9.2 million to $10.5 million to afford said collection, which is referred to... More »

Test Reveals Saoirse Kennedy Hill's Cause of Death

It was an accidental OD from alcohol, methadone, prescription drugs

(Newser) - The autopsy for Saoirse Kennedy Hill in August didn't offer much insight into how she died, but now the toxicology tests are in: The death certificate for the 22-year-old notes she suffered an accidental overdose from a lethal mix of alcohol, methadone, and prescription drugs, per WCVB . Besides the... More »

Looks Like Movie Star Fell Off the Wagon

Ben Affleck loses his balance after leaving LA event

(Newser) - Seems Ben Affleck knocked back a few at a Halloween party in Los Angeles after staying sober for more than a year, Us Weekly reports. The Triple Frontier star—or what looks like him, behind a skull mask—was caught by TMZ leaving a Unicef ball in West Hollywood on... More »

He Got Drunk Not Because He Drank, but Because He Ate

Man suffered from auto-brewery syndrome, which converted carbs to ethanol

(Newser) - For years after taking antibiotics in 2011 for a thumb injury, a previously active and healthy man says he suffered from depression, "brain fog," memory loss, and aggressiveness. Then, after a DWI arrest, those around him, including medical staff and cops, became convinced he was a secret drinker—... More »

This Beer Has So Much Booze It's Illegal in 15 States

If you're in one of the other 35, though, you may want to try the 28% ABV Utopias from Sam Adams

(Newser) - A new brew just out for 2019 is described on the Sam Adams site as "reminiscent of a rich vintage port, old cognac, or fine sherry" and is said to be "the craft beer community's most renowned and sought-after extreme barrel-aged beer." If that sounds scrumptious,... More »

VA Doctor Allegedly Made 3K Mistakes. 3 Patients Died

Arkansas' Robert Morris Levy faces up to 524 years if convicted

(Newser) - A former Veterans Affairs doctor is accused of making more than 3,000 errors, including "incorrect and misleading diagnoses" resulting in three patients' deaths. He faces up to 524 years in prison if convicted. Federal investigators say one veteran died of prostate cancer though Dr. Robert Morris Levy, the... More »

In This State, a 'Mind-Boggling' Stat on Death Rates

WVa.'s drug OD rate has seen huge growth; US seeing record rates in 'deaths of despair' overall

(Newser) - Mortality rates in the US from drug overdoses, alcohol, and suicides have reached an all-time high, per a new report, and one region of the country is especially hard-hit. NBC News cites the survey from the Commonwealth Fund health advocacy group that takes a close look at 2017 data from... More »

Pledge Died After a Frat Party. Now Come the Jail Sentences

Dad of late Timothy Piazza: Men were 'individual players in a larger cast, but they knew the script'

(Newser) - Sentencing day has come and gone for four ex-fraternity brothers at Penn State tied to the death of a 19-year-old pledge. Per the Centre Daily Times , Michael Bonatucci, Luke Visser, and Joshua Kurczewski were sentenced Tuesday by Centre County Judge Brian Marshall to minimums behind bars ranging from 30 days... More »

'Inconceivably Smooth' Whisky Comes at a Price

Bottle of Macallan 1926 expected to fetch up to $923K at auction

(Newser) - Only 40 bottles of Macallan 1926 whisky were produced in 1986. Of those, 12 featured a label designed by Sir Peter Blake, one of the artists who created the cover art for The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, per Vox . The ultra-rare bottle could now... More »

End-of-Day Drink Kills at Least 150

Tainted alcohol takes the lives of Indian tea garden workers

(Newser) - Tea garden workers in India like ending the day with a little moonshine, but a recent batch turned out to be deadly—killing at least 150 people and hospitalizing about 200 others in a remote part of northeastern Assam state, NPR reports. Authorities have already arrested 10 suspects and others... More »

The Most Popular Beer in America

Bud Light leads by a mile

(Newser) - People may rave over their favorite craft brews, but the most popular beer brand in America is, by far, Bud Light. Numbers crunched by 24/7 Wall St. prove the point, with the number of barrels shipped in 2017 doubling its nearest rival. Maybe the only silver lining for those hoping... More »

They Were Feasting. Then They Began Dying

Dozens dead in India after downing 'spurious' liquor

(Newser) - Police say 39 people have died and another 27 fallen sick from drinking spurious liquor containing toxic methanol in several villages in northern India. Senior police officer Ashok Kumar says 26 died in two separate incidents in the state of Uttar Pradesh, 190 miles east of the New Delhi capital,... More »

He Allegedly Killed a Fellow Cop. Now, a New Accusation

Nathaniel Hendren was reportedly drinking while on duty, per disciplinary document

(Newser) - Authorities in St. Louis are still trying to get to the bottom of how off-duty police officer Katlyn Alix was shot and killed last week while at the apartment of an on-duty colleague, and now the latter is facing allegations that he, along with his partner who was also on... More »

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