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Tips for Saving Money While Drinking

Tips for Saving Money While Drinking

Drinking can be an expensive habit—unless you know how and when to save a buck or two. Here are eight tips for saving money while drinking.

1. Go to Happy Hour

If you shop around, you can find some really great happy hour specials. Take advantage of those.

Start your night early. Do the bulk of your drinking during the early (AKA inexpensive) hours. If you are already buzzing by the end of happy hour, you won’t have to spend much money once prices go up. Or, you can go home and drink when the happy hour specials wear off.

2. Drink at Home

If you don’t want to go out so early, have your own happy hour at home. We all know drinking our own booze is way less expensive than buying (and tipping) at the bar.

3. Take a Road Trip

Does your state have an insanely high alcohol tax? Consider a little road trip across the border. Venture across the state lines and reap the rewards of low taxes.

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The Research is In: Drink Alcohol and LOSE Weight!

The Research is In: Drink Alcohol and LOSE Weight!

For years we’ve been told that drinking encourages weight gain. In fact, that’s why so many beer companies created light beers. They cut the calories to entice weight conscious beer lovers to continue consuming their products.

What if we told you that there’s a possibility that alcohol actually assists in weight loss? We’d definitely have your attention, wouldn’t we?

Previous Beliefs

In years gone by, alcohol has been demonized by researchers and nutritionists worldwide. In fact, we’ve been told that a slice of cake includes a similar amount of calories as a glass of wine. We’ve heard that a couple of beers is like drinking a glass full of cream. Indeed, we’ve been instructed that the immense caloric content in alcoholic beverages of this nature will destroy our livers and our waistlines.

Therefore, it’s no wonder that those of us concerned with calorie counts and numbers on the scale tend to veer from beer. Perhaps this new research will shed some light on the subject and give us the approval for an appletini. Let’s find out…

New Research

Apparently, the guy that discovered the link between alcohol consumption and liver disease in the 70s, also believed that alcohol could contribute to weight loss. In fact, he was so convinced of this opinion that he started doing additional research in the 90s to support his theory. Let’s take a look at what he did.

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Think You Might be Coming Down with Something? Take a Drink!

Think You Might be Coming Down with Something? Take a Drink!

Proponents of alcohol’s health benefits go farther back than most people realize. In fact, the Apostle Paul, in the Bible, tells Timothy to take some wine for his stomach. So, it’s little wonder that researchers are starting to discover the medicinal value found in the fermented vine.

Monkeys and Margaritas

Researchers trained monkeys to drink alcohol before giving them a vaccination. The control group enjoyed sugar water at its leisure while the test subjects had access to the hard stuff. Then, they studied the results.

Everything in Moderation

The research doesn’t necessarily tell us whether there were Goldshläger shots or Jäger bombs, but it reveals that some monkeys liked to get tipsy.

Apparently they reacted the way some people do; if it was there, they chose to drink it. Others made better decisions and drank in moderation. 

While Paul recommended that Timothy take a little wine for his belly, he was direct in the quantity--a little. His suggestion was a smart one because excessive drinking, on the monkey’s behalf, didn’t positively affect the results. Speaking of results, you’ll be amazed!

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Don’t Get Scammed While Drinking!

Don’t Get Scammed While Drinking!

It doesn’t get much better than enjoying a beer at our favorite bar. But trying a local brew at an exotic pub in a foreign land is pretty exciting too.

However, any time you venture out of your comfort zone, you increase the risk of getting scammed. If you are traveling abroad, be on the lookout for potential scams while drinking.

No One Can Scam Me!

These days, most of us are on the lookout for online scam. We know about the Nigerian prince who need money, fake emails that ask for our Social Security Number, and the scam websites that offer counterfeit products. And most of us know how to report an internet scam.

Rarely do we think twice about fraudsters who might personally throw the scams in our face. But those guys are out there, waiting for some vulnerable sucker to take the bait.

Here are two examples of drinking scams that are taking place right now in bars all over the world.

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Oktoberfest - Where 7 Million Litres of Beer is Acceptable

Oktoberfest - Where 7 Million Litres of Beer is Acceptable

It’s nearly time for one of the highlights of the beer drinking year, Oktoberfest. Famous the world over for copious amounts of beer, Bavarian food and dirndl wearing women, Oktoberfest is a 16 day festival established in 1810 and this year will run from 20th September to 5th October.

Oktoberfest takes place in an area called Theresienwiese near Munich’s centre. Last year about 6.4 million people came to the festival and between them consumed 114 oxen, 58 calves and 6.7 million litres of beer!

While Oktoberfest is a wonderful exposition of Bavarian culture, for those reading this article I expect the main draw is the beer. There are actually very strict rules over which beers can be served at Oktoberfest; they must conform to the Reinheitsgebot, otherwise known as the “German Beer Purity Law” or the “Bavarian Purity Law” which states that only water, barley and hops may be used in brewing. Beers must also be a minimum of 13.5% Stammwürze; this is a measurement that is used to express the amount of extract in the pitched wort (the liquid extracted from the mashing process).

Furthermore, the beers must be brewed within the city limits of Munich. As such there are only six breweries that can produce Oktoberfest beer. They are: 

• Augustiner-Bräu

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The Biggest Beer Festivals in Europe

The Biggest Beer Festivals in Europe

Coming to us from HomeBrewWest is the following infographic that shows the biggest beer festivals in all of Europe.

Click on the thumbnail to view the full sized infographic.

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Magazines with Spirit

Magazines with Spirit

These days, it seems the internet rules all forms of information acquisition. If you want to know it, the internet will provide it.

Some people have gone so far as to claim print is dead. Fortunately, that isn’t true. Print is alive and well—which is a good thing. While the internet does have its uses, nothing can replace tried and true publications like magazines.

Magazines with Spirit

If you are an honest to goodness alcohol connoisseur, you’ll be happy to hear there are several magazines created with you in mind.

There are plenty of publications devoted to six packs (abs, unfortunately), fashion, beauty supplies, cars and other nonsense, but the alcohol publications are harder to come by.

That’s why we consulted the magazine professionals at Priority One Clearing. Priority One Clearing is a magazine subscription clearing house. Therefore, they know allll about the good publications to buy—no matter the industry.

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This Beer Might Cause Erectile Dysfunction?!

This Beer Might Cause Erectile Dysfunction?!

Alcohol is good for your sex life, right? It gives you the confidence you would otherwise lack. Chatting up that hot blonde at the bar is way easier after a drink or two.

That may be true, but that’s where the positive side effects end. In general, booze is bad for your sex life.

Alcohol Causes Erectile Dysfunction

We all laugh at those commercials advertising little blue pills for old guys. But sadly, erectile dysfunction doesn’t just plague the older population. Many men as young as 30 struggle with impotence.

There are many things that can lead to erectile dysfunction—poorly executed exercises, low testosterone, obesity, heart problems. Some of the causes of erectile dysfunction are psychological or stress-induced. However, one of the most common instigators of ED is alcohol.

We all know alcohol affects our brain. But did you know it affects your penis too?!

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Drink Alcohol? You’re Going to Need a Vitamin B12 Injection!

Drink Alcohol? You’re Going to Need a Vitamin B12 Injection!

Alcohol often gets a bad rap. In some cases, it’s well deserved. If we drink too much, we do stupid things – and our body suffers quite a bit.

But not all alcohol consumption is bad. Most people won’t go running through the streets naked after drinking a single glass of wine. Your liver won’t shrivel up and die if you drink a beer at the ball game.

While its true alcohol isn’t as terrible as some people make it out to be, it is wise to take a few precautions. Just like you plan ahead and arrange for a designated driver, you must also make arrangements to keep your health in check.

One of the best things recreational drinkers can do is use vitamin B12 injections.

What is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient. It is part of the B vitamin complex (along with several other nutrients). Like all essential vitamins, B12 plays an important role in your health.

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Drinking on a Budget

Drinking on a Budget

We all love to have a few drinks now and then. For some, it is a trip to the local bar with a group of friends for a couple of cocktails. For others, it is a stay-at-home thing with a couple of buddies. Either way, most of us like to be economical about it, which means, we like to keep it on the cheap side. Lucky for you, here is a guide to doing just that.

The first thing to consider is that cocktails are quite a bit pricier when out at a restaurant or bar. If you insist on getting your drink on in such places, do so during happy hours. Most bars in larger cities will have designated times during the day and night in which drinks become half price. This is the time to buy your favorite mixed drink. You might even consider barhopping for this very reason. Bounce around several bars in order to get your fill of martinis and at half the price.

One of the best ways to save money is to drink at home. This allows you to obtain your alcohol in bulk from a liquor store. Look up the cocktail recipes you want to drink and make a list of ingredients. Head over to your favorite liquor store and pick up the items needed. It may seem like more money at first, but you are going to get a lot more drinks for the money than if you are buying them by the drink at a bar. Also, it is a great idea to split costs with friends. Have some friends pick up the vodka, and others pick up the orange juice for your at-home Screwdrivers.

If you decide to go with the at-home option, plan ahead. If you plan the events ahead of time, you can shop around for the best deals at liquor stores. Some stores may have specials and that would be the time to stock up. Also, collect different liquors throughout the year. Having a stash gives you the flexibility to drink the night away whenever, wherever.

Another great way to drink on a budget is to attend free events with free liquor. In larger cities, there are often free networking events that offer free drinks. This is an excellent way to get some free booze while meeting other likeminded individuals. Never pass up an event with free drinks (or free food for that matter). Nothing can be friendlier to your budget than being free!

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Top 5: Manhattan Bars that Freelancers Work From During the Day

Top 5: Manhattan Bars that Freelancers Work From During the Day

In this digital age, freelancing is no longer the exception. One survey has estimated that by 2020, 40% of the USA's workforce will be going it alone. Many of these freelancers are in New York City – a city with no lack of Wi-Fi-equipped venues to and work from. Traditionally, these havens-away-from-home have been coffee shops, but now there's a new preferred hangout for the Manhattan freelancer – the bar! Here, we pull up a chair at five of the hottest 'Boffices' on the Island.

Wine Spot

An initial glimpse at the Wine Spot on Macdougal Street will lead you to think it's the perfect stage for a date. Indeed it is; there's an extensive wine list, a mouth-watering selection of cheese and cured meat platters, and plenty of dim corners, which lend themselves to the whispering sweet nothings. In the middle of the day, however, the Wine Spot is not full of lovers, but freelancers. The only sounds you're likely to hear at this time is the rattling of laptop keys, and the odd mumbled order at the bar. Don't feel you have to drink wine; tea and coffee are on the menu. You can always treat yourself to a glass of Sangiovese at the end of the workday.

Epistrophy

In case you're wondering about the derivation of the name Epistrophy, it's jazz standard by Thelonious Monk and Kenny Clarke. During weekdays, the music at this Mott Street bar in New York – if any – is considerately quiet, creating a calm atmosphere that lures freelancers here in their droves. The comfy sofas, sensible tables and chairs, well-priced cocktails and grown-up ambiance all do their bit, too. Just like many 'real' workplaces, Epistrophy 'shuts down' at 5pm every weekday (that is, the Wi-Fi is literally switched off at this point). In many ways, this spurs you to work all the harder before then, so you can be up at the bar at five on the dot for a beverage.

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Drinking Etiquette: It Depends On the Drink & the Place

Drinking Etiquette: It Depends On the Drink & the Place
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The rules of drinking and the expected behaviour while drinking, can vary wildly depending on where you are. For example, you wouldn't act the same drinking wine at a Michelin starred restaurant as you would having a beer at your local Wild Wings watching the game. Knowing the drinking etiquette by situation and place can save you from committing social suicide, or the very least, an embarrassing night out. These are some of the most common drinking situations, and the rules to follow when doing each.

Drinking rules are much more lax when out with your friends.

Tailgating

Football season means it is time to pull out those mega coolers, and fill them with as much beer and ice as they can hold. If there is ever a time when drinking rules go out the window, a good tailgating party would be it. Still, even in the heat of pre-game fever, there is indeed a few tailgating drinking rules to follow.

What to Do:

  • Wear the same team colours of your hosts.
  • Bring extra beer and snacks to share.
  • Obviously if you are tailgating and drinking from a countertop keg cooler, the atmosphere is pretty relaxed. Keep this in mind with your attitude and dress, manners are appreciated.

What Not to Do:

  • Never under any circumstance start heckling the opposing team.
  • Never crash a tailgating party you weren't invited to.
  • Don't get wasted, nobody wants to take care of the drunk guy when it is time for the game to start.

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For Beer Lovers Only: The D.C. Craft Beerfest and D.C.'s Best Bars for Beers

For Beer Lovers Only: The D.C. Craft Beerfest and D.C.'s Best Bars for Beers
DC Craft Beer Festival

D.C. is quickly on its way to becoming a hub for hops. Events dedicated to the consumption of brew have become a staple of the spring/summer scene, and this March the city will play host to The D.C. Craft Beerfest!

The spring celebration will showcase 150 seasonal beers from around the country. Visitors will enjoy unlimited 2 oz tastings and VIP ticket holders will be given an access to a private hour of sampling. Workshops and demonstrations will also be available for patrons.

The festival will run for two sessions during the early afternoon and evening on March 8th 2014 at the D.C. Convention Center. If you truly love beer, you won’t want to miss this. Get tickets here.

Keeping in line with the topic of beer, it’s only right to highlight some of the best places to grab one!

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5 Super Bowl Dishes You Need To Have This Year

5 Super Bowl Dishes You Need To Have This Year

In most cases, snacks are pretty easy. I mean c’mon, how hard is it really to walk down the aisles of your nearest supermarket and just toss whatever looks good to snack on in your cart? But while buying snacks may be considered child’s play when you’re only shopping for yourself, snacks for the Super Bowl are a whole other ball game; and with that in mind, following are five Super Bowl dishes that will make your house or apartment the place to be this year.

Hummus                  

It’s a Mediterranean food that’s been creeping across the U.S. for the past five years or so, but hummus is getting a big push this year from PepsiCo (who owns Sabra, which the NFL has officially dubbed “the official dip of the NFL.”) Some may say that’s a ridiculous appropriation of Mediterranean/Arab culture, but the truth is that hummus is a delicious dip made of chickpeas, oil, garlic, and other ingredients that ultimately make it a taste sensation — no matter if it’s inherently American, or not. Plus, the fact that PepsiCo wants so many people to buy their hummus all of the sudden means there are likely a lot of tasty competitors as well. So get out there, and see what hummus has to offer this year!

Chicken Wings       

Chicken wings are an old standby, and for good reason: They’re delicious and they’re fun to eat. What’s better than watching the Super Bowl over a big ol’ chicken wing you’re about to bite into? Most would answer that rhetorical question with a resounding “not much.” Also, there isn’t a chicken wing shortage this year like there was in ’09 (or was there?), so we can all rejoice while we’re stuffing our faces with the most expensive part such a glorious bird!

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5 Kickass Appetizers You Can Make for the Big Game

5 Kickass Appetizers You Can Make for the Big Game

The big game is right around the corner and you have carved out a whole day to prepare and watch the battle. Although spending the game seated in a bar or restaurant downtown can be a great time, sometimes watching the Super Bowl in your abode can be just as good, if not better, AND still be a very sociable experience.  What’s more fun than a little get together with your friends and/or family? Whether you are hosting the party or just a contributing guest, you need a killer appetizer that everyone will swoon over. Check out these 5 kickass appetizers that will be a guaranteed hit.

Mini Pigs in a Blanket

Not only does this classic dish appeal to your inner five-year-old, but it’s also something that everyone is familiar with. Although it’s fun to make new, off the wall dishes, your crazy concoction may not be touched simply because people have no idea what to expect from it. Mini pigs in a blanket, however, are a finger food that everyone knows and loves. It just takes a few ingredients and a few minutes in the oven and you’re ready to go. You can either make the dough yourself, or go buy a can or two of premade crescent roll dough from your local grocery store. Use a package of miniature sausages, wrap each sausage in a slice of dough, and pop them in the oven (generally for the time it takes for the breading to become golden brown). Ta-Da! You’re appetizer is done and ready to roll.

Bacon Wraps

Bacon is all the rage lately, so anything wrapped in bacon is going to draw a crowd. Pretty much anything can be wrapped in in the crispy delight, so let your imagination run wild. If you are serving a bunch of men who can’t get enough meat, try for small chicken cubes wrapped in bacon. Other popular choices include jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, little smokies, green beans, shrimp, stuffed mushrooms and water chestnuts, just to name a few. If you really want to go all out, you could even make bacon wrapped in bacon. Now we’re talking! No matter what you choose, just take some uncooked bacon, dip it in any spices or sugars you want to add extra flavor, and wrap it around your food of choice. Use a toothpick to secure the bacon to the food, and pop your concoction into the oven until the bacon is nice and crispy. As soon as that bacon smell hits guests’ noses, they will hoard to your dish.

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Best Tips for Healthy Drinking

Best Tips for Healthy Drinking

Most people experience a hangover when they take excessive alcohol during a specific drinking occasion. According to experts, hangovers are symptoms that develop because of withdrawal from a drug addiction that the aforementioned people have for a short time alternatively, chemical contents may cause them.

Practicing prevention before and when you drink is among the best ways of minimizing hangover symptoms such as headaches, body aches, nausea, dehydration, fatigue, and diarrhoea. The following are the best tips on how to achieve this goal:

  1. Drinking for the appropriate reasons: Celebrations and social occasions are very good reasons for you to drink. Stress reduction, the release of anger or making an effort to prove something to people are not healthy motivations for you to consume alcohol and you may increase adverse side effects and the intoxication process when you do so.
  2. Holding that line: You probably know how tolerant you are to alcoholic beverages (you are familiar with the time when the alcohol that you have taken starts to cause psychological and physical changes that are noticeable). You can easily get a hangover the next morning if you cross your line. You should therefore make an effort to hold that line by setting and stating the maximum number of drinks that you will consume before going out you will get appreciation from your body and friends the next morning.
  3. Pacing yourself: According to healthy drinkers and hangover helpers, you should consume one drink for every hour. This rate allows your body to process the alcohol easily without the need to send it special delivery to the head. You should make an effort to consume only three to four drinks during a period of 24 hours and do not consume them more than once or two times a week.
  4. Avoid mixing: You should not alternate the types of alcohol that you consume. You should stick with beer if you start with it and stay with Scotch if you begin with it. Many people experience sick stomachs and get serious headaches when they take different types of drinks. Your body faces serious challenges when it reacts to a variety of alcohol and hence, you should avoid making it more difficult with many other types.
  5. Considering the congeners: Congeners are by-products of the fermentation of alcohol. The hangover is greater if the congener content is higher. Red wine and bourbon have the most congeners while vodka and gin contain the fewest.
  6. Chowing down: You should go out to a bar or party only after eating a substantial meal. Foods that have high protein content such as cheese and milk as well as bread products coat your small intestine and stomach and in effect, help in slowing alcohol absorption into the bloodstream. You can also nibble on finger foods during the night in order to make the intoxication process slower.
  7. Alternating: You should begin partying with food before having a beer and then downing some juice or water and then have another beer (you should pace yourself as you do so). You should not switch off by taking carbonated drinks because they may make intoxication faster and heighten your hangover.
  8. Sipping or drinking: You should drink all your alcoholic beverages slowly because your liver has the ability to handle approximately one alcohol serving per hour. Consuming alcohol rapidly via drinking games, funnels, and shots will definitely cause a hangover.
  9. Drinking water: Alcoholic beverages are diuretics. You should therefore avoid body aches, headaches, and dehydration by drinking a lot of water when and after you take alcohol.

You can enjoy your drinks by following the aforementioned tips. However, if you still experience serious hangover symptoms the next morning, you should use your health insurance card to seek medical attention.

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A Scotsman, Englishman and Irishman were sitting in a pub....

A Scotsman, Englishman and Irishman were sitting in a pub....

As good as this bar is," said the Scotsman, "I still prefer the pubs back home. In Glasgow , there's a wee place called McTavish's. The landlord goes out of his way for the locals. When you buy four drinks, he'll buy the fifth drink."

"Well, Angus," said the Englishman, "At my local in London , the Red Lion, the barman will buy you your third drink after you buy the first two."

"Ahh, dat's nothin'," said Paddy Sheehan, the Irishman. "Back home in me favourite pub, the moment you set foot in the place, they'll buy you a drink, then another, all the drinks you like, actually. Then, when you've had enough drinks, they'll take you upstairs and see dat you gets laid, all on the house!"

The Englishman and Scotsman were suspicious of the claims. "Did this actually happen to you, Paddy?" "No, not me meself, personally, no," admitted the Irishman. "But it did happen to me sister, quite a few times.

[Image courtesy of Campaign Against Political Correctness]

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SantaCon Singapore: Who Cares Who is Naughty or Nice...

SantaCon Singapore: Who Cares Who is Naughty or Nice...

SantaCon is the gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus and festive costumes parading publicly in cities around the world. The focus is on spontaneity and creativity, while having a good time and spreading cheer and goodwill.

On 20th and 21st December 2013, the inaugural SantaCon Singapore aims to bring a new sense of humor and community to the Little Red Dot; It’s a chance to meet people, take oneself a little less seriously and celebrate the festive season!

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The 5 Most Important Things that are Required for Throwing a Great New Year's Party

The 5 Most Important Things that are Required for Throwing a Great New Year's Party

May all acquaintances bring good times…

You know what we mean. New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights of the year. Everyone’s looking to report the great time they had that next day. So if you’re hosting a party, you’re a brave soul. You’ve promised a bunch of people you’re taking responsibility for the year’s biggest party night. The task needn’t be intimidating. With a well implemented plan and help from an online party supplier like Shindigs, you’ll provide a night of fun, drink, and song. Here are five tips for throwing one great New Year's party!

Location, Location, Location

Where the party’s being thrown will have a huge impact on the festivities. If it’s outdoors, it can be affected by weather. If it’s a house party, you don’t want to create a nuisance for neighbors. Bars and clubs, restaurants, and amusement parks are great places but may come with restrictions. Determine beforehand how big a party you’re throwing and what you’re expecting out of it in terms of time. No matter the location that you choose, there are going to be certain positive and negative factors. This makes it important that you consider the people that will be coming and the sort of party that you want to throw so that you can invest in the perfect location.

Imbibing

It’s not a party unless you’re holding a drink, is it? There should be alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at your party so that everyone can be appeased. Of course, you’re going to need a supply of champagne. You can try something a little different like a champagne cocktail. With your drinks, make sure that you have a wide variety of different choices for all of your party guests. What might be a good idea is to hire a bar to come and provide drinks at your area, since this will provide you with a wide assortment of different drinks as well as a professional bar tender that can provide for all of your guests' needs.

Tunes

In a lot of ways, these parties come down to the tunes. Music is so objective and personal it can be a challenge deciding what to play. You want upbeat, danceable music. You may already know if the crowd leans toward hip hop or techno. Otherwise, try to have a little bit of everything. And while it might be cool to have a DJ, all you need is an iPod or computer to compile playlists that will be able to set the mood, along with a high quality sound system.

Be a Good Host

It’s your party and unfortunately that means spending more time ensuring everyone’s having a good time as opposed to having one yourself. Make sure the food’s replenished, that guests are engaging and no one’s feeling left out. While having a few drinks is fine, you will want to make sure that you stay sober enough to handle any situation that might present itself. Always try to give you guests what they need and you will help to create an evening that people will remember for the rest of their lives.

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Alcohol, The Creatives' Best Friend

Alcohol, The Creatives' Best Friend

Ernest Hemingway, literature's resident drunk, can attest to the theory that the alcohol really fuels the creative juices of writers and artists. Though he didn't write while being crazy drunk, he sure has a few anecdotes about this drunken adventures.

There's no concrete evidence on how alcohol boosts a person's creativity. But there's a theory that since drinking lowers inhibitions, an individual's thought process is freed from any restrictions. Alcohol is a depressant that lowers the judgement and inhibition of a person. So in a sense, science exists behind the claims that having a drink can make a person braver. When it comes to being creative, it works the same way. Words will flow more freely when writers stop thinking about petty concerns such as readers' criticisms. When inhibitions are lowered, writers are less self-conscious, leading to a more natural and honest writing.

However, there's also the argument that alcohol actually hinders productivity. Though it triggers people to be more creative, the other effect of alcohol stops them from delivering. It disinherits a person's capability to actually get out what's on their minds. But it always depends on the amount of alcohol consumed. With just the right amount, creatives can get the help of alcohol to create a master piece.

In a study conducted by psychologists from The University of Illinois, 40 male participants are subjected to a test that challenges their creativity. The men who had drinks performed better on tests and showed sudden insights compared to those who are sober. The research concludes that alcohol relaxes the brain and causes it to see things in a bigger picture. And through this effect, the brain manages to analyse and connects the dots easily. Alcohol can make motor skills and focused action a lot more difficult, but it has a positive effect on the thinking process.

The key here is in the moderation. There's no point in denying the debilitating short-term and long-term effects of alcohol. When taken in staggering amount over the course of years, it can affect the liver and the heart. Alcohol poisoning is even possible. Renowned artists like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, both creatives, are just two of the thousands of people who reached their demise due to alcohol. But with the right amount of alcohol in your system, you can free yourself from the limits that your sober self struggles with.

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