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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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Collecting Antique Liquor Bottles

Collecting Antique Liquor Bottles


Liquor bottle collecting is emerging as one of the top hobbies in the U.S. today. There are a growing number of bottle collecting clubs in every major city. So, why the big draw? It may be an attempt to rediscover our roots or an interest in the days when life seemed simpler and happier. But also, when alcohol and other antique bottles were made by hand, no two were identical. Machines were utilized prior to the 1920’s, but many collectors are not as interested in machine-made bottles. Liquor bottles made by machine were offered for sale after Prohibition. If your liquor bottle bottle is hand made it is most likely made before Prohibition. John Dewar for example introduced the first bottled Scotch, Dewars White Label.

Types of Liquor Bottle Collectors

We are all creatures of habit and it is not uncommon for collectors of liquor bottles to focus on a specific type of bottle for their collections! Many tend to focus on specific shapes or types of alcohol or by brand. Rum, Vodka, Whisley and other various types of liquors came in different shapes and sizes of bottles. 

According to the historians, the first glass containers were made in the 17th Century. A craftsman would use a long metal blowpipe and scoop molten glass onto its tip. He would blow into the pipe until the bubble grew in size and formed a general shape. Free-blown bottles are rare and can be identified by the absence of seams. Years later, glassblowers began to use molds so the shape was consistent. However, these bottles had seams or mold marks up to the lip of the bottle—so they are easy to identify.

In the late 1800s, manufacturers attempted to correct the problem of clear glass having a greenish tint—so they added manganese to their glass mixture in order to produce truly clear glass. These bottles can be distinguished because their colors change when exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. UV rays have caused them to color in shades ranging from lilac to amethyst. If you find a bottle with a screw top, it is newer than those that were stopped with corks. Inside screw tops were used before outside screw tops; and a bottle marked to show its capacity was produced later than one without this label.

Where are Old & Antique Bottles Hiding Today?

Serious bottle collectors do their research so they can easily evaluate their finds. There are distinctions in bottles which make them extremely valuable—a single bottle can be worth thousands of dollars (though rare). Valuable bottles usually have distinct characteristics like their colors (i.e. cobalt and cornflower blue), embossed designs, and the shape/markings on the base or the neck of the bottle. These features help determine their origin and time frame. Many bottle collectors are interested in the very early American bottles dating from the 1700’s into the early 1900’s.

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Infographic: Get To Grips With Wine And Food Matching

Infographic: Get To Grips With Wine And Food Matching


Wine Food pairing

How important is it that wine and food should match? Ultimately, the rules aren't set in stone, but the idea of pairing wines with foods is to help certain flavours complement each other and bring the best out in each other.

There is nothing wrong with trying different combinations, but if you suddenly start to find that a certain wine isn't doing it for you anymore, then it could just be that you've been pairing it with the wrong food. Drink the wine without any food as a test.

How you cook your food can also influence your choice of wine. The nature of food changes when it's roasted, baked, poached, steamed, cooked in sauce or marinated, etc, so bear this in mind when choosing wines.

Learn how to recognise the flavours in the food and wine and taste them as you prepare your meal. Don't forget to use your sense of smell, as well. Look out for fruit, berry or wood flavours. Is the wine heavy or light, sweet or acidic?

Experiment, be open-minded, and don't be afraid to change your mind or adapt meal or wine choices along the way!

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Myths and Misconceptions about Beer

Myths and Misconceptions about Beer


About beer as many other things which are around us we can hear many myths and stereotypes. Let’s try to find out what is true and what is not.

They add alcohol to beer

We can say that it is the most popular myth. Of course, there is nothing strange in it if you feel alcohol odor in tumbler. In reality alcohol can be added to beer but very-very much seldom. Such things are exceptions to the rules, because it is unprofitable to use alcohol in beer producing. Besides, barm is able to produce up to 13%  of the alcohol naturally, so brewers have no need to add the thing which will be in beer for free.

You can grow fat from beer

There is some truth in such statement. But the real reason of fatness is not the beer, but the meal which we eat after it. Beer is a great stimulator of the appetite, that’s why after drinking it you begin to eat much. The excessive caloric food is the main reason of fatness.

And then very much depends on your genetics. Look at German, there not so many fat people among them, but they drink very much beer indeed.

Beer is made from powder

Never a one brewery will do such things. Process of beer production is pretty standard and there are certain stages, which need certain equipment. This myth appeared because of promotion by some firms a technology of making beer at home. They suggest to dilute beer concentrate, then to ferment it in plastic reservoir and to drink. But this liquid is beer neither by taste, nor by odor. That’s why you will never mix up such “product” if you buy it in the shop. Of course there are such things in shops already.

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Can Different Types of Alcohol Affect My Body Differently?

Can Different Types of Alcohol Affect My Body Differently?


Any experienced drinker knows that no two nights of drinking lead to an identical morning after. Some mornings it may feel like you simply didn’t log enough sleep, while others like a truck ran over your head… twice. But do you know why? Modern science claims that “alcohol is alcohol,” yet many who drink swear different alcoholic beverages cause significantly different reactions in their mental and physical state. The truth, as always, is not black and white.  While the way alcohol is metabolized in the body is consistent no matter what you are drinking, different people drinking the same thing may react differently and the same people drinking different things may also react differently. So what gives?  The way you feel after drinking depends on a variety of factors, including who you are, what you drink and how you drink it.

First, it is important to note that the body does technically metabolize all alcohol the same way. To put it simply, once a drink enters the stomach it will be carried by blood vessels to the blood stream. There, about 20% of the alcohol is absorbed while the remaining 80% is absorbed through the small intestine. Once there, the alcohol will enter the blood stream through the small intestine walls and then be metabolized by the liver. On average, the liver can process one ounce of liquor per hour. When you consume alcohol at a faster rate, your system becomes saturated and the additional alcohol will accumulate in your blood stream until it can become metabolized. This is where feeling drunk begins.

Your body metabolizes all alcohol this way, from a pint of beer to a glass of wine to a shot of vodka. So what leads to different outcomes? First of all, women metabolize alcohol at a different rate than men. This has been attributed to women having less body water, so the percentage of alcohol entering their blood stream is a higher, leading them to become drunk more quickly. Additionally, things like body weight, medications and how much food you’ve eaten that day can all affect how quickly you become intoxicated by affecting the alcohol absorption in the stomach.  This is why smaller women tend may be considered “lightweights” and why you should always eat dinner before drinking.

It may not be a surprise to you that a cheerleader becomes drunk more quickly than a husky football player, but the content of a drink and your mindset during drinking can affect your degree of intoxication as well. If you’re drinking a mixed drink, it likely includes soda or fruit juice. Soda, or any other carbonated beverage, speeds up the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream and will leave you feeling drunker faster. Not only that, the caffeine present in soda will keep you alert, meaning you may not realize how significantly the alcohol is affecting you until you are already too drunk. Likewise, using a fruit juice as a mixer masks the taste of alcohol due to the acidity and sugar. Not being able to taste the alcohol in a drink will lead to drinking faster which leads to – you guessed it – becoming drunk more quickly than if you were drinking, say, a vodka on the rocks where you can taste how strong it is.

Perhaps you have heard someone claim “tequila makes me crazy” or “whiskey makes me mean.” When considering that all alcohol is metabolized the same way, it might lead you to believe that these differences aren’t possible. If you took two people of identical gender, height and weight and gave one an ounce of whiskey and one an ounce of tequila and asked them to drink at the same rate, they would likely have identical reactions. However, in reality this is not how people drink.

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6 Things You Never Knew Could Get You Arrested During Your Weekend Activities

6 Things You Never Knew Could Get You Arrested During Your Weekend Activities


Weekends traditionally are a time for unbuttoning collars and relaxing, but what many people think of as harmless fun actually can be completely against the law. Because police officers operate with a broad range of leeway for enforcement against misdemeanors and other minor offenses, this has led to public confusion about when they can get off scot-free - and when they may need to get in contact with a lawyer. Feel free to continue reading if you're interested in a few obscure ways to land yourself a fee, or even a jail cell here in the US.

1. Drive-By Hunting

Most states, including such diverse ones as California and Tennessee, have laws against shooting animals while the shooter is in a moving vehicle. If you want to go hunting, step out of the car! There is one seemingly odd exception to this persistent rule: the whale, as a concession to the fishing industry.

2. Not-So-Exotic Pets

United States pet laws are a hodgepodge of contradictions that change whenever you go over a state line. While the inconsistencies in pet laws are too numerous to count, one common theme is that many seemingly harmless animals are deemed unfit to keep as pets by unlicensed owners. For example, if you live in California, a pet chipmunk is off the table. Limitations on quantity also can be found, such as Arkansas restricting rabbit owners to a maximum of half a dozen rabbits.

3. Light Shows Staged Too Late

Most people won't be shocked to learn that there are various restrictions placed on using fireworks, which, for all their festivity, still qualify as explosives. However, you may not be aware that different regions have different restrictions on WHEN to use them, as well as HOW. For example, the town of Devil's Lake, North Dakota doesn't abide by the use of fireworks past eleven PM, putting a damper on late night celebrations. In Provo, Utah, residents are only able to use fireworks for a few weeks during the year, with all other times being illegal.

4. Playing Out Famous Gambling Scenes

The gag of the penniless schmuck who's forced to give away his own clothes to get away from the poker table is a classic trope of cinema and television. Unfortunately, the real world doesn't always work out quite so hilariously. If you try this in New Hampshire, you're breaking the law. And yes, that even includes if you do it 'officially' by heading to the nearest pawnbroker's shop.

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Different ways wine can be a part of a healthy diet

Different ways wine can be a part of a healthy diet


Wine does a lot of miracles: it is a good solution to insomnia, something to share with buddies and an ideal complement to a delicious meal. But something you don't commonly hear is that wine can even be an element of a good diet.

While most of us who are going on a diet believe that we have to cut wine from our diet entirely, there are some good reasons why you need to reconsider that approach. Cutting down your consumption of alcohol might unquestionably be in order, but there are a lot of medical evidences that show that average alcohol could be healthy. Possibly even beyond the confirmed medical benefits of wine intake, there are various issues that argue in support of including wine into a low calorie eating habit!

Studies about health benefits of moderate drinking

Research released in the Archives of Internal Medicine discovered that, women of average weight who take in alcohol in moderate amount did not gain much weight compared to non-drinking women of the same weight.

Another research by the Journal of Biological Chemistry showed that a chemical substance present in red wine known as piceatonnal could prevent the development of fat cells. The study is still in the early stages but those that have taken part in experienced an eighty percent reduction in the formation of fat cells after they took piceatonnal.

Needless to say, there are plenty of elements which may have affected these results. But there could be some other factors that contribute to the benefits of moderately drinking wine.

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Top 4 Wine-tasting Tips For Beginners

Top 4 Wine-tasting Tips For Beginners


Many people are curious about wine-tasting, but some let fear of inexperience prevent them from actually trying it. There’s really nothing to worry about, though. Here are four top tips to make your first time less frightening!

1. How to smell

Most people know that you’re supposed to smell the wine before drinking it, but very few actually know what they’re smelling for. The best way to understand this is to ask a member of staff. Their job is to help you get the most out of your wine-tasting experience, so don’t be afraid!

The best way to smell a wine is to rotate the glass several times before lowering your nose to it. There’s no wrong answer when it comes to smell: don’t be afraid to say what you think!

To get the most out of a wine’s scent, refrain from wearing strong perfumes or smoking before or during the event. Wine has a delicate smell, so it doesn’t take much to overpower it.

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Fascinating Wine Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

Fascinating Wine Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers


Cheers!

Wine makes a perfect drink for any occasion, be it red, white or vintage it surely gives your taste buds the sweetness of grapes. Whether you are throwing a party or attending one, wine definitely adds life to the party. Wines are appreciated by all and undoubtedly make it a splendid gift. Wine is not an easy bid for everyone is so surprise wine lovers with vintage wine or wine gift ideas and make their day a memorable one. Not just wine, but wine related articles and wine accessories are also a unique item to gift your dear ones. Wines are generally served as a token of gratitude, souvenir, and the best way to wish the newlyweds with happiness and prosperity for their new life.

Say Cheers!

It is important to present wine gift ideas in unique style to flatter and mesmerize the wine lovers. So here are a few suggestions to gift them in the right way:

Dress Shirt Wine Bottle Bag

This unique presentation leaves wine lover surprised. Wrap up your wine bottle in a shirt bag. The ribbon at the neck complements this look, just as bow around the collar.

Wine Racks

Are the best ways to display your collection of wine bottles. If your friend is a wine lover then gift him with a unique wine rack to let him flaunt his collection of wines to his guest. Choose from a wooden or metallic look to flatter them in the best way.

Digital Wine Thermometer

To enjoy your wine at its best taste, it is important to drink them at the right temperature. Different wines taste best at different temperatures. So gift wine entertainers, which is a unique thermometer, which embraces the wine bottle, and measures its temperature to serve you right.

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