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An Ode to Day Drinking

Sam Howzit (CC BY 2.0)

Sam Howzit (CC BY 2.0)

As of late I have been drinking a lot again. Not at home of course, that just shows a lack of imagination, which no one has ever accused me of lacking. No, I have been drinking at a particular place, where I know the bartender, as well as 90 percent of the boozers around the bar.

I do this in the day for the most part, when I get tired of sitting around my place and writing. It gets isolating. That’s what I tell myself, anyway. The woman I live with comes home around 4:30 or so. I usually leave here around 3. She thinks I leave and go drinking because I don’t want to hang out with her. I have not decided whether or not this is true.

The bar I frequent most often is not far from where I live, it’s just up the hill in fact.… Read the rest

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How we became the heaviest drinkers in a century

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Chrissie Giles on her generation’s climb to Peak Booze.

I first met alcohol in the late 1980s. It was the morning after one of my parents’ parties. My sister and I, aged nine or ten, were up alone. We trawled the lounge for abandoned cans. I remember being methodical: pick one up, give it a shake to see if there’s anything inside and, if there is, drink! I can still taste the stale, warm metallic tang of Heineken (lager; 5% alcohol by volume) on my tongue. Just mind the ones with cigarette butts in.

Other times we’d sneak a sip of Dad’s Rémy Martin VSOP (cognac; 40%) when he wasn’t looking, even though we didn’t like the taste. It came in a heavy glass bottle that he kept in the sideboard. He’d pour himself a glass at night, the ice cubes clinking as he walked to his small office to make phone calls.… Read the rest

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Stoned Driving Just Isn’t That Safe

It’s a stoner truism that driving while stoned is inherently safer than driving drunk, but according to Aeon, that doesn’t mean smoking weed and driving is actually a safe practice:

…The car is central to film’s exposition of stoner life. Driving-while-baked is shown as problematic, if hilariously so, because it is risky and sometimes scary and more likely to bring you into contact with the police than staying somewhere quiet. In other words, plenty of pop culture suggests that pot and cars are probably two things better left unmixed.

Cheech & Chong

Cheech & Chong


Yet, stoners themselves often argue to the contrary, that scientific evidence proves stoned driving to be safe driving. When I was in college, I heard several references to a mythological study conducted in the Netherlands – my friends would have said it was done ‘in Amsterdam’ – which showed that driving high was not only safer than driving drunk but also safer than driving straight.

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Drinking and Writing: A Love Story

Drinking and writing have always been joined at the hip. There is something oddly romantic about the drunk writer, brilliant, tortured, and misunderstood.

Over the years, many a young hack without talent have aspired to be the next Chandler, Bukowski, or Exley. One can’t avoid them really. You often meet them at lame parties, where they talk of Kerouac and Thompson, and how one of these days they are just going to do it. They are going to write that book that has been festering inside of them, and how that book will be filled with pain, loss, and of course, alcohol.

To be fair though, I suppose the reason people feel that way is that, when done well, there is nothing better than a tale such as this well told. Not many can do it well. It isn’t easy to catch that feeling of boozing and good times that turn bad quickly and soon get worse.… Read the rest

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London Nightclub Pumps Breathable Booze Into The Air

Sometimes when you walk into a club or bar it’s so soaked in alcohol that it feels like you could get drunk just by breathing it in, but now a London club, Alcoholic Architecture, is actually pumping alcohol-infused air for patrons to breathe, per AP via myfoxny.com:

Britons are buzzing over a temporary entry in the capital’s already saturated drinking scene: breathable booze.


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The pop-up bar, Alcoholic Architecture, uses a humidifier to pump a gin and tonic vapor into an enclosed space. Patrons absorb their alcohol from the “Cloud” by breathing in the vapors and by soaking it in through the skin and eyes.

The concept isn’t new. Douglass Miller, a beverage expert at the Culinary Institute of America, recalls seeing the idea in action back in 1998.

Descending into a basement on the south bank of the Thames, customers are handed plastic ponchos to prevent the smell from permeating their hair and clothes, then are led into a corner of the bar sheathed in plastic strips.

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Ad for The Hypnotic Bar Experiment Causes People To Hallucinate Instantly

A new ad causes people to hallucinate simply by staring at it.

Playing the video full screen will usually cause visual hallucinations that last around 10 seconds then go away. (Do not watch if you have epilepsy or are prone to seizures.)

The ad promotes  a new kind of live event that is perhaps even more bizarre – The Hypnotic Bar, a lounge where people reach altered states of consciousness without drugs or alcohol.

“The Hypnotic Bar is an experiment attempting to prove that altered states are ultimately all in the mind. Your brain is making you high, not the drugs,” said Albert Nerenberg, hypnotist and director of several documentaries distributed by Disinformation including Laughology, Boredom and Stupidity. “And because they’re all in the mind, you can reach wild, healthy and potentially limitless altered states without cost or compromising your health.”

The ad is intended to demonstrate that altered states are quickly achievable said Nerenberg.… Read the rest

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Colonial Americans Drank Roughly Three Times as Much as Americans Do Now

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All day drinking was common among early Americans.

Emma Green via The Atlantic:

It was a pretty common belief among the founders [regarding] America’s experiment with republicanism, that the only way that we were going to keep it was through the virtue of our citizens,” said Bruce Bustard, the curator of a National Archives exhibit on American alcohol consumption. As Rush observed the effects of alcohol consumption, he had the young nation’s future in mind: People experiencing what he saw as the “Melancholy,” “Madness,” and “Despair” of intemperance surely wouldn’t make for very good participants in democracy.

Early America was also a much, much wetter place than it is now, modern frat culture notwithstanding. Instead of binge-drinking in short bursts, Americans often imbibed all day long. “Right after the Constitution is ratified, you could see the alcoholic consumption starting to go up,” said Bustard. Over the next four decades, Americans kept drinking steadily more, hitting a peak of 7.1 gallons of pure alcohol per person per year in 1830.

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Famous Drunks in History


Lords of the Drinks has compiled a list of famous, influential drunks.

Via Lords of the Drinks:

It’s often thought or said that heavy drinkers contribute nothing to society. Well, we believe the opposite is true. Some of the greatest men and women in world history made it a daily mission to get absolutely smashed. These are the stories of the people who will be remembered forever. Brave warriors, wise politicians, creative artists, excellent sportsmen and many other distinguished historical figures made this list. Just think what the history and present existence of humankind would have looked like without these boozers…

Benjamin Franklin, ‘Founding Father’ of the United States
André the Giant, French wrestler
Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter
Ulysses S. Grant, General in the American Civil War and US president
Alexander the Great, conqueror from ancient Greece
Peter the Great, the Russian tsar of partying
Ernest Hemingway, American writer

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The Four Stages of Being a Dive Bar Regular

Alper Çuğun (CC BY 2.0)

Alper Çuğun (CC BY 2.0)

I am what is commonly known as a binge drinker. I don’t ever drink at home, but I like to go out. When I go out I like to drink a ton. When I hit the town, I, like all of the other true partiers in the world, want a place to go where I know the vibe and know I am going to get my mind crushing buzz on with the least possible hassle, combined with the most possible fun.

It should also be cheap. For a boozebag, checking your wallet the next day can be a terrifying experience.

Which is why I always have a regular bar that I frequent. The last thing you want to do if you really want to get hammered is wander around aimlessly looking for a good place to drink.

I have been a regular at different bars numerous times throughout my life.… Read the rest

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Heavy Drinkers Have Lowest IQs

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Photo: Sergeant Ian Forsyth RLC/MOD (CC)

New findings show a link between a lower IQ and and alcohol consumption amongst young men, reports the Telegraph:

People with low IQs are more likely to consume higher amounts of alcohol than those with higher IQs, a new study has claimed.

The study, which was carried out by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, surveyed 49,321 Swedish men who were born between 1949 to 1951 and were conscripted for Swedish military service from 1969 to 1971. IQ tests done upon conscription, alcohol intake, pattern of drinking, tobacco use, and medical conditions were all examined.

The results showed that men with lower results on their IQ test consumed higher levels of alcohol, leading the team to conclude that “a higher IQ results in healthier lifestyle choices”.

Sara Sjölund a student at the Institutet and corresponding author for the study, said that this was the first study to find “consistent” links between “cognitive ability and alcohol-related problems”.

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