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Drinking in America : Opinion Brief
Tea Partying Montana state Rep. Alan Hale says DUI laws are destroying a way of life intrinsic to his state's culture.

The Montana bar owner who hates DUI laws

State Rep. Alan Hale tells Montana's House of Representatives that preventing drunk drinking would be really bad for business

 
Drinking in America : By the numbers
Americans consume 3.8 gallons of pure alcohol each year, more than half of which comes from beer.

The world's 'drunkest countries': By the numbers

The World Health Organization studied alcohol consumption around the globe and found, among other things, that Americans drink nearly as much as Brits and the French

 
Drinking in America : Petty Controversy
The mayor's predilection for iced beer may just be a "symptom of third-term-itus," says The Huffington Post.

Petty controversy: Michael Bloomberg enjoys beer... on the rocks

The mayor of New York upsets his city's ale drinkers by admitting he adds ice to his froth-topped glass of amber nectar

 
Drinking in America : Best Column
The men in beer commercials have gradually involved into louts, an "adolescent parody of manhood," says Neal Gabler.

Beer's new pitchman: The loutish man-child

Why are beer marketers replacing manly men with "unsophisticated, lazy, misogynist males," asks Neal Gabler in the Los Angeles Times

 
Drinking in America : Opinion Brief
Times are tough, but Walgreens has responded with its new Big Flats 1901 brand of 50-cent lager.

Walgreens' 50-cent beer

The drugstore chain has begun selling its own brew at rock-bottom prices. Reviewers are claiming it gave them headaches, but will the beer-swilling masses respond?

 
Drinking in America : Opinion Brief
The question of whether a horse can qualify as a vehicle for a DUI citation is a "perennial legal problem," says one blogger.

Does drunk horse-riding merit a DUI?

Two men in Texas were arrested for riding a horse while intoxicated, but were let off without a DUI charge. Should they have been?

 
Drinking in America : Fact Sheet
The controversial can contains 12 ounces of blended whisky, the equivalent of eight shots.

Whisky in a can?

One company hopes to widen the liquor's appeal by packaging it like beer — but offended purists are trying to block the effort

 
Drinking in America : Fact Sheet
MXI Enterprises distills the alcohol from Four Loko and then sells it to be blended into gasoline.

Running your car on... Four Loko?

Truckloads of the alcohol-filled energy drink are being turned into ethanol and used to power hybrid cars. How on earth does that work?

 
Drinking in America : Opinion Brief
The alcoholic content in a single serving of Cream is reportedly equal to at least three beers.

Forget Four Loko: Introducing spiked whipped cream

Are alcohol-infused dessert-toppings with names like Whipahol the next drinking fad to sweep the nation?

 
Drinking in America : Timeline
Though Four Loko will no longer contain caffeine, it still comes in nine fruity flavors including watermelon, grape and cranberry-lemonade.

The rise and fall of Four Loko

The alcoholic beverage with a caffeine kick briefly captured the hearts — and livers — of America's youth. Then came the crackdown

 
Drinking in America : Opinion Brief
Alcohol scored a rating of 72 in overall harmfulness, a new study finds, compared with 55 points for heroin and 54 for crack.

Alcohol: More dangerous than heroin?

British researchers say alcohol does more harm to society than heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, and ecstasy

 
Drinking in America : Opinion Brief
In a statement, Four Loko owners say "consuming caffeine and alcohol together has been done safely for years."

Time to ban 'Blackout in a can' drink Four Loko?

The boozy energy beverage is too dangerous to keep on the shelves, say critics. Is government regulation the answer?

 
Drinking in America : Opinion Brief
More likely to tipple in the future?

Why do smart kids grow up to be heavier drinkers?

A pair of new studies suggests a correlation between intelligence and a thirst for alcohol. What's the connection?

 
Drinking in America : Instant Guide
People who carry the "tipsy gene" get buzzed more easily — but are also less likely to become alcoholics.

Get drunk easily? Blame your parents

A low tolerance for alcohol could be part of your genetic makeup, say scientists

 
Drinking in America : Best Column
Drinking in bars used to be a bit more sociable.

How the iPhone ruined drunken debate

An expert mixologist says the ubiquity of smart phones has put the answer to every question at the fingertips of bar hoppers, and ruined the tradition of drinking and debating

 
Drinking in America : Instant Guide
Researchers at the University of Texas found that mortality rates amongst a group of over 1,800 adults were highest for those who had never been drinkers.

Why booze hounds live longer

New evidence suggests that heavy drinkers outlive teetotalers. How can that be?

 
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