"[T]he sublime taste of high-dollar Bourbons isn’t the only thing that whips fans into a frenzy (though that helps), it’s the thrill of the hunt and the bragging rights of having that bottle of, say, Jefferson’s Ocean or Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 year on display in the cabinet that helps bottles blow out the door before they even hit the shelves – Bourbon connoisseurs and now competing with collectors."
"New York's first-ever Denny's got its liquor license approved at the Community Board 1 meeting last night, although not quite the one it was hoping for. The Denny's team had proposed to start serving alcohol at 10 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on Saturdays, but residents were concerned about attracting 'the kind of person who wants to have a drink before noon.' So CB1 pushed the hours of alcohol service back to 11 a.m. on [...]
"Men in their 40s who drink just two pints of beer a day risk accelerating mental decline by up to six years by the time they reach retirement age…. Moderate drinking, defined as less than 2.5 units a day – roughly a pint of beer or a large glass of wine – was found to have no effect on memory, reasoning or problem solving. But men who drank more than 4.5 units a day – less than two pints or two large glasses of wine – suffered a deterioration in their ability to recall information, the equivalent to an extra six years of ageing."
"Everybody thinks they know what an 'alcoholic' is, but what about those who drink too much but fall short of the common definitions of alcoholism? Should there be a word that bridges the gap between alcoholic and non-alcoholic?" —Yes! How about "pal," "buddy," "friend," "fun person," "bon vivant," "life enjoyer" or "someone other people want to be around"? I think all of those work!
"Mulled wine is a staple of German Christmas markets, but experts warn that consumers should beware of poor quality. Overcooking the beverage was found to have reduced alcohol content and flavor in more than one in ten mugs in Berlin."
Here's what the most expensive case of wine in the world tastes like.
"Vets in Australia saved a dog from certain death — by getting him drunk in a 48 hour vodka binge."
"New research discovers a strong link between teen consumption of high-caffeine energy drinks and use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarette smoking. Investigators found that nearly one-third of US adolescents consume high-caffeine energy drinks or 'shots.' Researchers believe the same characteristics that attract young people to consume energy drinks — such as being 'sensation-seeking or risk-oriented' — may make them more likely to use other substances as well."
"A former schoolteacher killed his friend after a drunken argument over which is superior, poetry or prose, investigators in the Sverdlovsk region said on Wednesday." Also: "The killing came four months after an argument over the theories of 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant ended in a man being shot in a grocery store in southern Russia."
"There are 1,368 wine and liquor stores in business in New York City — a 14% spike from 2010 — and businesspeople say the wine trend is part of the uptick."
How can you not drink in January when drinking is the only thing that makes January bearable?
"More than half a million people have been hospitalised in the past three years because of drink or drugs, with those in their 40s behind a surge in cases that is putting a strain on the NHS, official figures reveal. A total of 533,302 people in England have been admitted to hospital as an emergency since 2010 with serious health problems related to their consumption of alcohol or illicit substances. The vast majority were admissions for conditions specifically related to alcohol abuse, such as liver problems. Of those, 60,738 were aged 40 to 44 and another 60,083 were 45 to 49 – together, more than a fifth of the total. [...]
"[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 [...]
Here is a hidden camera investigation focused on suburban New Jersey adults purchasing alcohol for actors posing as thirsty teenagers. It is hard-hitting exposes like this one that Edward R. Murrow had in mind when he invented broadcast journalism in 1948.
If you love liquor and hate Jersey, this is your Sophie's choice.
"I love Savennières, but I will concede it’s not particularly likable. That is to say, it’s not an easygoing, friendly sort of wine. It requires a commitment, which is not necessarily a step that everybody wants to take. I understand the feeling. Just as I often prefer a thriller to a work of literature, I sometimes don’t want to make the effort to ponder a wine. I just want to enjoy it. At those moments, I would leave the cork in the Savennières. But given the proper time, energy and sense of resolve, the rewards of a good Savennières are many."
"A customer pays for a Fosters beer at the Occidental Hotel in central Sydney June 21, 2011." —Can you guess the story from the photo caption? I must confess that I could not.
"‘As long as people are doing reasonably sensible things, who are we to tell them what to do? If people are not ending up paralytic in hospital, it doesn’t seem to be doing any harm."