…you can now* get moderately tanked before driving home (the equivalent of two or three drinks, which renders different sizes of people very different levels of tanked, some not at all), provided you're in a designated "remote" area, thanks to councillor Danny Healy-Rae:
“A lot of these people are living in isolated rural areas where there’s no public transport of any kind, and they end up at home looking at the four walls, night in and night out, because they don’t want to take the risk of losing their licence,” he told TheJournal.ie.
Ireland has been quite successful in recent years, it seems, in cutting down on their drunk [...]
Over at The Fix, a personal take on being both a cancer patient and an alcoholic.
In Rancho Santa Fe a vacant home in the 18000 block of Avenida Alondra was targeted. The $5 million – 10,000 square foot mansion was host to nearly 400 teenagers. Deputies found drugs, alcohol and a live DJ.
Apparently, kids are still throwing parties in big houses meant for adults, except now they've found some that don't come with any furniture, antique photographs, or shampoo bottles to do anything to. Back in my day, we stuck to abandoned, carpetless, auto factories — and hotels that used to host visitors to said auto factories. The youth of today have it too easy, is what I'm saying. [via]
"The study, published in Substance Use and Misuse, found that participants poured 12 percent more wine into a wide glass than a narrow glass. They also poured 12 percent more wine into a glass they were holding, versus one placed on a table. Color contrast affected pours, too. Participants over-poured white wine into a clear glass by 10 percent. There was less over-pouring when the wine was red."
Researchers at Iowa State University and Cornell have found that wine drinkers "often don’t know much they are consuming," which is really a crazy claim: the answer is "just a splash." [Via]
Edith Zimmerman: John Ore, Drynuary leader and expert, let's talk about Drynuary. Which, for the unfamiliar, is not-drinking for the month of January. Although everything besides booze is fair game, right?
John Ore: Correct. Drynuary centers on booze-fasting, so other vices are certainly fair game during the month. Although I've heard of folks using Drynuary to abstain from other things, like smoking the reefer. But I feel like you need to tailor the nomenclature if you're going to do that. "Drynuary" has a connotation that's very specific to booze.
Participating in Drynuary last year helped me make my brilliant decision to become a smoker. So if you're easily tempted [...]
Look, if you're the caretaker of a historical mansion, you've got a pretty sweet gig already. Especially if you and the ghosts have come to an understanding. Even if the mansion is in Pittsburgh. There's no call for this.
Hill stored the whiskey trove with plans of preserving it, but when the caretaker moved out, she discovered dozens of bottles were now empty. While Saunders initially denied the charges, a DNA test proved that he had been sipping straight from several of the bottles. Now Saunders is accused of drinking 52 bottles worth of historical whiskey, which was bottled in 1912 at the nearby West Overton Distilling Co. and [...]
FOR TOO LONG, COCKTAILS have been too big. A benchmark is the Martini: Consider the prewar versions favored by Mame Dennis, the chic Manhattanite of "Auntie Mame." We're told in the 1958 movie version that she abjures an olive garnish because it takes up too much room in such a little glass—which, in that era, might have measured anywhere between 2 and 4 ounces. By contrast, in modern glasses of 8 or 10 ounces (or more), there's so much space that three overstuffed olives have become the norm.