A new study done at the University of Texas at Austin found that alcohol may actually make you smarter. But how is this possible when I act so dumb after a few, you ask? Well, researchers found that alcohol impairs certain parts of the brain while it stimulates others. When alcohol hits your bloodstream, dopamine is released, which acts as a learning aid for our brains. So, while you may forget the name of the dude you made out with while intoxicated, your subconscious synapses will be popping off like firecrackers. And when you wake up the next day with a hangover, you will have learned never to drink that much again. Aren’t you smart. [UPI] Keep reading »
“I am on the drunk diet. I live my life as I want to, creatively. I like to drink whiskey and stuff while I am working. But the deal is I’ve got to work out every day, and I work out hung over if I am hung over. And it’s about the cross-training and keeping yourself inspired. I have to say, I do a ton of yoga.”
—Lady Gaga tells People magazine how she keeps in shape. Right, because there’s nothing like Downward Dogging with a throbbing headache and the smell of whiskey seeping from your pores. In the same interview, Gaga reveals that her hair is falling out. This diet might be one reason why. [PopEater] Keep reading »
You know there’s a problem when … your toddler needs to be treated for alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse. The UK’s National Health Service reports that the youngest patient they’ve treated for alcohol addiction was three years old. They are not releasing any further info on the patient’s identity to protect his or her confidentiality. This is not a typo. They didn’t mean to say 13-year-old. How do you even discover such a thing? Mommy and daddy caught little Jane sneaking vodka into her daily apple juice sippy cup? Someone please explain to me how a three-year-old can be an alcoholic. My brain can’t comprehend. [Google News] Keep reading »
Even if you’re currently on a drinking sabbatical, there’s no time like the present to start thinking about how to make your next glass of wine the best it can be. Everyone knows that wine that has been allowed to breathe tastes better than popping open a bottle and immediately chugging away. But who wants to wait 10 minutes for a fresh bottle to aerate? Not us winos! That’s why the Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator is a boozehound’s best friend. Open a bottle of red, hold the decanter over your glass and pour away — in the process, the Vinturi “creates an increase in the wine’s velocity and a decrease in its pressure,” resulting in a perfectly aerated glass of vino in the time it takes to pour. Who’s thirsty?
File this under really bad things that can happen when you drink too much. Picture this: You are fast asleep one night, minding your own business, catching up on your REM, when suddenly you are awoken by a strange woman who somehow managed to get into your apartment, take all of her clothes off, slip into bed next to you, and pass out. This actually happened to one unfortunate Canadian man. Around 3 a.m. this past weekend, a woman, who happened to live in his building on a different floor, managed to open his door using her key. She was so intoxicated that she didn’t notice she was in the wrong apartment crashing in the wrong bed. The terrified dude called the cops and she was escorted upstairs to her actual bed to sleep it off. I don’t even want to know what her hangover was like. [UPI] Keep reading »
After much thought and Advil, I have decided I am going on a sex/dating and drinking sabbatical. I went on a six-month sex sabbatical after my breakup from my fiance a few years ago — or, rather, I announced I was going on a six-month sex sabbatical and then it lasted for, I think, around two. It wasn’t a complete failure, in other words. Hilariously, I went on a sex sabbatical because all of my efforts to get laid were being thwarted and I figured I might as well decide to NOT have sex with a purpose.
Meanwhile, I have never taken a significant break from drinking. I didn’t start drinking until I was in college — I believe most people start in high school, so I was a late bloomer in more ways than one — and I remember the night I got drunk the first time as well as you can possibly remember a hazy night 13 years ago. The amount and frequency of my drinking has gone up and down over the years, but I generally consider myself to be a responsible boozer. I don’t drink and drive (easy when you don’t have a car!), I don’t say things I don’t mean, and, for the most part, I don’t do things I actually regret. Keep reading »
Suppose you’re looking to drown your sorrows at the bottom of a pint glass. Where might be the best place to do that? A survey done by The Daily Beast examined cities based on the number of heavy drinkers and binge drinkers, the number of alcohol-related deaths, and the average number of drinks per person per month. At the top of the list? Milwaukee, WI, followed by Fargo, ND. We suppose this makes sense: Fargo and Milwaukee are cold-weather towns, but they’re followed on the list by San Francisco, CA, Austin, TX and Reno, NV—all party- and tourism-heavy cities. Surprisingly not in the top 40: New York City and Los Angeles. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
“I used to look like a deer in headlights on the red carpet. You step out of the car and it’s bedlam. Everyone’s got crazy eyes. Now, I have a martini before I leave — just to take the edge off it.”
—Emily Blunt on how she always looks like a super star on the red carpet. Hubby John Krasinski on her arm doesn’t hurt either. [People] Keep reading »
This certainly would have made my pecan pie even more knock-your-socks-off. Did you know that there is such a thing as alcoholic whipped cream? Two companies—Cream and Whipped Lightning—are currently selling this product in the Boston area. It come in flavors like chocolate, vanilla, caramel, raspberry and orange and contains 15 to 18 percent alcohol by volume.
Lots of peeps are worried about “whipaholics”—and no, I did not make that name up—because they obviously appeal to kids and teens. But I’m a bit less concerned. Keep reading »
“We actually ended up that day in a pub in London drinking Jameson, which I don’t really drink. So, she got me to drink, like, two of them. And by the end, I was ready to have the interview be over, because I really sort of couldn’t ask anymore questions.”
—Anderson Cooper talks about interviewing Lady Gaga for an upcoming episode of “60 Minutes.” Maybe these two will become drinking buddies? [PopEater] Keep reading »