Alcohol





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…


This 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…


Health-conscious Americans who took part in the newest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll indicated they might avoid tobacco, sugar and alcohol and opt for some marijuana instead. Patrick O’Connor explains.













Fruit FlyReports Bloomberg via the San Francisco Chronicle:

Male fruit flies become barflies when rejected by females, choosing alcohol-spiked food more often than their successful brothers in a study that suggests it may be due to a brain chemical also found in humans.

The spurned flies had lower levels of a molecule in their brains called neuropeptide F than the males who were allowed to mate, according to findings published today in the journal Science. Neuropeptide Y, the version found in humans, has been tied to addiction and mental illness, said Ulrike Heberlein, one of the researchers.

The molecule may begin to explain how experience and environment shape human addictions, said Heberlein. About half of a person’s risk of addiction is genetic, and environment is known to play a role. The experiment may help explain the biological triggers that affect certain behavior or cravings and could help research into treatments for addiction …


Now you might think that’s a crazy headline, but as Frank Bruni points out in the New York Times, “Congress last revised excise taxes on distilled spirits in 1991, [and] the real…


So what do teens do to be different from their parents these days? Write code? From the New York Times: Every few years, parents find new reasons to worry about their teenagers….


Brian Palmer discovers that it’s an open and shut case, for Slate: A new study suggests that legalizing medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities. The authors noted that legalizing marijuana reduces alcohol consumption, and…



A nonsensical waste of time? Goofy conceptual art? Or a magical cross-sensory experiment? A device that converts any word that you type into a cocktail, via Morskoiboy: My piece has buttons working…