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Postal Service Considers Cutting Into Alcohol Shipping Business

Postal Service Considers Cutting Into Alcohol Shipping Business

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As the U.S. Postal Service faces $15 billion in losses this year as fewer people send mail, one of the ways it hopes to raise money is by shipping alcohol.Private carriers have been shipping alcohol …

‘Smoking’ Alcohol and the Sobering Risks of Ingestion Fads

‘Smoking’ Alcohol and the Sobering Risks of Ingestion Fads

http://www.vaportini.com(NEW YORK) — Drinkers who have grown bored with drinking alcohol in liquid form, or who are hoping to skip the calories, have found a way to “smoke” their favorite spirits.Vaporizing alcohol in either dry ice or thr…

Nearly One-Third of Underage Drinking Deaths Are Traffic-Related

Nearly One-Third of Underage Drinking Deaths Are Traffic-Related

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Nearly two-thirds of deaths due to underage drinking are not related to drunk driving, according to data analysis  released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. One of MADD’s initiatives urges parents …

Study: Light Drinking During Pregnancy Has No Effect on Children

Study: Light Drinking During Pregnancy Has No Effect on Children

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONDON) — A study shows that drinking alcohol lightly during pregnancy may not have a negative effect on children.The study, which was published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, evaluated over 10,000 child…

Lawsuit Claims Budweiser and Other Brands are Watered-Down

Lawsuit Claims Budweiser and Other Brands are Watered-Down

Alexander Zemlianichenko JR/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SAN FRANSISCO) — There may be some truth to the joke that certain beers are no more than water.
A new class lawsuit claims Anheuser-Busch is watering down its Budweiser and several other brands, a…

Maker’s Mark Rethinks Cutting Alcohol Content

Maker’s Mark Rethinks Cutting Alcohol Content

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LORETTO, Ky.) — Maker’s Mark drew a storm of complaints when the venerable bourbon distiller announced this week it would be diluting its whisky due to anticipated supply shortages, but on Sunday it announced it is scrappi…

MIT Student Invents LED Ice Cubes to Track Alcohol Intake

MIT Student Invents LED Ice Cubes to Track Alcohol Intake

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An MIT grad student is turning a bad party night into a product with potential.It was fall semester last year when 23-year-old Dhairya Dand decided to hit up a party at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Sev…

Colorado Teens to Drink with Parental Supervision?

Colorado Teens to Drink with Parental Supervision?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DENVER) — The state of Colorado will shift its focus away from recently legalized marijuana and toward underage drinking…with supervision, that is. Republican Senator Greg Brophy from Wray, Colo., hopes to propose a new l…

Idaho Inmates Sue Booze Companies, Blame Them for Being in Jail

Idaho Inmates Sue Booze Companies, Blame Them for Being in Jail

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Five inmates at a jail in Boise, Idaho, have filed a billion dollar lawsuit, claiming they wouldn’t be behind bars if it wasn’t for booze.The Idaho Statesman reports Cory A. Baugh, Jeremy J. Brown, Keith Allen Brown,…

Alcohol, Caffeine May Be Risky New Year’s Mix

Alcohol, Caffeine May Be Risky New Year’s Mix

John Nordell/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — If you’re thinking about using energy drinks to stay up into the wee hours to welcome in the New Year, take caution: the whopping caffeine dose and other additives in those drinks…

New Year, New Headache? Hangover Cures and Myths

New Year, New Headache? Hangover Cures and Myths

Steve Mason/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After the Times Square ball drops on New Year’s Eve and copious amounts of champagne get toasted and drunk, many might find themselves forgetting more ”auld acquaintances” than they intend…

Alcohol Allergies Can Cause Sneezing, Flushing, Headache

Alcohol Allergies Can Cause Sneezing, Flushing, Headache

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Alcohol allergies are possible at any age, but they are not common, affecting less than 5 percent of all people who suffer from food allergies, according to Dr. Clifford Bassett, clinical assistant professor in the divi…

Homemade Eggnog Can Kill Salmonella with Booze

Homemade Eggnog Can Kill Salmonella with Booze

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — What could be more festive than a dozen raw eggs, a quart of rum and a pint of bourbon getting friendly in a pot in the fridge for six weeks?Conventional wisdom would suggest eggnog should bring about a spike in salm…

US Navy Bans Sailors in Japan from Drinking at Night

US Navy Bans Sailors in Japan from Drinking at Night

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — The U.S. Navy is cracking down on sailors in Japan following a string of arrests involving military personnel.Sailors will now be banned from drinking alcohol between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., even if they are in their homes, r…

Alcohol Calories Nearly Equal Soda’s for US Adults

Alcohol Calories Nearly Equal Soda’s for US Adults

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The holiday season is generally a time we let ourselves overdo it a bit when it comes to drinking alcohol. But did you ever wonder how many calories in your diet come from booze? You might be surprised. On a typ…

New Study Finds Americans Drink Too Many Empty Calories

New Study Finds Americans Drink Too Many Empty Calories

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When it comes to empty calories, alcohol plays a large part for many Americans. A new CDC study finds alcoholic drinks make up about five per cent of the calories American adults consume.The study asked more than …

Weight-Loss Surgery Tied to Substance Abuse

Weight-Loss Surgery Tied to Substance Abuse

Tom Morello/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Weight-loss surgery can help people who are obese ditch their unhealthy relationships with food.  But a new study suggests these patients sometimes enter a rebound relationship with something else — alcohol, dr…

Nitrogen Cocktail Explodes in Teen, Stirring Up Debate

Nitrogen Cocktail Explodes in Teen, Stirring Up Debate

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Celebrity chefs, master mixologists and medical experts from around the world are steamed up about a report that a British teenager had a portion of her perforated stomach removed after ingesting liquid nitrogen in a…

eBay Begins Removing Alcohol Listings After “20/20” Report on Teen Buyer

eBay Begins Removing Alcohol Listings After “20/20” Report on Teen Buyer

iStockphotos/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The online marketplace eBay has said it will begin removing listings for beer and liquor from its site after a teen working with 20/20 successfully ordered vodka from two eBay vendors. The vendors advertised their p…

Forget Fake IDs: Can Kids Buy Alcohol on eBay?

Forget Fake IDs: Can Kids Buy Alcohol on eBay?

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The online marketplace eBay is a popular site for bidding on rare finds and selling your own household treasures, but resourceful teens might also find another use for it: scoring booze. While eBay prohibits the sale of all alcoho…

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