I was a virgin until a month before my 21st birthday. I was on my second date with a guy named Craig, a 20-something blond surfer type who got my number after I made him a chai tea to go at the coffee shop in his neighborhood where I worked. I was lying on his bed and the Best of Willie Nelson was playing on his CD player. He had a tapestry hanging on the ceiling and there was a poster for the critically un-acclaimed jam band, The String Cheese Incident, on the wall. I felt him enter me and it hurt like hell, but I was flying high on the notion that I had finally conquered two fears — the fear of having sex and the fear that I never would. Afterwards, I was a little embarrassed by the spotting of blood on his sheets — should I offer to wash them? — but I still couldn’t contain my excitement. Keep reading »
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Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board is under fire for a new PSA campaign called Control Tonight, which critics say puts the onus on women for “not getting raped” while drunk and is blaming the victim. The ad in question depicts a woman’s bare legs on what looks like a tiled bathroom floor with her panties pulled down to her ankles and the text reads:
02:19 a.m SHE DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT, BUT SHE COULDN’T SAY NO.
When your friends drink, they can end up making bad decisions. Like going home with someone they don’t know very well.
Decisions like that leave them vulnerable to dangers like date rape. Help your friends stay in control and stay safe. Keep reading »
FYI to all pregnant ladies: you can now booze responsibly, sort of. Introducing ArKay, aka “halal whiskey.” ArKay’s website boasts, “this non-alcoholic drink can be considered a soft drink and is suitable for any party occasions.” Alas, whiskey experts have spoken and ArKay doesn’t hold a candle to the real deal. The Scotch Whiskey Association is horrified that the company would even utilize the term “whiskey” in the product’s description and are fighting to keep it out of Europe. The legal affairs director for the SWA even sniffed, ”Such promotion is taking advantage of the high quality reputation of the product that is whiskey, which is a distilled spirit produced from natural ingredients, when it is in fact just a soft drink with artificial flavourings.” (Sheesh, it sounds like he could use a drink!) I can only imagine that ArKay would taste like the watery dregs at the end of a cocktail. But you’ve got to love their tagline: “Don’t drink and drive … unless it’s ArKay!” Pregnant Frisky readers, would you ever drink non-alcoholic whiskey … er, “whiskey”? [Gothamist]
Lock up the Kotex, Mom and Dad! Teens are apparently inserting vodka-soaked tampons vaginally and rectally to get drunk. Granted, this could be another urban legend like so-called “rainbow parties.” But it also could be a legit way the kids are getting wasted these days: A super-sized tampon can hold about a shot of vodka, and when consumed in such a manner, the booze absorbs directly into the blood stream. Keep reading »
Lushes and music lovers (that’s all of us, then?): go ahead and add Drinkify to your list of fail-safe time wasters (if you have one; I do). The website is brand new, having been created over the weekend at Music Hack Day in Boston, and ooh, it is cool and I could do it all day long. Plug in what you’re listening to, or what you’re not listening to, or what you wish you were listening to, and Drinkify will respond with a choice of alcohol to pair perfectly with your musical tastes. For example, got a little Nina Simone on the stereo? Pop open a bottle of cabernet and serve at room temperature. Pearl Jam? Crack open a can of PBR. Meanwhile, Adele has her own specialty cocktail, made up of vodka, coconut milk, and honey. Yum! Cheers!
- Amy Winehouse died from over-consumption of alcohol, according to a coroner’s report released today. Amy’s blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit when she died on July 23, so she clearly was struggling with sobriety. The Winehouse family released a statement which reads: ”It is some relief to finally find out what happened to Amy. We understand there was alcohol in her system when she passed away, it is likely a build up of alcohol in her system over a number of days. The court heard that Amy was battling hard to conquer her problems with alcohol and it is a source of great pain to us that she could not win in time. She had started drinking again that week after a period of abstinence.” How terribly sad. RIP, Amy. [TMZ]
- Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake once stole a golf cart together on the set of “The Mickey Mouse Club,” which I guess is pretty bad-ass when you’re 12. [Us Weekly]
- I don’t know, zombie Muppets kind of feels wrong. [The Mary Sue] Keep reading »
Halloween isn’t just about how many mini Butterfingers you can stuff in your face — for some of us, it’s also about getting crunk. Why not carry the cheap booze around with you with a costume that incorporates alcohol into its design? Oh yes, we are talking about a wine in a box, the famed drink of broke college kids everywhere. Brilliant, right? Anyone who goes as a Franzia box has an open invitation to be my trick-or-treating buddy for life. [Instructables]
My first bourbon experience was at a dark bar in New Orleans, where I ordered “bourbon, on the rocks” because I thought it would make me sound cool. I took one sip and started retching, so the bartender put a sympathetic shot of cola in my glass. “Try it like this,” he said, and I did, and started coughing and retching again. “Maybe a little more…” he said, and we continued on like this until finally he just gave me a Coke on the rocks. My dreams of being cool died that day, but now that I’m older and wiser I’d like to try this whole bourbon thing again.
I asked my friends Patrick and Rachel, who run ThereWillBeBourbon.net, to compile a list of ways to enjoy this classic spirit. Whether you’re a seasoned sipper or a bourbon newbie like me, there’s sure to be a suggestion for you (the bourbon chocolate chip cookies sound like just my style). Read on for imbibing inspiration (recipes included!)…
Diddy has his Circoc and Bethenny Frankel has her Skinnygirl Margaritas. And now Ron Jeremy has his own rum, Ron de Jeremy. (Yeah, we’re not sure what the ‘de’ is about either. Maybe it just sounds classier?) The website Oh No They Didn’t! saw Ron promoting the stuff at a college bar late last night. His charming catchphrase for his brand? “Captain Morgan has one leg. Ron de Jeremy has three.” Ick. [ONTD]
Scientists are hard at work on a pill that will limit the effects of alcohol on our brains, so that we can drink more without acting stupid. An experimental “sober pill” was given to a group of mice who, despite being sufficiently sauced, did not act like drunken a**holes. Uh, how do drunk mice normally act? Anyhow, the point is the pill works by shutting down the immune response of certain cells in the brain. Even thought the mice were wasted, this pill made their reflexes sharper and their balance better. “When a mouse gets drunk, it is quite similar to a human that’s drunk. It can’t work its motor co-ordination properly. If you stop these immune cells from working, the animals didn’t get drunk,” one of the researchers explained. How exciting for us. Well, maybe not. Does the thought of a sober pill frighten anyone else? All I can think of are all the possible ways humans will find to abuse this pill. It seems counter-intuitive to shut down our normal brain functions just so we can throw back a few more cocktails without slurring. [Daily Mail]
What do you think? Would you pop a sober pill before a night of drinking?