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  • Ban on guns in places that sell alcohol struck down on Second Amendment grounds (Truncated Title)

    08/25/2014 7:08:51 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 5 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | August 25, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Baton Rouge Code of Ordinances § 13:95.3 provides, (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to have in his possession a firearm, or other instrumentality customarily used or intended for probable use as a dangerous weapon, in any premises where alcoholic beverages are sold and/or consumed on the premises except the owner or lessee of the premises, or their employees [or law enforcement officials]…. (b) … Any person who enters a place where alcoholic beverages are sold and/or consumed on the premises does, by the mere fact of entering, consent to a search of his person for any firearm...
  • Revealed: Northern Ireland is a nation of stay-at-home binge drinkers

    08/21/2014 1:35:25 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    belfasttelegraph ^ | 20 August 2014 | Adrian Rutherford
    A new Government report into Northern Ireland drinking habits has provided a fascinating snapshot, which is challenging the traditional views of problem alcohol consumption. The results show that more than half of people in Northern Ireland say they exceed the recommended daily alcohol limit – with one in six men admitting they do so at least three times a week. It found 71% of men and 58% of women admitted they drink more than they should, according to official guidelines.
  • Dear Mona, How Many People Have Never Drunk Alcohol?

    08/08/2014 4:47:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 8/8 | Mona Chalabi
    Dear Mona, I am 24 years old and have never drunk alcohol. What percent of people in my cohort do not drink? Tyler, 24, North Carolina Dear Tyler, Your probability of having experienced a hangover: zero. aAFXz7a There’s an abundance of statistics on binge drinking and the costs of alcohol consumption, but looking at the people behind the zeros is more challenging. To understand abstention trends, we can’t do much better than the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Its latest data is based on 68,309 interviews conducted across the United States in 2012. The survey asked Americans whether...
  • White lightnin,' still lead to arrest

    08/04/2014 4:32:05 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | August 4, 2014 | Robert Nolin and Linda Trischitta,
    In response to a tip, agents with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco arrested Marek Christopher Amann, 32, and charged him with, among other counts, possession of more than a gallon of illegal liquor and possession of a still. The counts are third-degree felonies, which carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
  • 300 Guests Brawl in Giant Wedding Fight

    07/30/2014 8:46:53 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 65 replies
    Newser ^ | July 30, 2014 | Matt Cantor
    "A huge fight erupted at a New Jersey wedding this weekend, with 300 guests involved in the tussle as police struggled to control the situation. The wedding-hall brawl, which, unsurprisingly, involved booze"
  • Dozens of ill Keith Urban fans treated at concert near Boston (ill = 'snockered')

    07/27/2014 5:18:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo! Music ^ | 7/27/14 | Scott Malone - Reuters
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Forty-six music fans were treated for mostly alcohol-related medical problems at Australian country singer Keith Urban's concert outside Boston on Saturday night, local officials said. Fire and emergency medical personnel dealt with dozens of ill fans during the show at an outdoor arena in Mansfield, Massachusetts, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Boston, the town's police and fire departments said in a joint statement on Sunday. Some 22 people were transported to area hospitals, mostly for alcohol-related illness, and more than 50 people were taken into protective custody by police, who noted that the large number...
  • Cannabis really can trigger paranoia

    07/16/2014 4:44:01 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 83 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 16 July 2014 | Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman
    *The largest ever study of the effects of the main psychoactive component of cannabis suggests that it can cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals* To discover whether cannabis really does cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals, we carried out the largest ever study of the effects of THC (∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the drug’s principal psychoactive ingredient). We recruited 121 volunteers, all of whom had taken cannabis at least once before, and all of whom reported having experienced paranoid thoughts in the previous month (which is typical of half the population). None had been diagnosed with a mental illness. The volunteers were randomly chosen to...
  • Repeal Post and Hold Alcohol Rules

    07/07/2014 1:05:50 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/2/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    Thank you Commissioners. My name is Michael LaFaive and I am director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. I am here today to exercise my right to request the partial rescission of two rules, R.436.1625 (1-4) and R.436.1726 (1-2). These are commonly referred to as "post and hold" rules. As you know, these rules mandate posting of price schedules for beer and wine and the holding of those prices for a length of time depending on the product. Research shows that these rules suffocate competition to the benefit of narrow special interests, such...
  • Egypt president raises cigarette, alcohol prices

    07/06/2014 7:15:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 6, 2014 9:45 AM EDT
    Egypt’s president has issued a decree raising the sales tax on cigarettes by up to 50 percent and on beer by 200 percent. […] President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, former military chief elected last month, vowed to take tough decisions to address the country’s battered economy. This weekend, el-Sissi also partially lifted subsidies on fuel, a politically sensitive issue that Egypt’s previous leaders had avoided. …
  • What Are the Best Looking Beer Cans in America?

    07/03/2014 10:50:02 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 59 replies
    ad week ^ | 7-3-2014 | David Griner
    The can comeback, led by brands like Ska Brewing, Oskar Blues and New Belgium, has opened up a 360-degree canvas for label designers typically restricted to the few stickers on a beer bottle. Thrillest has (with the help of CraftCans.com guru and Canned! author Russ Phillips) created a handy gallery of its picks for the "10 coolest-looking beer cans in America." And while I was glad to see a few of my personal favorites on the list (including my friends and neighbors at Good People Brewing in Birmingham, Alabama), I feel like they left off a few brews that are...
  • A Request For Lower Beer And Wine Prices

    07/01/2014 1:56:36 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/28/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Your beer and wine costs more than it should because Michigan has anti-competitive rules that benefit wholesalers instead of consumers. That's because of "post and hold" rules that mandate that alcohol wholesalers and manufacturers post price changes for beer and wine and then leave them in place for a specific amount of time, said Michael LaFaive, director or the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Locking in prices allows companies to coordinate pricing with their so-called competition, he said. At the Michigan Liquor Control Commission's semi-annual public hearing on Thursday, the Mackinac Center submitted a...
  • 100 years ago today, the US Navy banned alcohol but had one last party

    07/01/2014 7:49:59 AM PDT · by Saint X · 10 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 1, 2014 | USNI News Staff
    As a flotilla of naval vessels from around the world participates in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) to sustain relationships in the maritime community, a century ago this week international navies converged for a remarkably different occasion—to drink the last of the U.S. Navy’s supply of alcohol. On July 1, 1914 the ships of the U.S. Navy officially became dry under General Order No. 99.
  • MGH To Quiz All Patients About Use Of Alcohol And Illegal Drugs

    06/30/2014 3:59:23 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 47 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 06/30/2014 | CBS
    Massachusetts General Hospital plans to begin questioning all patients about their use of alcohol and illegal drugs starting this fall, even if they are at MGH for a totally unrelated issue. Four questions will be posed, including “how often have you had six or more drinks on one occasion,” and “how often have you used an illegal drug in the past year?” Enough “yes” answers could prompt a special team to conduct what’s being called a “bedside intervention” and possible treatment. The mandatory treatment plan comes amid soaring numbers of opiate addiction across Massachusetts and the region, with many hospitals...
  • Tipsy Hillary dubs Obama ‘incompetent and feckless,’ a national ‘joke,’ book claims

    06/28/2014 6:33:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The thing with Obama is that he can’t be bothered, and there is no hand on the tiller half the time,” Mrs. Clinton reportedly said. “That’s the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the [expletive] tiller. Obama has turned into a joke.” Mrs. Clinton reportedly ranted about the IRS targeting of the tea party and the Justice Department’s tapping of phone records ... “All these scandals .. Obama’s allowed his hatred for his enemies to screw him the way Nixon did. … [He’s] incompetent and feckless.”
  • Drunk University of Maryland lacrosse player, 19, arrested for 'sexually-assaulting a 49-year-old...

    06/27/2014 7:53:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 26, 2014 | Ashley Collman
    A 19-year-old University of Maryland lacrosse player was arrested at an outdoor concert in Virginia Sunday night after allegedly groping a 49-year-old mother passed out on the lawn. Prince William County Police say the woman fell asleep on the Jiffy Lube Live lawn during a Zac Brown Band concert, when she woke up to find teen Benjamin Chisolm touching her inappropriately. Chisolm walked away after the attack but was later arrested for public intoxication and now faces additional charges of aggravated sexual assault. The victim, identified as 'Donna', has come forward to dispute details of the police report and reveal...
  • Mike Rowe Pens Scathing Facebook Post After Liquor Store Disagreement With a Lawyer

    06/24/2014 8:04:07 PM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 23 replies
    The Real Mike Rowe on facebook.com via toprightnews ^ | June 23, 2014 | The Real Mike Rowe
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsOne thing we love about Mike Rowe, the former “Dirty Jobs” TV host and current head of Mike Rowe Works, is that he always speaks his mind. Monday, he did so once again — and took on a lawyer in doing so.Mike hit his local liquor store last week and noticed a picture near the front of the shop: a man in a white shirt that the store was identifying as a shoplifter. “Good for you,” Rowe says he told the owner, as he retold the story on a Facebook post: “I wish every store in the country did...
  • Budweiser’s ingredients revealed for first time by Anheuser-Busch after pressure from food blogger

    06/12/2014 7:09:11 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 88 replies
    National Post ^ | June 12, 2014 | AP
    NEW YORK — The King of Beers is bowing down to a food blogger. Anheuser-Busch unveiled the ingredients of Budweiser and Bud Light for the first time Thursday, a day after a popular food blogger started an online petition to get major brewers to list what’s in their beverages. Anheuser-Busch, which also makes Beck’s, Busch and Michelob beers, said it will list the ingredients for all of its other brands online “in the coming days.” On its website, tapintoyourbeer.com, Anheuser-Busch lists the same ingredients for Budweiser and Bud Light: Water, barley malt, rice, yeast and hops. The company said it...
  • Substance abuse counselor weeps after getting 55-to-life for fatal DUI

    06/12/2014 3:08:59 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | Juen 12, 2014 | Natalie O'Neill
    A drug abuse counselor who drove drunk and struck a pedestrian — then drove around with the dying man on her windshield — bawled her eyes out in court as she was sentenced to 55 years to life in prison on Thursday. A teary-eyed Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 53, was convicted of second-degree murder, drunken driving and a hit-and-run — after killing Phillip Moreno in an LA suburb in 2012. After plowing into him, Wilkins drove for two miles with Moreno on her windshield, until other motorists swarmed her car at a traffic light and called the cops, prosecutors said. Her...
  • Woman Tweeted "2 Drunk 2 Care" Before Deadly Crash: Police

    06/11/2014 11:45:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Jun 12, 2014
    A woman charged in November's deadly head-on collision on the Sawgrass Expressway was served two large fish bowl-sized margaritas earlier that evening and tweeted "2 Drunk 2 Care" just minutes before the crash, according to a report by authorities released this week. The Florida Highway Patrol’s investigative report says that Kayla Mendoza, 20 at the time, was driving a white Hyundai the wrong way on the highway last November when she slammed into a red car being driven by Kaitlyn Ferrante and her best friend Marisa Catronio, who both died. According to the report, before the crash, Mendoza had gone...
  • Police to perform warrantless beverage inspections on ‘anybody’ visiting Fla. beaches

    06/06/2014 4:28:22 PM PDT · by Altariel · 50 replies
    PoliceStateUSA ^ | June 6. 2014 | SiteStaff
    HOLMES BEACH, FL — With the help of new technology and federal grant money, police are preparing to warrantlessly search people’s refreshments as they visit the beaches of Florida. New passive alcohol detectors can simply be hovered above a person’s beverage to detect whether it contains alcohol. Similar devices can detect alcohol on someone’s breath. “We can go up to anybody we want, OK? If we see something that looks like alcohol.” On Holmes Beach, even the mere possession of sealed alcohol containers is illegal. Police are using that as an excuse to inspect anyone’s beverage they choose. “We can...
  • The Food Trend Alert: Pizza Burgers, Baconomics and Boozy Read-Alouds

    06/02/2014 3:59:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    SNIP As you've probably realized by now, we have a weakness for extremely quirky food combinations -- hello, Cronut and Ramenburger -- and extraordinarily large things, like the 4,000-pound chocolate cake Guittard made for Beverly Hills' centennial. So how could we not tell you about the Screamin' Pizza Burger? According to Nick, the blogger behind DudeFoods -- and the man who brought the concept of bacon-lattice into the public consciousness -- all you need to make one is two full-size frozen pizzas, one four-pound beef patty and a spatula of mind-blowing proportions. Find instructions and photos -- and details on...
  • CHARGES: Neighbor, 61, pulls gun on father teaching girl to ride bike

    06/02/2014 2:01:33 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    FOX 9 ^ | 1/6/2014 | FOX 9
    ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (KMSP) - It's yet another instance of a neighbor puling a gun on a neighbor. This time, it happened in Rosemount, Minn. while a father was teaching his 7-year-old daughter how to ride a bicycle. Gary Drake, 61, is facing second-degree assault and terroristic threat charges after he was accused of brandishing a shotgun on Daytona Way last week. It's an idyllic street, but neighbors there like to talk. When Jeanne Helgeson heard rumors that a well-known neighbor had threatened someone with a gun, she didn't believe it -- until her next-door neighbor confirmed the details, that is....
  • Whiskey shortage coming your way

    05/28/2014 12:42:21 PM PDT · by TheProducer · 2,377 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 13, 2014
    <p>One of the oldest distilleries in the country is warning of what some observers are calling a “whiskey apocalypse.”</p> <p>“Despite the increase in distillation over the past few years,” says Buffalo Trace, “bourbon demand still outpaces supply.”</p> <p>The apocalypse is looming, explains Esquire, because whiskey has become trendy overnight.</p>
  • CURL: Why Hillary Clinton’s health matters

    05/29/2014 9:36:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/25/14 | Joe Curl
    Is Hillary Clinton’s health an issue for 2016? You bet it is, and well it should be. -snip- On Dec. 7, 2012, she disappeared from view — without a word. Three days passed before the State Department said the secretary of state was “under the weather” as it announced she would cancel a planned trip to the Middle East. -snip- And this wasn’t her first episode. In 1998, she was treated for a blood clot in her leg. She fainted during a 2005 speech in Buffalo, N.Y., broke her elbow in an unexplained 2009 fall in the State Department garage,...
  • Higher rates of binge drinking in gay & lesbian youth linked to ‘minority stress’ and social stigma

    05/13/2014 6:04:12 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 55 replies
    National Post ^ | May 13, 2014 | Michael Lyons
    For LGBT teenagers, burgeoning sexual identity and alcohol mix in powerful and unhealthy ways, a U.S. study suggests. Presenting the study at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, early in May, researchers say they’ve found binge drinking among gay and lesbian youth may be caused by chronic stress associated with societal stigmas. The U.S. study, by the a team at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles in conjunction with the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work, looked at the responses of more than 1,000 gay- and lesbian-identified youth in an online survey. The survey of gay...
  • Is Vermouth the Next ‘It’ Drink?

    05/04/2014 8:32:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    CBS MarketWatch ^ | April 25, 2014 | Charles Passy
    The back story: Is vermouth the next “it” sip? Certainly, that’s what a number of wine and spirits enthusiasts are suggesting. Though the category has basically been flat sales-wise since 2011 — at about 1.5 million cases per year, according to the Beverage Information Group — a number of boutique vermouths have come onto the market, playing up the sip’s unique flavor and heritage. (Vermouth is typically a wine that’s been enhanced with botanicals, sugar and a stronger spirit.) Indeed, even though vermouth is primarily associated with European producers, there’s now a quality one being made right in New York....
  • New Union Ad Says Beer in Grocery Stores 'Kills Children'

    05/04/2014 11:13:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    The liquor store union in Pennsylvania is on the ropes. Right now if one wants to buy beer or liquor in the Keystone State one must buy it from the state owned liquor stores. Run by state employees. But soon Pennsylvania will likely join the civilized world in allowing its residents to buy beer the way God intended. From a gas station. This is curtains for the liquor store employee union and it is not giving up without a fight. The spin guys for the union put together this ad to warn us that if booze was taken out of...
  • Recent Studies on Pot and Brain Damage Need to be Given “Sober” Attention

    05/02/2014 2:09:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/1/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A study recently came out analyzing the damage to the brain caused by pot smoking. Unfortunately, it came out during the week of the Triduum, and a Catholic blog like this had another focus at that time. But it’s time to circle back and have a look.I wrote some time ago of my anecdotal observation that the pot smokers I knew all developed serious problems with motivation, and that the effects of being “high” lingered long after toking a joint and went on to become semi-permanent. It involved a glazed look, a shuffling gait, and a lethargic attitude largely exemplified...
  • Find the Strength of your Favorite Alcoholic Beverage

    04/29/2014 11:02:48 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 12 replies
    What is the alcohol content of beer? Well that depends on what you’re drinking. Locate your favorite brand below to find out.
  • Federal Government Approves Powdered Alcohol for Drinking: Palcohol

    04/21/2014 12:03:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    foodworldnews.com ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | Dina Exil
    According to USA Today, the U.S. federal government has approved a new brand of powdered alcohol, "Palcohol." The alcohol comes in a powdered form that can be stirred into beverages or sprinkled over food. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved seven new versions of Palcohol, including Margarita, Lemon Drop, Mojito, and Cosmopolitan flavors. Palcohol, which already exists in countries like Germany and Japan, will reportedly hit shelves this fall. According to the company's website, each pouch of powder is equivalent to one shot of alcohol. The powder is mixed in with five ounces of water, or...
  • Get Ready for Powdered Alcohol to Hit Liquor Stores This Fall

    04/21/2014 3:18:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/20/2014 | Josh Feldman
    Powdered. Alcohol. Putting aside whether you think it sounds like a good idea, does it not seem like an intriguing concept? Well, Palcohol has officially been approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, so expect this alcoholic version of the Kool-Aid powder to be in liquor stores soon enough!Here’s the pitch for Palcohol on its website: “Wouldn’t it be great to have alcohol in powder form so all one had to do is add water? Since powder is light and compact, it wouldn’t be a burden to carry.”They expect to be selling it starting this fall,...
  • Powdered alcohol is a thing, promises to make game day better

    04/18/2014 10:15:49 PM PDT · by eldoradude · 26 replies
    SB Nation ^ | April 18, 2014 | James Dator
    This is a product where absolutely nothing will go wrong, we're sure. Trying to sneak booze is an American past time. Well, not THE American past time -- but now there's a way for you to sneak alcohol easily into your favorite sporting event! Heck, you don't even need to use a syrup bottle. Meet "Palcohol"
  • St. Regis Unveils $125 Martini

    04/18/2014 2:49:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    This pricey drink is "here to troll us all," SFist proclaims.The World's Best Martini has arrived in San Francisco. And it's yours for a mere $125. Bring the company credit card to that three-martini lunch. SFist reports that the Ame Restaurant bar at the St. Regis hotel and residences in San Francisco's South of Market has crafted "the World's Greatest Martini." The drink, "San Francisco's most luxurious cocktail," is for a "spirits aficionado" who "has tried everything," according to to PR person pushing the drink. 2 Days-Old Kittens Survive Accidentally Being Mailed What could possibly be worth $125? Well --...
  • CHELSEA CLINTON MAKES HER MOVE [Hubble's girl may run for orifice]

    04/15/2014 8:14:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Fast Company.. ^ | DANIELLE SACKS
    CHELSEA CLINTON IS THE PRODUCT OF TWO OF THE MOST POWERFUL BRANDS IN THE WORLD. NOW SHE'S FINALLY CARVING OUT HER OWN IDENTITY--BY JOINING THE FAMILY BUSINESS.... I woke up one day when I was 29 and craved red meat," says Chelsea, now 34, and a self-described omnivore. "I'm a big believer in listening to my body's cravings." ... she's not just another millennial. She's political royalty. And now, finally, she has decided to join the Clinton family business.... ... "People [were] always asking me [since I was a kid], 'Do you want to go into politics?' " she tells me,...
  • Go home Uncle Sam, you’re drunk! Feds rang up $1.3M booze tab last year

    03/21/2014 9:37:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Philip Swartz
    Move over, “Animal House”; Hollywood’s got nothing on the federal government when it comes to buying booze. Federal spending records show the government spends seven figures a year stocking its cabinets with wine, beer and liquor. In fiscal 2013, the last year for which there are complete records, the government spent almost $1.3 million on alcohol, more than quadruple the $315,000 spent in 2005. The spending on liquor has increased over the years toward the $1 million mark, with 2013’s tab growing more than $400,000 over 2012. “You could say that Washington’s quite literally drunk on other people’s money,” said...
  • Get real, lower drinking age to 19

    03/20/2014 6:52:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 115 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu March 20, 2014 | William Cohan
    (CNN) -- It's been eight years since a black exotic dancer in Durham, North Carolina, accused three white Duke University lacrosse players of rape, sexual assault and kidnapping at a party. Whether you believe justice was adequately served -- without a trial, the North Carolina attorney general unilaterally declared the indicted players innocent -- one fact remains indisputable: A whole lot of underage drinking of beer and Jack Daniels was going on throughout much of that March day, badly impairing the judgment of the more than 40 man-boys in attendance. According to a June 2006 study by Aaron White, then...
  • Sugars found in tequila may protect against obesity, diabetes

    03/18/2014 7:18:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 17, 2014
    Tequila shots may do more than lighten the mood at a party; the drink may be beneficial for your health as well. According to researchers from Mexico, natural sugars derived from the agave plant, called agavins, greatly protected a group of mice against diet-induced obesity and type 2 diabetes, MedPage Today reported. […] Because agavins act as dietary fibers and do not raise blood sugar, the researchers believe the ingredient could be used as an alternative sweetening agent. …
  • St Patrick's Day: Guinness drops parade sponsorship over gay rights

    03/17/2014 2:26:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 54 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/17/2014
    Guinness has dropped its sponsorship of New York's St Patrick's Day march after organisers refused to allow groups marching in the parade carrying pro-gay signs. The beer-maker announced its descision after gay groups threatened to dump its product from the shelves of the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement. Guinness is not alone in boycotting the annual event. Other beer companies joined the boycotts earlier, with Sam Adams withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston's parade and Heineken following suit in New York. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit...
  • Erin Go Bye: Two Beer Makers Exit St. Patrick's Parades

    03/14/2014 6:57:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 150 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/14/14 | AP
    The makers of Sam Adams and Heineken beer say they are withdrawing their sponsorship of St. Patrick's Day parades because organizers exclude gay groups. Boston Beer Co., Sam Adam's brewer, said in a statement Friday that it is disappointed that an agreement couldn't be reached between the gay rights advocacy group MassEquality and Boston parade organizers that would have allowed gay veterans to march. Meanwhile, Heineken USA said it was withdrawing from the New York City parade, and told CNBC on Friday: "We believe in equality for all. We are no longer a sponsor of Monday's parade." The decisions came...
  • Sam Adams Withdraws from Boston St. Pat's Parade

    03/14/2014 2:44:44 PM PDT · by plangent · 90 replies
    WSAV-TV ^ | March 14, 2014 | Staff
    <p>The maker of Sam Adams beer says it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade because organizers exclude gay groups.</p>
  • Sam Adams Pulls Its Sponsorship of St Patrick's Day Parade Over Gay Rights

    03/14/2014 8:51:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 98 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | March 14, 2014
    Sam Adams Pulls Its Sponsorship of St Patrick's Day Parade Over Gay Rights Boston parade organisers failed to reach an agreement with gay rights advocacy group, causing beer brewer to withdraw support 14 March 2014 The New York parade organisers have also come under fire for their policy toward LGBT people. The maker of Sam Adams beer says it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston’s St Patrick’s Day parade a day after negotiations to allow gay groups to march broke down. Boston Beer Co said in a statement Friday that it is disappointed that an agreement couldn’t be reached between...
  • Alcohol, Marijuana and the Youth of America (Part 2)

    03/04/2014 5:07:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    A few weeks ago, I began to show from extensive studies and evidence how alcohol use and marijuana use compare in terms of addiction, withdrawal and using motorized vehicles. This week, I will discuss in greater detail how alcohol and marijuana compare in their effects on our minds, bodies and relationships. And then I want to conclude by addressing the most overlooked aspect of the marijuana legalization debate: its effects on the youth of America. CNN recently reported on multiple studies on alcohol and marijuana use. Of course, we know that long-term drinking can lead to neurological and psychiatric problems,...
  • Most State College bars to go dry on State Patty's Day

    03/03/2014 3:35:49 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 64 replies
    Students who arrive in State College on Saturday for the annual State Patty's Day drinking holiday will find the majority of downtown restaurants and taverns closed or dry, Penn State officials say. Damon Sims, Penn State's vice president for student affairs, said 33 of 35 downtown State College establishments, including all taverns and bottle shops, have agreed to accept monetary compensation offered by the university for a moratorium of the sale of alcohol Saturday.
  • Kerry Kennedy Says Ambien 'Overtook' Her, Causing Car Crash

    02/27/2014 3:18:36 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 67 replies
    A jury was poised to begin deliberations after Kerry Kennedy told them how she accidentally took prescription sleeping pills that then "overtook" her, causing her to crash her car on a highway. Kennedy, 54, took the stand to testify in her own defense Wednesday in her drugged driving trial. She is accused of driving under the influence of zolpidem, a sleep medication better known as Ambien, and slamming her SUV into a truck on a New York highway in July 2013.One final witness, a forensic pharmacologist, is expected to be called by the defense on Thursday to testify to the...
  • Science Says Drinking Guinness Makes You Bitter Health

    02/15/2014 6:21:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    Foodbeast ^ | February 10, 2014 | Nora Landis-Shack
    Next time you and your friends are our for a pint, maybe hold off on the dark stout. As tempting as it might be in this wintry weather, scientists have recently released a study suggesting that stout beer, Guinness in particular, might make you bitter. The study links tart and bitter tastes with, you guessed it, a tart and bitter mind. When consumed in “delicate situations,” bitter drinks might lead people to “voicing thoughts they’ll later regret.” The study asked people to rate certain scenarios on how morally questionable they were. Those with bitter drinks were much harsher on the...
  • Russia's Ban on Alcohol in Arenas Leaves Drinkers Flat

    02/14/2014 1:12:12 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/11/14 | Brian Costa
    Russia, whose most famous export may be vodka, is staging the driest Olympics in memory. For many fans, it is the biggest upset of the Winter Games. A new federal law last year prohibited the sale of alcohol inside sports stadiums and arenas. And a local ordinance last month banned alcohol sales within 50 meters of some sports venues.In the mountain Olympic venues, which are outdoors and not subject to restrictions, the alcohol flows freely. But at indoor ice venues along the Black Sea, drinking options are limited. And alcoholic beer is sold at two Coca-Cola food stand areas and...
  • Rodman drunk, vomited, defecated all over Koryo Hotel in NK

    02/10/2014 12:01:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 72 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | February 9, 2014 | Lee Kyung-min
    Dennis Rodman checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center upon returning from a trip to North Korea was the first news all over the U.S. media, but at that time, he confirmed only to the fact that he is an addict and has never recovered from the habit. But according to a report cited by Free North Korea Radio, he was practically forced out of the hermit kingdom for his full-blown drunk and disorderly behavior. “Rodman was drunk the whole week of his stay. And the night before he left for the U.S., he was drunk unconscious, and vomited everywhere...
  • Study: Liberals drink more alcohol than conservatives

    01/31/2014 11:51:19 AM PST · by Biggirl · 49 replies
    TheWeek.com ^ | January 31, 2014 | John Aziz
    A sobering new study published by the Journal of Wine Economics — yes, there is a Journal of Wine Economics — finds that alcohol consumption in American states rises as the population’s politics becomes more liberal.
  • Alcohol vs. Marijuana (Part 1)

    01/28/2014 4:11:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    I understand the arguments for the legalization of marijuana: It can generate tax revenue. It can reduce illegal supply and demand. It can strip power from cartels and lessen crime across and at our borders. And it isn't so dangerous as other illegal drugs or alcohol. President Barack Obama even claimed one of those arguments when he recently told New Yorker Editor David Remnick, "As has been well-documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through...
  • Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

    01/27/2014 2:03:55 PM PST · by Theoria · 90 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 Jan 2014 | Alastair Bland
    Within days after each season premiere and season finale of the Discovery Channel's reality show "Moonshiners," they come — a small but perceptible wave of people — to purchase suspiciously large amounts of corn, sugar and hardy strains of fermenting yeast at Austin Homebrew Supply. "We know what they're up to," says Chris Ellison, the manager of the Texas store.That is, it's obvious they're planning to ferment the sugars from grain or fruit juice into alcohol, then distill the resulting mid-strength beverage into high-alcohol hooch.Making spirits at home with plans to drink it is against federal law. Only with the...