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January 29, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Merced County's district attorney said he may have served alcohol to a 20-year-old man who was hit and killed by a car as he walked home from a party. Gordon Spencer said he didn't ask for IDs when he was a volunteer bartender at a Dec. 18 event for employees and guests at the Merced Golf and Country Club. Victim Greg Gomez had a blood alcohol level of 0.245. Spencer said he had expected the country club's manager to let him know if anyone who asked for a drink was younger than 21.
December 26, 2005 | Sally Squires, Special to The Times
Want to keep your calories under control this season? Then drink a little less holiday cheer. Researchers have long debated the contribution of alcoholic drinks to unwanted weight gain. But growing evidence points to alcohol's role as a contributor to extra pounds, particularly those that are added at the waistline. One reason is that alcohol packs seven calories per gram.
December 12, 2005 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
For moderate social drinkers, hopping on the wagon for a month shouldn't have been that daunting of a task. Not just any moderate social drinkers, but a handful of men and women who are exceptionally fit, as in training-for-a-marathon fit. These are people used to discipline and healthy lifestyles, people who can get through a rigorous boot camp class without hurling. Yet some found that wagon trip much more uncomfortable than they thought, and didn't even last a month.
December 12, 2005 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Beverly Wells is a 74-year-old faithful Miller beer drinker, and until recently, the closest she had come to brewing was making homemade coffee liqueur. But on a recent afternoon, at a small brewery inside a Huntington Beach industrial park at Heil Avenue and Gothard Street, Wells was carefully weighing grains and stirring malts and honey into a copper brewing kettle.
December 10, 2005 | Amberin Zaman, Special to The Times
Efforts by this nation's Islam-rooted government to broaden restrictions on the sale of alcohol have sparked accusations among secular lawmakers that it is seeking to strengthen the role of religion in daily life. The debate began this year when municipalities run by the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, set in motion plans to move businesses that serve alcohol to "red" zones outside city centers.
December 7, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County may join other governments in imposing civil fines on parents and other adults who have parties at which alcohol is served to minors. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to have county staff members review how a so-called social host ordinance would work and return with recommendations within three months.
December 2, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A six-month ban on alcohol consumption at fraternity and sorority events at UC Berkeley was lifted Thursday for most of the organizations, campus officials announced. The decision follows the completion by fraternity and sorority leaders of a plan to exert greater control over student drinking, better manage parties and take action against defiant chapters.
November 2, 2005 | Leslie Brenner, Times Staff Writer
IT'S that time of year: In the bookstores, the shelves are positively sagging with the fruits of wine and spirits writers' labors. Yet, this season, one volume stands out from the rest. The author is Vincent Gasnier, a master sommelier, and the book, "Drinks," has a subtitle whose length hints at the volume's breadth: "Enjoying, Choosing, Storing, Serving, and Appreciating Wines, Beers, Cocktails, Spirits, Aperitifs, Liqueurs and Ciders."
October 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
French Quarter bar owners frustrated with the slow pace of recovery in New Orleans won a partial victory when the city pushed back its curfew from midnight to 2 a.m., allowing a little more partying into the wee hours on Bourbon Street. Bars had been threatening to defy the midnight curfew, complaining that it was putting a damper on the famously raucous neighborhood and the city's economy too.
October 2, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
At least 14 people died after drinking illegal home-brewed liquor in India's remote northeast, police said. The death toll was likely to rise because 61 others were hospitalized after drinking the noxious brew Friday night in Tezpur, 110 miles north of Guwahati, the capital of Assam state, police officer L. Bora said. Residents angry over the deaths attacked government offices and burned motorbikes and shops, Bora said.
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