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December 12, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Scientists know that the best way to make a vodka martini is to mix the ingredients with a thin wooden spoon -- it combines the ingredients effectively without raising the drink's temperature the way a metal stirrer would. So why would James Bond, the world's most sophisticated martini drinker, routinely order his cocktail “shaken, not stirred”? A trio of British medical researchers believe they have the answer: The heavy-drinking 007 most likely suffered from an alcohol-induced tremor that forced him to shake his martinis.
December 10, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Demi Lovato may have been shy a few years back about her reasons for going to rehab, but these days she's holding nothing back, telling all about the drug and alcohol abuse that saw her hitting bottom when she was only 19 years old. Cocaine every half hour and a Sprite bottle full of vodka were the toxic cherries on top of her eating-disorder sundae, she told " Access Hollywood " in an exclusive interview she did Monday accompanied by her...
November 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Leigh Steinberg was once known for his boyish good looks and an elite clientele that included Troy Aikman, Warren Moon and a multitude of other famous names. Until it all fell apart. Sipping from a bottle of water, he talks about it in the third person. "Here's the thing about drunks," Steinberg says. "They're good at it. "Here's the thing about really smart drunks. "They're very good at it. " Now Steinberg is starting over. No clients yet. He has a handful of employees, though.
November 19, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
A group of chronic alcoholics was a nuisance in Amsterdam's Oosterpark. So the group was put to work -- in exchange for beer, Agence France-Presse reports . Thanks to a program supported by donations and state funds, they work three days a week, earning 10 euros (about $13), tobacco and five cans of beer each day. The beers aren't given as a lump sum but are doled out throughout each workday. "The aim is to keep them occupied, to get them doing something so they no longer cause trouble at the park," Gerrie Holterman, who heads the Rainbow Foundation project, told the news agency . Amsterdam isn't exactly known for being uptight - its famous Red Light district hosts legal prostitution and marijuana smoking (you can even be offered a pot menu upon entering a “coffee shop” )
November 15, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's Nick Pasquale had a blood-alcohol content of 0.26% when he was struck and killed by a car in the early morning hours on Sept. 8, Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said. As a reference point, the legal limit for driving a vehicle in California is 0.08%. Pasquale, a walk-on receiver, was walking home from a friend's house in San Clemente at the time of the accident. Hallock said the cause of death was blunt-force trauma. The driver of the car called police and waited for their arrival.
November 10, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The Orange County Crime Lab produced inaccurate blood alcohol test results in 2,200 driving-under-the-influence cases filed by prosecutors this year - mistakes that could affect outcomes in dozens of cases. Prosecutors in recent days sent letters to people charged with driving under the influence, including 900 whose cases resulted in convictions. The letters advised them that their cases were among those with miscalculations. Crime lab officials said the "human error" occurred over nearly five months and led to mistakes in the forensic examination of blood alcohol content.
November 6, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Elizabeth Vargas hasn't been on ABC's newsmagazine "20/20" for a while, and now we know why: The veteran newswoman is being treated for alcohol abuse, the network confirmed.  The Daily News broke the story Wednesday that Vargas, 51, checked herself into a "well-respected rehab facility" a few weeks ago and has at least a few more weeks left in her treatment. In a statement, Vargas wrote: "Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction. I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol.
October 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the death of a USC student who was found lifeless over the weekend in his off-campus apartment, a law enforcement official said. A final determination on how 22-year-old Thu Yain "Roy" Kyaw died is still pending, but the revelation comes as the university is struggling to control alcohol-related incidents. This month, campus officials placed the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon on probation after a female student visiting from Loyola Marymount University fell while dancing on a table and hurt her head and neck, according to USC officials and safety reports.
October 30, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The French newspaper Le Monde reports a new homegrown term for binge drinking: beuverie express . According to the French daily, binge drinking is defined as downing four or five glasses in less than two hours. Always on the lookout against Americanisms and slang encroaching in their language, the French have announced their equivalent for binge drinking in a official bulletin from . As of the 28th of July, beuverie express becomes part of the vocabulary for health and social medicine, defined as “massive absorption of alcohol, generally in a group, with the object of provoking drunkeness in a minimum of time.
October 16, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - One thing I don't get: If people kill people - guns don't - why is it OK for a perpetually drunken person to own a gun? Gov. Jerry Brown thinks it is. A drunk with a gun is double-barreled trouble. Studies show that a gun owner with one misdemeanor conviction - such as a DUI - is five times more likely to commit a violent crime with a firearm than a gunner with no prior arrest record, according to Garen Wintemute, director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.
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