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Vaping Alcohol

Vaping alcohol? Sheesh, doesn’t that take all the best parts of drinking away? Apparently not according to Playboy:

Vaping alcohol sounds like a fictional way to binge-drink dreamed up by paranoid parents. Remember vodka tampons? So we had our doubts with the Vaportini, a gadget that allows you to literally inhale booze. But after putting it through comprehensive tests, we are surprised to conclude that vaping alcohol is awesome.

First, the science: In theory, vaporized alcohol is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. It sidesteps the digestive tract, which means you don’t ingest calories, carbs or fillers. The alcohol content of one inhalation is about the same as one sip of a mixed drink or beer. (You can read actual data on how vaporized alcohol affects the body here.) According to the Vaportini company, users can immediately feel the effects of the vaporized alcohol, as opposed to waiting half an hour to feel the effects of swallowed spirits.

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“Crossfaded”: What happens when you’re drunk and stoned at the same time?

By Elvert Barnes via Flickr.

By Elvert Barnes via Flickr.

Luckily, Popular Science has the answer.

via Popsci:

The intoxicating effects of alcohol and of marijuana have been widely studied, but their combined effect—getting “cross-faded“—is woefully underexplored scientific territory. Here’s a look at what we know about how pot and booze together affect the brain.

First, the basics: Marijuana contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which acts on the brain’s cannabinoid receptors. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system. Trying to compare the two isn’t even like comparing apples and oranges, says Gary Wenk, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Ohio State University. “It’s apples and vegetables. They’re very different drugs.” An extremely simplified explanation would be to say that THC largely has cognitive effects, like paranoia and a distorted sense of time, while alcohol mainly affects motor skills, making it hard to walk in a straight line and causing slurred speech.

So does combining weed and alcohol just add their respective effects together?

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Mark Bittman’s ‘Drinker’s Manifesto’

The conclusion of Mark Bittman’s “Drinker’s Manifesto” (in the New York Times) is really the best part: “…when it comes to public health we fail to prioritize correctly. The C.D.C. says that excessive alcohol consumption causes 88,000 deaths a year and ‘costs the economy about $224 billion.’ Obesity-related illnesses cause somewhere around 112,000 deaths, and cost maybe a trillion dollars. You don’t see the C.D.C. saying that people under 21 years of age ‘drink too much’ if they consume a can of soda. But it should.” Bittman has a pretty good rationalization for boozing:

Across my desk recently came a reissue of the 1964 classic “The Drinking Man’s Diet,” a cute little volume that maintains that if you drink a bit you’ll lose weight. Counterintuitive, since one of the things we think we know about alcohol is that it provides truly empty calories, which generally speaking cause weight gain (see, for example, soda).

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Hunter S. Thompson’s Daily Drug and Drink Routine

H/T Dangerous Minds

Taken from HUNTER: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson by E. Jean Carroll:
You can get a free copy here.

3:00 p.m. rise
3:05 Chivas Regal with the morning papers, Dunhills
3:45 cocaine
3:50 another glass of Chivas, Dunhill
4:05 first cup of coffee, Dunhill
4:15 cocaine
4:16 orange juice, Dunhill
4:30 cocaine
4:54 cocaine
5:05 cocaine
5:11 coffee, Dunhills
5:30 more ice in the Chivas
5:45 cocaine, etc., etc.
6:00 grass to take the edge off the day
7:05 Woody Creek Tavern for lunch-Heineken, two margaritas, coleslaw, a taco salad, a double order of fried onion rings, carrot cake, ice cream, a bean fritter, Dunhills, another Heineken, cocaine, and for the ride home, a snow cone (a glass of shredded ice over which is poured three or four jig­gers of Chivas)
9:00 starts snorting cocaine seriously
10:00 drops acid
11:00 Chartreuse, cocaine, grass
11:30 cocaine, etc, etc.

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Drugs and Alcohol Are (All?) In The Mind

hypnosisWhat if all drug and alcohol states are actually in the mind?

A performance by a Hypnotist at Toronto’s Idea City suggests just that. It would make the trillions spend on alcohol and dangerous drugs seem ridiculous and unnecessary.

Hypnotist Albert Nerenberg, stage name Neuron, elaborates on an old hypnotist parlour trick of hypnotizing someone into being drunk. Instead Nerenberg demonstrates that volunteers could be made very drunk, high on cocaine, experience ecstasy and even to hallucinate while hypnotized. The event was shot for Canadian Television.

“While this does require deeper states of hypnosis,” said Nerenberg. “It seems like the sky’s the limit. I’ve put people on LSD, Ecstasy, DMT and even fictional drugs that don’t exist.”

The best thing is there appears to be no side affects.

“I’m not talking about subtle contact highs here. People describe these experiences as completely real and we see physical side effects. Accelerated heart rates, pupil dilation, full hallucinations,” said Nerenberg.… Read the rest

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Pythagorean Cup: The Cup For Gluttons

I’d venture to say there’s a glutton hiding inside all of us. Some of us are gluttons for food, some for money, and some for that enchanting nectar – alcohol. Alcohol addiction has plagued human kind since we first discovered the joys of that sweet, fermented liquid. The ancient Greeks were no less immune to gluttonous drinking and Pythagoras of Samos cleverly designed a cup that would expose the greedy: the Pythagorean Cup.

Pythagorean cup, (Author: Nevit Dilmen)

Pythagorean cup diagram, (Author: Nevit Dilmen)

From Wikipedia:

A Pythagorean cup (also known as a Pythagoras cup, a Greedy Cup or a Tantalus cup) is a form of drinking cup that forces its user to imbibe only in moderation. Credited to Pythagoras of Samos, it allows the user to fill the cup with wine up to a certain level. If they fill the cup only to that level, the imbiber may enjoy a drink in peace. If they exhibit gluttony, however, the cup spills its entire contents out of the bottom (onto the lap of the immodest drinker).

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Drunk Midwesterners Make Up the Majority Of UFO Witnesses

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Soviet UFO chart (PD)

Takeaway message: ET likes to party.

Click through to check out a nifty chart that lays out all of the extra-drunk, extra-terrestrial info you need.

Tuesday is the 67th anniversary of the rumored alien crash-landing in Roswell, New Mexico. But extraterrestrial aviators have been rather busy in the last few decades.

The National UFO Reporting Center has received about 90,000 reported sightings of UFOs in the last 40 years, according to the Economist. That’s about six per day—with the majority happening on Fridays, in the West, and during, um, drinking hours.

via The Hard Data on UFO Sightings: It’s Mostly Drunk People in the West – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic.

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Marijuana Might Make You a Worse Driver Than Alcohol Does

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Young women smoking marijuana on the banks of the Frio River

We thought the question “Is It More Dangerous To Drive Drunk Or Stoned?” had already been definitively answered in favor of alcohol being the more dangerous (although we did find a study suggesting “Smoking Marijuana Nearly Doubles Risk Of Driving Accidents“), but in a New Republic review of yet another study it seems that the answer is less black and white than had previously been thought:

Supporters of legal marijuana, medical or otherwise, are fond of pointing out that marijuana is less deadly than alcohol. Even President Obama’s deputy drug czar admitted as much in February. That doesn’t mean pot is harmless: USA Today reported Tuesday that marijuana’s role in traffic fatalities tripled between 2000 and 2010, according to Columbia University researchers. But driving stoned is still safer than driving drunk, right? Don’t be so sure.

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How Much Do You Drink? Liar!

Are you lying about how much you drink or just grossly underestimating? It’s pretty much going to be one or the other for the average person writes Keith Humphreys at New York Mag’s Science of Us blog:

One of the enduring mysteries of alcohol research is that when you tally up all the booze that people report consuming when they are surveyed about their drinking habits, it rarely adds up to even half of the alcohol sold.  So either we pour half of the liquor we purchase into the sea (could this be the origin of the phrase “drank like a fish”?) or we tend to forget — or intentionally lie about — how much sauce we imbibe. A clever new study in the journal Addiction provides clues about who is worst at owning up to the full extent of their drinking.

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The researchers surveyed over 40,000 people with standard alcohol survey questions about their quantity and frequency of alcohol consumption — “How many drinks have you had in the past month?” and so on.

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Powdered Alcohol Debuts

palcoholThis stuff is about as far from a single malt or cult cabernet as you can get, but sadly Palcohol is probably going to be more popular than either. SB Nation hails powdered alcohol’s potential to liven up boring sports games:

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”

These are essentially Capri Suns for adults. A large, booze-filled pouch designed to turn every trip to Chuck E. Cheese into a party. This isn’t some pie-in-the-sky, wacky idea. This stuff has been approved!

It’s important to note that the powder can be used in drinks OR on food. So, who other than Spilly would be interested in this marvelous monstrosity? Palcohol has the answers.

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