November 25, 2010 |
We've all been there. It's the classic postprandial Thanksgiving moment, practically hallowed by time and tradition: You have pushed away your plate. You're just past the point of contentment, and your stomach, stretched to its limit, has just begun to talk back, maxed out on turkey, mincemeat, stuffings, pies, puddings, yams, mashed potatoes and a host of other starchy packing materials. You've downed several ounces of wine, which seems to have had no effect. That marvelous word of Greek origin, "dyspepsia," conveys your fluttery digestive state.
November 16, 2010 |
Caffeinated alcoholic drinks that have been making college kids sick on campuses in several states may not be around much longer -- if news report of their proposed demise are correct. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has supported such a ban, reports Tuesday on his website that the Food and Drug Administration plans to ban caffeinated alcoholic drinks like Four Loko and Joose as an "unsafe food additive to alcoholic beverages. " The statement also says the Federal Trade Commission will tell manufacturers that selling these unsafe alcoholic drinks is illegal.
October 27, 2010 |
Even by the extreme standards of typical college mayhem, the small-town college party in central Washington this month looked bad. Police were initially called to a supermarket parking lot, where they found a girl passed out in the back seat of a car next to a boy with a bloody nose. At the private house the two had just left, three girls were sprawled on a bed, a barely conscious young man was being dragged out of the backyard, a girl was prostrate on the bathroom floor and three young people were splayed senseless in a car outside.
February 24, 2010 |
If you never hear from me again, here's what happened: My older daughter storms into town to mooch off me at the Olympics, immediately unplugs the clock/radio and announces: "From now on, we're not concerned about time." Now, I've never been all that time-oriented to begin with, so the next thing I know we're at some beery pavilion overlooking this glimmering, sensational city. The pavilion is run by the Germans -- the folks from Saxony, to be precise. As you may have sensed, I frown on drinking of any sort -- even water -- yet I find this little bordello of beer and brats on the edge of Stanley Park very compelling.
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February 24, 2010 |
Siblings who served alcohol at an unsupervised high school party where a boy collapsed and later died were sentenced to community service and placed on two years' probation Tuesday during a somber hearing in which the boy's mother blamed them for the death. Patrick "P.J." Gabrielli, 18, and his sister, Alexandra "Ali" Gabrielli, 20, at whose Orinda home the party was held, listened gravely as a prosecutor read a statement by the mother of Joseph Loudon, 16, the high school sophomore who died after attending the May 23 event.
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January 28, 2010 |
New businesses opening in downtown Huntington Beach can cut beer pong out of their possible entertainment lineups. City leaders recently voted to ban alcohol games for new businesses or those renewing their entertainment licenses. Beer pong has been a form of entertainment at a number of establishments in Surf City, where aficionados tested their accuracy and alcohol tolerance in a satellite tournament during the World Series of Beer Pong in 2008. Beer pong starts out with partially filled cups of beer arranged in triangles on opposite sides of a table.
January 24, 2010 |
It started in the Green Zone, with Iraqi soldiers ordering restaurants to stop serving alcohol and confiscating bottles from politicians at checkpoints. Then, mysterious signs began appearing across the rest of Baghdad declaring alcohol sinful and warning of damnation for those who drink. Finally, the crackdown came. Phalanxes of soldiers and police officers descended on the nightclubs, cabarets and bars that had proliferated across the capital in the last two years and symbolized for many a return to normality.
December 30, 2009 |
Sherry cocktails have come a long way from hot sack posset. A custardy Middle Ages concoction of sherry, milk and eggs, popular first in Britain and then the New World, sack posset eventually gave way to the likes of the 19th century Bamboo, a combination of sherry, dry vermouth and orange bitters invented by a German bartender in Yokohama, Japan, and introduced to the U.S. by William Boothby's book "World's Drinks." Then something (Prohibition, bad marketing, corporate consolidation, you name it)
November 15, 2009 |
Alcoholic energy drinks, marketed under provocative names such as Evil Eye, Max Fury and Slingshot Party Gel, have quickly gained a foothold among younger drinkers. Now the producers of those beverages have a new, perhaps unwanted audience. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday requested proof from the companies that their products, which blend caffeine and alcohol, are safe. The FDA never has approved the addition of caffeine to an alcoholic beverage, and a task force of state attorneys general and other officials has urged the agency to scrutinize the combination.