"[Y]ou may be surprised to learn that there’s no scientific evidence whatsoever to support the idea that alcohol makes you put on weight. That’s hugely counter-intuitive, I know, because alcohol certainly is said to contain lots of calories. But the curious fact remains that alcohol isn’t fattening. Here’s just some of the evidence." — Now you could click through to see what this evidence says and decide for yourself whether or not Science writer Tony Edwards' claim that alcohol is actually good for [...]
"While it’s hard to quantify how many people experience blackouts, social media has definitely made the problem more visible. Adolescents and young adults now increasingly use Facebook and Instagram to figure out where they were the night before and what they were doing."
"After being stabbed in a brawl outside a Capitol Hill bar early this morning, a 21-year-old went back for another drink before heading to a medical facility."
Most days you show up to work in spite of the fact that you know it's going to make you want to die. You do your job as best you can, quietly but diligently, keeping your complaints to yourself and negotiating the thousand little minefields that strew themselves about the arena of any human endeavor in which deadlines and hierarchies are the twin engines that fuel the drive forward. You keep your head down to the extent that you know you are there to get things done, not make it The You Show, and if you're desperately waiting for the moment the day ends and you can finally carve out [...]
"It’s the John Woo effect. Everything is bigger, faster, stronger, harder." —Guess!
"It's binge-drinking in an instant. It's like doing five or six shots, into your bloodstream, right away," says a guy who ostensibly means to discourage such behavior among young people.
What wine will be drinking during our future of fire and flood? If you said, "Who cares, life is but a grim slog through boredom and despair, what does it matter which varietal we choose to blot out the pain with?" you are essentially correct but you do sound a little joyless, you know? Unwind, you're going to end up in the ground anyway. Might as well savor a few suitable spirits before the inevitable occurs.
"Just when it seemed flavored booze couldn't get any sweeter, here comes Cinnabon vodka."
Why does binge drinking make your bones more breaky? The answer may etc. you.
"Many people who end their Friday or Saturday nights in a hospital emergency room have been drinking alcohol. In fact, public health experts estimate that about one-third of all injury-related ER visits involved alcohol consumption. But what, exactly, are people drinking?… When [researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health] surveyed ER patients who’d been drinking, they found that Budweiser was [...]
"New York State Liquor Authority inspectors are drinking away your tax dollars. The probers are racking up pricey booze bills while investigating restaurants suspected of illegally serving alcoholic drinks outdoors, the Daily News has learned. In one case, two inspectors checking out a Staten Island restaurant ordered six bottles of Bud Light, running up a $54 tab, while checking to ensure the restaurant wasn’t violating liquor laws, according to records obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request." —I'm sorry, where I come from, having to drink six BUD LIGHTS in the line of duty is called "taking one for the team," and deserves commendation, not scorn. You can [...]
"'The beer belly is a complete myth. The main source of calories in any alcoholic beverage is alcohol. …There's nothing magical about the alcohol in beer, it's just alcohol,' says Charles Bamforth, a professor of food science and technology at the University of California Davis…. All alcohols contain the same caloric ingredients. There is nothing special about beer calories that cause them to head straight to the belly." —There's a pro forma warning that drinking too much alcohol is bad for your liver—No shit! Next you're going to tell me that the NSA spies on people!—but other than that it is all good news. I mean, depending what [...]
"[A]lcohol hits people harder in their 40s and 50s than it did during their 20s and 30s. The reasons for this include changes in body composition to brain sensitivity and liver functioning. Lifestyle factors are at play, too. And since people tend to take more medications—both prescription and over-the-counter—as they age, there are more chances for uncomfortable and even dangerous booze-drug mixing." That's one answer. The other answer is that everything hurts more as you age, because the simple act of survival guarantees a larger collection of sorrows, regrets and [...]
"Taste is mostly genetic. But appreciating a fine bottle of wine can be learned."
Bourbon, Fernet and sorghum? Sure, why the hell not.
Drinkers gain the least weight over time, but only "moderate" drinkers (two a day for men, one a day for the ladies), so it hardly seems worth the effort.
You know those moments in the middle of the night when you wake up with an insatiable thirst caused by an evening of imbibification and you know only a slug of low-alcohol-content liquid will send you back to a serene slumber without causing you to void the contents of your stomach? Portugal's Vinho Verde is the perfect tipple for the pre-dawn drinker, and now that you can pick up what is apparently a pretty decent bottle for the remarkable price of $4 you'd be remiss to not have one or two chilling the fridge for those early morning gasp attacks. Head down to Astor pronto.
Hello there! As is the case every time this day comes around on the calendar, June 14th is the day we celebrate the birth of bourbon, that sweet Kentucky nectar the legends tell was first produced back in 1789. How should you commemorate this important occasion? I suggest "with bourbon." Here are two classic recipes I have designed to highlight this most perfect of liquids. You may remember them from earlier celebrations, but if you were actually celebrating properly you probably do not, so what the heck, let's give them another shot.