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Drinking in America

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

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...

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

Drinking in America : Fact Sheet
New research suggests that drinking from a straight-sided glass, as President Obama does here, helps beer lovers slow down and keep their  guzzling in check.

How the shape of a beer glass changes your drinking speed

U.K. researchers discover that suds lovers who drink from curved glasses guzzle their brews nearly twice as fast. But why?

Drinking in America : Instant Guide
With a spritz of the tiny aerosol spray, users get 0.075 milliliters of boozy chemicals, a fraction of the alcohol found in a typical drink.

The mouth spray that gets you drunk... for a few seconds

Inventors create a breath spray that gets you inebriated near-instantly when you need a quick jolt of liquid courage

Drinking in America : Instant Guide
Soft-serve foam is essentially frozen beer that cools your beer without diluting it as it melts.

Soft-serve frozen foam: Can it keep beer colder longer?

A Japanese brewer is topping off glasses of beer with foam dispensed like soft-serve ice cream — and the concept promises to chill the ale for 30 minutes

Drinking in America : Instant Guide
"We've got the world's most refreshing alcoholic beer sort of meeting up with the most refreshing non-alcoholic drink in the world," Molson Coors' CEO says of the new Coors Light Iced T.

Coors Light's 'absurd' iced-tea-flavored beer

The struggling beer behemoth hopes its strange new concoction will hit the sweet spot with consumers

Drinking in America : Instant Guide
The college drinking game built around sinking ping pong balls into wide-mouth cups gets its very own beer.

Pong Beer: The new drink designed for beer pong

Marketing gimmick? Stroke of sweet genius? Either way, Pong Beer may be coming to a store near you

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