Drinking and Drugs

Drinking in America : Slideshow
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

12 celebrities who got into the booze business [Updated]

Brangelina. Hanson. Danny DeVito. And more!

Drinking in America : Instant Guide
Maybe you should put down that vodka soda.

How vodka sodas get you drunker quicker

Zero-calorie alcoholic drinks might help keep your waistline in check, but consuming them can have the same effect as taking shots if you aren't careful

Marijuana in America : Best Video
Light 'em up: Former Rep. Tom Tancredo is a man of his word. 

Tom Tancredo and the conservative case for smoking weed

If the GOP firebrand can agree to light up in support of freedom, marijuana proponents argue, what are Democrats waiting for?

Drinking in America : Instant Guide
Like the colors of a stoplight, the changing colors of these specially made ice cubes signal when to slow down and stop drinking while partying.

The ice cubes that know when you're drunk

A high-tech way to maintain a healthy buzz and avoid a massive blackout

Drinking in America : From our friends at Mental Floss
Can I see some ID?

Why is the drinking age 21?

The concept that a person becomes a full adult at 21 dates back centuries in English common law

Drinking in America : Instant Guide
For the vast majority of us, tomorrow will not be pretty.

What's the best way to avoid a hangover on New Year's day?

Eat some protein beforehand, stick to clear spirits, and be sure to quaff plenty of water

Drinking in America : Instant Guide
This rendering shows how the DrinkSavvy plastic party cup looks when it is safe and unsafe to drink from.

The cup that changes color when date-rape drugs are present

A startup company is developing a material that can detect date-rape drugs and discreetly alert a drinker

Drinking in America : Burning Question
If you want a more manageable hangover it may be time to ditch the cancer sticks.

Do cigarettes give you nastier hangovers?

Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Please make it stop...

Marijuana in America : In-depth briefing
Adolescents who smoked marijuana at least four times a week, lost an average of 8 IQ points between the ages of 13 and 38, according to a study from New Zealand.

Is marijuana bad for you?

1 in 3 Americans admit to having smoked pot. 5 million use it almost every day. And experts say we still know surprisingly little about this drug

Marijuana in America : Controversy
A woman holds a joint at a 2010 pro-marijuana '4/20' celebration in front of the state capitol building in Colorado.

Legalized pot: What happens now in Colorado and Washington?

Amazingly, recreational marijuana is now perfectly legal in two states. But it's still illegal according to the feds

Marijuana in America : Instant Guide
Marijuana plants flourish under grow lights at a warehouse in Denver: Colorado voters, as well as those in Washington and Oregon, will decide Tuesday whether their state should legalize recreational pot use.

How would Romney and Obama deal with states that legalize pot?

It's likely that at least one state will legalize marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday. Would either candidate allow that?

Marijuana in America : Instant Guide
In Colorado, where medical marijuana is legal, vets say they've seen a sharp increase in the number of dogs being admitted for illnesses stemming from eating pot pastries.

The worrying rise in 'stoner dogs': A brief guide

In states where marijuana is legal, vets are seeing a staggering rise in dogs getting sick from pot

Drinking in America : Essay
Garrison Keillor during an interview in New York on Nov. 17, 1989 — seven years after he gave up smoking.

Garrison Keillor's triumph over addiction

The host of A Prairie Home Companion quit smoking, and then, drinking. What he misses most are the friends who kept indulging

Drinking in America : Analysis
"Alcohol enemas," also known among college kids as "butt chugging," is a dangerous new trend for absorbing alcohol into the blood stream through the rectum.

'Alcohol enemas': A frightening new hazing trend?

A University of Tennessee fraternity has taken binge drinking to a new level with what cops call "butt chugging," a super-fast and painful way of getting drunk

Drinking in America : Opinion Brief
A portrait of Beast will adorn the walls of the Magic Kingdom's new Be Our Guest restaurant, which will be the first at Disney World to offer beer and wine with dinner.

Disney World starts serving booze: About time?

The Magic Kingdom has been totally dry for four decades. A new restaurant — in Fantasyland, appropriately enough — is about to change that

Drinking in America : Burning Question
New thermal camera algorithms have been designed to decipher how drunk a person is by scanning the heat patterns in his face.

Can thermal cameras tell how drunk you are?

Greek researchers are working on an innovative new technology that can accurately gauge if someone's sober or not just by scanning his face

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