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Great Gifts for the Wine Lover in Your Life

Great Gifts for the Wine Lover in Your Life

Finding the perfect gift means knowing your recipient and understanding exactly what they like. It also means knowing what they want but have been reluctant to buy for themselves. If someone on your gift list is a lover of fine wine, there are a number of gifts that are sure to delight their palettes and their passions.

Give a Great Experience – Give a Custom Tour of the Wine Country

It just may be the ultimate gift for any wine lover – a custom tour of the local wine country. You can choose a package tour, complete with stops at all the local wineries and tastings of their latest harvests. Or you can go one step further and create your own tour, designed just for the wine lover in your life. Start by finding those favorite wineries on a map, then create a customized route through the wine country. No matter what type of wine they prefer, that wine lover is sure to be touched by your generosity and caring.

Engraved Wine Glasses

A set of custom engraved wine glasses makes the perfect gift for the wine lover on your gift list. You can find some great wine glasses online, and have them engraved for a custom look. Top the whole thing off with a set of wine charms and a bottle of their favorite red or white.

Give a Wine Gift Basket

A wine gift basket makes the perfect gift for the wine lover on your list. Start with an attractive basket, then fill it with all the accessories a wine lover could want, from corkscrews and stoppers to wine glasses and cookbooks. The great thing about a gift basket is that it can be endlessly customized to create the perfect gift for any wine lover.

Custom Corkscrews

Every wine lover needs a quality corkscrew, but even wine aficionados often have trouble finding the right one. You can give a great gift to your favorite wine lover by choosing a great corkscrew that will stand up to hard use. Start by going online and shopping for the best corkscrews, then read the reviews to make sure you have made the right decision. You an include the corkscrew as the topper to a great gift basket, or give it by itself as a great gift.

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Ways To Treat And Prevent Alcohol Poisoning

Ways To Treat And Prevent Alcohol Poisoning

When a person suffers from alcohol poisoning, they've drunk too much alcohol for his or her system in too short a period of time. The dose of alcohol that leads to alcohol poisoning is different for different people. What happens is that the amount of alcohol the person has ingested is so great that it suppresses the reticular activating system of the brain. The RAS controls wakefulness and bodily coordination, which includes breathing. As those functions become more impaired, the patient starts experiencing symptoms like staggering, lack of balance, slurred speech, hypothermia, breathing that becomes irregular, pallor and blurry vision. The symptoms progress to incontinence, drowsiness, vomiting and stupor. Finally, when the RAS’ control of breathing is deeply impaired, the patient can fall into a coma and then into death.

According to expert Michael Myles, “it’s crucial that a person who appears to be suffering from alcohol poisoning be taken to an emergency room or to a physician.” The patient doesn't have to exhibit all of the listed symptoms to have alcohol poisoning.

Treatment

A person suffering from alcohol poisoning needs to be watched carefully and his or her breathing needs to be supported, sometimes through oxygen therapy. The patient should be positioned in a way that will lower the risk of choking if he or she vomits. If the patient is still awake, he or she shouldn't be allowed to fall asleep or lose consciousness. Some people are also given intravenous fluids to keep them hydrated and given doses of thiamin and glucose. Thiamin is a B vitamin and glucose is a simple sugar. These supplements can help ward off the effects of alcohol poisoning. A great little infographic by TopRehabs.com shows how people can find relief by sitting in a sauna and allowing the heat to draw the toxins out of their bodies.

Prevention

A person can cut down on their risk of alcohol poisoning by eating before and as they drink alcohol. This slows the rate at which the body absorbs alcohol. Milk and foods high in fat are excellent at slowing down the rate of absorption because they stimulate the body into closing the valves between the stomach and the small intestine. The person should also drink moderately and slowly. Some doctors recommend that a woman shouldn't drink more than one alcoholic drink per day, and a man shouldn’t have more that two drinks per day.

Also, alcoholic beverages aren’t the only things that cause alcohol poisoning. Rubbing alcohol, mouthwash, and other products that contain alcohol should be put out of the reach of children. Even alcoholic beverages in the home should be locked away.

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What Are the Obstacles to Getting an Alcohol License For Your Restaurant or Bar?

What Are the Obstacles to Getting an Alcohol License For Your Restaurant or Bar?

In the United States, opening a restaurant and obtaining a liquor license is often no easy task. There are several barriers to entry for new restaurants or business owners who are applying for a new liquor license. Liquor licenses are a big revenue generator for many localities across the United States, and these localities typically make sure that they are paid for business owners participating in the right to serve alcohol within their jurisdiction.

Understanding Your State and Local Laws

The fist step to opening a bar or restaurant and obtaining a liquor license is to understand all of the state and local laws and how they interact with each other. Alcohol laws are very specific to the state and (sometimes the) locality that you are in. Typically, local liquor laws govern six main areas:

When you can serve alcohol: Many states and counties have rules as to what days and times you can and cannot serve alcohol. Nearly all localities have a time of the day at which you can begin and must stop serving alcohol. Another common restriction revolves around alcohol sales and Sunday. Many counties restrict the times you can sell alcohol on Sunday and some ban it all together.

Where you can serve alcohol: Some localities have restrictions on zones or areas where you cannot serve alcohol. Sometimes these areas revolve around schools or areas where weapons are sold. Some localities even set up zones where restaurants and bars have a different set of rules within. For instance, there may be an entertainment district where restaurants and bars are allowed to serve alcohol much later than elsewhere.

How much liquor you can serve: Some states and counties have rules as to the amount of alcohol you can serve one person. Sometimes these rules take the form of a rule that says a server can only serve a certain amount of drinks per person in your group.

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The Best Alcoholic Drinks for Weight Loss and Maintenance

The Best Alcoholic Drinks for Weight Loss and Maintenance

Everyone has heard of the Freshman 15. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for this number to balloon into the Freshman 40 or even the Sophomore 60. While factors like easy access to lots of junk food and students getting way less physical activity than they did when they were involved in high school sports do play a role, alcohol is generally the biggest culprit.

Although cold beer may go down as smoothly as water while the music is thumping at a party, that doesn't mean it has the same caloric content as water. It's far easier than most people realize for alcohol to increase someone's caloric intake for the day by over 500 calories!

While some people simply don't know when enough is enough and require the help of an alcohol rehab center, most adults are able to remain responsible as they enjoy a few drinks during a night out. However, just because you'd like to enjoy a drink doesn't mean you want to sacrifice your waistline.

If you want to ensure that your liquid enjoyment doesn't ruin the work you put in at the gym, here are the best drinks to choose:

Guinness Stout

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5 of The Best Bars in Dallas You Won't Find in Uptown

5 of The Best Bars in Dallas You Won't Find in Uptown
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Uptown Dallas is great. Lots of restaurants, great nightlife, lovely place to live. However there are lots of outstanding bars in Dallas that you won’t get to enjoy unless you travel outside of Uptown. The following is a list of five of the best bars that AREN’T in Uptown.

 

1. Goodfriend Beer Garden - While they don’t have the longest tap list in town they certainly are in the running for the very best. They feature rare, limited availability brews while keeping local favorites on hand. This means that with their 16 taps and over 60 bottled beers there will always be a new beer for you to try. Their wait staff and bartenders’ knowledge is beyond compare and they always manage to recommend precisely the right beer. The fact that their food is incredible is merely a bonus.

 

2. The Foundry -  A fun eclectic bar that offers simple drinks, strong pours, and an impressive list of on tap and bottled microbrews. This bar has seating in storage containers (fun!) and at picnic tables or you can hang out at the bar. They have a great happy hour that ends later than most at 7pm. A must do is to visit this bar on Wednesday around 5 pm when they tap a limited release beer. On the weekends they often feature great live music.

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Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

Best Cocktail Bars in NYC
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New York City appears on millions of people’s lists of places that they want to visit and very few are disappointed when they finally make it there. I was lucky enough to take a city break there a few months ago and there is so much to see and do, you almost have to make a decision on whether you have time to sleep at all during your stay. One of my favorite activities though was visiting some of the best cocktail bars in NYC and, believe me, there are plenty of them. Below are some of the best that I found that are definitely worth a visit if you should find yourself in NYC any time soon.

The Pegu Club has to receive a mention on any list of the best cocktail bars in NYC because, as well as delicious cocktails that are carefully and expertly made, you will find spending an hour or two here a really interesting experience. Some of the best cocktails to try here are the Tantris Sidecar, the Earl Grey MarTEAni and the Gin-Gin Mule. They also have lots of lovely nibbles available, too, so you will be able to enjoy plenty of different cocktails without the risk of falling off of your bar stool.

The 1920s speakeasy played a prominent part in American history and visitors to NYC will be able to experience just what they were like with a visit to the Flatiron Lounge. The décor is art deco and it contains an original bar from 1927. The music is jazz and the drinks will make your mouth water just by reading their titles. For something a little different, get one of the expert cocktail makers to mix you a Lychee and Lemongrass Fizz or a Hibiscus Swizzle. One thing that makes this one of the best cocktail bars in NYC for me though is the fact that they have a regular event called the nightly flight (in Denmark we call them flybilletter). These feature 3 mini cocktails based around a central theme or specific ingredient and are a great way for those new to cocktails to dip their toe in the alcoholic water.

And lastly on my list of the best cocktail bars in NYC is Please Don’t Tell or PDT, as it is better known. You enter the bar through a phone booth that is attached to a hot dog stall and straight away you feel like an extra in a James Bond film. When you get into PDT you will find an elegant bar with a cocktail menu, which changes with the seasons. The menu has been created by Jim Meehan, who has a reputation as one of the best mixologists in the city. If you visit in the autumn try the Witch’s Kiss cocktail that includes ingredients such as strega and tequila and comes together to create something truly unique. Of course, while you are here, you should really partake in one of the famous hotdogs that are produced next door, because they are the perfect thing to soak up the delicious alcohol you have just been enjoying.

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Interesting Liqueurs to Try Straight

Interesting Liqueurs to Try Straight

When you're looking at the bottles on a bar's shelves, chances are you actually blank out a good number of them as things you're not interested in. Some of those bottles have good stuff in them though, and the pity is that most people will only ever taste them in mixed drinks and cocktails, where their flavors have to share the stage with a whole lot of other ingredients. Here are five liqueurs you'll want to try straight or on the rocks.

1. Drambuie

This Scottish liqueur isn't shy at 80 proof, and it's made of malt whiskey, honey, herbs, and spices. Legend has it that this Prince Charles Edward Stuart gave the recipe to the Clan MacKinnon in gratitude for their hospitality when he took shelter with them after fleeing to Skye after the Battle of Culloden. Whatever doubters might have to say about this story, they generally agree that the drink tastes good, and we think you will too.

2. Chambord

From Scotland, we move to a traditional French chateau in the Loire valley, where they make a drink that was said to have been introduced by another royal, this time Louis XIV, during a visit to the Chateau de Chambord. It's made from red and black raspberries, Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey, and cognac, in a complicated process that results in a raspberry-scented liqueur that clocks in at 33-proof and comes in a distinctive spherical bottle. While it's used in a lot of cocktails, the unmixed liqueur has also won a number of awards over the years and we think it's definitely worth trying.

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Red Wine for Non-Wine Drinkers

Red Wine for Non-Wine Drinkers

There are a lot of reasons why some people who drink alcohol don't drink wine in general and red wine in particular: they think it's for snobs; they don't like it because the ones they've tried were too harsh/sweet/sour/etc.; they think the good stuff's too expensive; they get bad hangovers from red wine; or they simply don't know how to navigate the maze of vintages, locations, producers, and grape types in order to find something they'll like.

There are also a good number of reasons to drink red wine: health, taste, being in the company of wine drinkers, and being at a party when there's just nothing else available to drink. For any of these situations, we've got some help for you.

The basic rule is to avoid extremes:

First off, avoid extremes of age: when a wine's too young – a year old or less – its taste can be too harsh because the tannins haven't softened yet, while if the wine's too old – say 7 years or more – it's either going to be off or too expensive for a newbie who might not yet have the palate to appreciate the things that make old wine good. Some exemptions here are Beaujolais nouveau and Lambrusco, which are made for drinking young.

Secondly, avoid extremes of price: unless an expert you trust recommends something below $10, there's a good chance what you'll get might be nasty, either because of the quality of the product or the poor storage some of the bottles at this price range undergo. Even if the wine is decent, wine at this level can be very inconsistent, and it's no use taking note of labels you like if there's a good chance the next bottle from the same producer won't taste the same. On the other end of the spectrum, as mentioned before, until you've trained your taste buds a bit, anything $50 and above might have some things you can't appreciate yet, and pricier wines tend to need more cellar age.

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Beer - The Next Alternative Fuel?

Beer  - The Next Alternative Fuel?

First we've heard of water and chocolates turned into automotive fuel. Now its beer. Yep, you're not hearing or seeing things. Beer, that sweet nectar of the gods, is now being considered as a potent candidate as an alternative vehicle fuel. I can actually start imagining myself pouring my dad's favorite beer into my car whenever I need to go out with my friends and he won't give me some cash for fuel!

Does this mean that you can now buy beer and use them as cheap fuel? I don't think so. The technology is still limited and it is still being studied. Also, the engines used by most vehicles is still geared towards petroleum, so further studies must be undertaken before beer can be used as alternate fuel.

However, beer fuel is now being used a source for alternative energy. In Europe, beer waste have become such a problem, considering that there are 15 breweries per square meter. The leftover grains coming from the beer making process is what most people would call as beer waste. Back then, these grains were sold to farmers for their livestock and can also be used as fertilizer. However, because of the dwindling business of cattle breeding and strict EU laws about fertilizer materials, the leftover grains accumulate inside breweries.

However, these beer wastes is now being looked at as a valuable commodity, since a joint study by researchers in Poland and Germany have demonstrated that the beer grains can be successfully used as alternate fuel. A man named Wolfgang Bengel, Technical Director of German biomass company BMP Biomasse Projekt. He saw a potential business opportunity with the leftover grains coming from the breweries in Germany and was encouraged to try out the experiment after hearing that rice and sugar cane residues have been used as sources of alternate energy in China and Thailand. Once treated with atmospheric fluidized bed combustion systems inside a broiler, the beer wastes does produce cheap electricity!

He did try it out in Asia and Bengel succeeded in this endeavor. Beer making is an energy intensive activity. The process of boiling the grains with hot water and steam, then cooling down the brew with electric energy uses a lot of power. So if you recovered more than 50 % of your own energy costs, then that's a big help for Mother Nature!

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Brewsters of the Past - Why Women Have All the Reasons to Drink Beer

Brewsters of the Past - Why Women Have All the Reasons to Drink Beer

Nowadays, beer isn't just a guy thing anymore. My friends and I have started getting into the habit of drinking beer every once in awhile after hearing from a doctor-friend that the stuff's supposedly good for you. While it's just fruit beer that we're drinking, it's just the same thing that guys love. Most girls just can't take the bitter taste.

However, not ALL girls are into drinking beer. Some still hold the age-long tradition of beer as a man's drink. As a kid, I've never seen my mother drink beer and my dad never liked the idea of his daughter drinking beer (fortunately for me, he's in Miami). Even if society is slowly accepting the fact that some women really do love to drink beer, tradition still has a firm grasp on people, especially with women.

Well, for girls who strongly believe that beer is only for men, you may want to take at the list below. This will disapprove any notion that says women can't drink beer!

  • Women were considered the ideal workers for a brewery. In fact, ancient civilizations like the Sumerians and the Egyptians adored women who knew how to brew. The word "brewster" came from the term given to women in charge of the brewery. Is it because of our nurturing nature? Or perhaps women are really meticulous in nature, which is why beer brewed by women are sought at by men in the old days. The Egyptians prepare a special place for the women working for the palace brewery while the Sumerian men find a woman working in a brewery very attractive!

  • The greatest works of literature have mentioned women as the best when it comes to making beer. From William Shakespeare to the Song of Songs from Sumeria, these literary masterpieces have described that beer brewed and prepared by the woman of the house are indeed the best.

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At Work with a Hangover? Ease Your Pain With These Tips

At Work with a Hangover? Ease Your Pain With These Tips

Sometimes you wake up in the morning with a though that you would never drink again. It’s a normal reaction to a hangover. It might get even worse if you need to go to work and act normal. There are a lot of ways to ease the hangover effect and get ready quickly. Clearly there is no solution that would work for everyone. That’s why you need to try different things in order to find what works for you.  Next time you end up having too many cocktails in a bar, here is what you can do in the morning:

Drink more water

The first thing you need to do is to drink water. Place a bottle of water next to your bed and drink it when you wake up. Alcohol dehydrates and exhausts your body, that’s why you need to drink several glasses of water before you go to sleep. Next time you go to a bar, try drinking a glass of water with every new drink. This way you will keep a balance of water in your body.

At the same time, you should not drink too much water as it may lower the level of salt in your body thus causing hyponatremia. Do everything in moderation!

Have a cup of coffee

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Taking Pong to New Places

Taking Pong to New Places

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Beer Pong is on the move!  As one of the fastest growing sports in the world, beer pong is entering a new era—the dawning of a new age of mobility and possibilities…and fun. 

No longer relegated to dank and seamy fraternity basements, beer pong sportsmen and sportswomen are playing pong at tailgates and tournaments everywhere, in dorm rooms and driveways, at backyard barbeques and on camping trips.  The latest advance in this movement is MegaPongo—a smartly designed, durable, open source, all-in-one beer pong set that collapses for carrying to the size of a case of beer.

 

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Business Negotiations in Russia - be prepared for some vodka hospitality

Business Negotiations in Russia - be prepared for some vodka hospitality

Russia has for the most part being spared from the economic crisis that has hit most of the western world, so it's a great place to head off to if you want to do some business. The only snag is that you better be able to hold your vodka if you want to get anywhere.

Crisis, what crisis?

 

The economy and the world banks may be on their knees in the western world, but Russia is enjoying a steady period of growth by comparison. The wild west style days of the early 90s are long gone and Russia, and Moscow in particular, is a place focussed on moving forward as quickly as possible.

Russia is then an increasingly prosperous and dynamic country where communism is now nothing but a distant memory, but some old traditions definitely die hard. If you head there looking to do business, you really better work on more than just your negotiating techniques before you get here. If you can't handle your drink, you may as well not bother getting on the plane.

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Best Drinking Games for St. Patrick's Day

Best Drinking Games for St. Patrick's Day
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Saint Patrick’s Day also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick is traditionally a religious holiday. However over recent years it has increasingly become more of a secular celebration, although it is still most commonly associated with Ireland due to Saint Patrick being the patron saint. Nonetheless it is celebrated in numerous different countries and is notoriously known for being a day where drinking is a must do activity. If you are hosting your own Saint Patrick’s Day party or are just having a few friends round these drinking games will make sure everyone has a fun time. But always remember to drink responsibly and know when you need to stop drinking as one drink too many could potentially ruin the entire day and nobody wants that!

The Coin Hunt 

You will need

 - Some coins (either plastic or chocolate ones wrapped in foil)

 - Some sticky notes and a pen

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Alcohol Based Gifts for Dads

Alcohol Based Gifts for Dads

Getting a gift for one of the most important men in your life can be strenuous to say the least. However, with a little bit of research and knowledge, it can be easy to give a gift that is unique and appreciated. There are many gift options for fathers who consider themselves amateur alcohol connoisseurs. The following are some great options to consider when shopping for the perfect gifts for dad.

The Sampler Basket

This idea is easy, and sure to please. This gift can be as cheap or as expensive as you like. These are easy to put together and if you do not have the time, many alcohol retailers sell ready-made baskets during special seasons. Here is how it is done:

The first step is to choose a container such as a basket or bag to house your spoils. Choose a vessel that will compliment the items with which you intend to fill it. For instance, metal buckets are well suited to beer-based gifts, a basket woven from vines nicely compliments a wine basket, and a leather basket will look perfect with hard alcohol.

At your chosen retailer of alcoholic beverages, choose some items to fill the basket.

For a wine basket…

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Reasons for popularity of online Drinks Champagne

Reasons for popularity of online Drinks Champagne

Thanks to the ever-increasing use of the Internet in the present times, it is fast becoming a trend to buy drinks online in UK. A Web search for drinks often unfolds the mechanism which helps you buy cheap champagne online; that too at a comparatively much lower price and a notably wider choice, than buying it from the brick and mortar stores. When you decide to buy drinks online in the UK, especially champagne, you can take your pick from a number of brands, including Veuve Clicquot, Bollinger, Laurent Perrier, Krug, Moet & Chandon, and Dom Perignon, among others. In addition, you can also choose from the smaller Champagne producers, as well as avail the benefit of personalized labels for parties and other events.

Buying drinks online is convenient and quick: One of the main reasons why more and more people prefer to buy drinks online is that the purchase process is quite easy, quick, and extremely convenient. If you decide to buy cheap champagne online, you can glance at the inventory of the online champagne store and merely click on the brands of your choice. As such, you can buy champagne online without any hassles of going to the store for the purchase. The best part of the online transaction is that most online stores selling drinks accept credit cards and money orders; with the additional advantage of online champagne delivery in UK --- that is, delivering your order right at your doorstep! 

Prices can be compared easily: It is better to buy drinks online vis-à-vis the stores because online purchase helps you make an effective price comparison of the different brands in a jiffy! The price comparisons pave the way for you to buy cheap champagne online, at the lowest possible prices. With there being cheap drinks aplenty at the various online shops, you should make a judicious choice while searching the shops offering good-quality brands at the lowest costs. In is also imperative that you carry out a small research about the reputation of the online shop from which you decide to buy drinks online in UK. Such a study will serve as an assurance that you will be getting quality champagne online; thus helping you avoid those online shops which may be scamming the buyers.

Promotional offers can be benefited from: Your decision to buy drinks online in UK will also bring along the additional advantage of promotional offers, which online drinks stores come up with from time to time. The biggest benefit of promotions is that you may be able to get substantial discounts when you buy drinks online; be it in quart-bottles, halves, or standards. If you can spare some time to check out the promotional periods during which different online stores offer discounts on drinks, you can grab a great offer when you buy champagne online.

The promotional offers, entailing big discounts, are one of the most important reasons for the increasing popularity of online purchase of drinks because they unfold for you the opportunity to buy cheap drinks online in the UK, right from the convenience of your home!

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Prohibition by the Numbers

Prohibition by the Numbers
Prohibition by the Numbers

Prohibition was definitely not one of those shining points in American history. In fact, attempts to regulate alcohol consumption go way back to the early days in US (even during the Colonial period).

This infographic spells out a history of attempts (and failures) of alcohol legistlation, protests, repeals and so on. While everyone should be against abuse and for moderate and responsible drinking, it's seems that any attempts to really clamp down on drinking is met with firm opposition and doomed to failure as effective legislation.

Click on the infographic below for a high resolution version suitable for printing (and hanging behind the bar).

Have a great weekend.

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Alcohol Myths

Alcohol Myths

Misconceptions swirl around the consumption of alcohol.  Some of these purported truths have been passed along by older folks, among your friends, or from popular media.  What should you believe? 

Read the alcohol related myths below to discern what is true, what is false, and how to drink safely.

·         Cold shower, fresh air, or coffee will help sober someone who is intoxicated.

o   This is not true at all.  You may end up feeling less sleepy, but it won’t magically expel the alcohol out of your system.  It differs depending on your weight, but the rule of thumb is to expect your body to process one unit of alcohol in an hour.

·         Alcohol affects men and women in the same way.

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4 drinks that won't kill your workout routine

4 drinks that won't kill your workout routine

There are many differing opinions and researched arguments that have been offered on the health benefits and risks of alcohol. Many fitness enthusiasts warn their followers to avoid alcohol entirely, as any endorsement of alcohol is likely to be used by people as an excuse to drink in excess and ignore the numerous problems that can arise from alcohol consumption.

Standing against the consumption of alcohol before or after a workout are the following facts; alcohol is a diuretic that will dehydrate your body, it can disrupt your sleep cycles and limit the release of human growth hormone, it can limit the release of testosterone, and the body processes it like a toxin which diverts energy from recovery and muscle building.

All that said, alcohol has also been demonstrated to have health benefits for your heart and coronary system when consumed in moderation. And it’s delicious.

So is it possible to enjoy alcohol around a workout routine without being hammered by the negative consequences listed above?

Fortunately the answer is yes. For starters, don’t drink soon BEFORE a workout as the dehydration will sap your body of energy and limit your performance. Similarly, don’t drink in excess before or after the workout and don’t neglect water. Up to one drink per day for a woman and perhaps two for a man are considered the limits of healthy alcohol consumption.

Beyond that, here are four drinks you can consume after a workout that won’t drain all the benefit from your fitness routine provided you don’t overdo it.

Red Wine

Red wine is rich in antioxidants, has only 110-130 calories per glass, and has some extra nutritional value. It has 4-9% of your recommended daily portion of Iron, 9.4% of the potassium you need, and 5% of the needed magnesium.

So while red wine will prove to be a diuretic, it does replace some of your electrolytes while benefitting your heart health.

Vodka and soda water

Soda water is simply carbonated water and has no sugar or additional negative elements. Vodka is also low in sugar and calories, so this is one of your best low-calorie drinking options if the aim of your workout routine is weight loss.

After a workout, when your body becomes hungry and your stomach is empty, it’s important to be careful not to fill it with volatile elements. Vodka and soda water is lighter in sugar than most all mixed drinks and consequently will sit in the stomach far better. It’s better to mix these drinks with some food as well, so the alcohol doesn’t hit your tired body as hard.

Guinness Stout

Despite being one of the heaviest drinks you can find, Guinness Stout actually only has 128 calories per 12 ounces. This dark beer is made from whole grains and features levels of antioxidants on par with red wines. It’s also strong in Iron.

Most alcoholic drinks don’t feature “nutrition facts” on the label but Guinness Stout is legitimately filled with good carbs. Some scientists actually believe that beer is a good recovery drink after a long, endurance workout. Now, the benefits are even greater if it’s a non-alcoholic beer because alcohol will affect you much faster if you are tired and hungry.

Nevertheless, Guinness can offer some of the nutrients the body needs to recover from a workout and it’s hard to drink it fast enough to overload your system with alcohol due to the drink’s notoriously heavy composition.

Bloody Mary

It’s true that any juice-filled cocktail will offer some nutritional value due to the inclusion of the juice, but few can compare with the Bloody Mary.

The ingredients are as follows:
Vodka, which is a low calorie spirit.
Tomatoes, which are filled with ingredients that protect the skin, prostate, eyes, while also being chockfull of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, antioxidants, and potassium.
Horseradish, resists the common cold, can reduce pain, has antibiotic properties, and reduces risk of cancer.
Celery, which helps your digestive system and lowers your blood pressure.

You can probably include a Bloody Mary into your diet around a workout without suffering too much.

Ultimately, while many alcoholic drinks can have nutritional value they aren’t terribly useful for adding lean muscle mass or losing weight. Yet, by carefully choosing how much and which kinds of alcohol you consume, it’s possible to enjoy a drink without erasing the positive effects of your workout routine.

Author Bio: IanB writes for Boxfit UK where you can acquire boxing gear to maximize your workouts.

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SuperBowl Beer Commercials of 2012

SuperBowl Beer Commercials of 2012

The SuperBowl has some of the most expensive commercials ever produced and certainly the most expensive airtime. Of course, the beer companies have traditionally spent a lot of money on their SuperBowl commercials and this year was no exception. While these don't necessarily represent my favorite beers, they are quite good commercials.

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