New York Times Declares That Not All Heavy Boozers Are Alcoholics

20alcohol-tmagArticleMost people who drink to get drunk are not alcoholics, suggesting that more can be done to help heavy drinkers cut back, a new government report concludes.

The finding, from a government survey of 138,100 adults, counters the conventional wisdom that every “falling-down drunk” must be addicted to alcohol. Instead, the results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that nine out of 10 people who drink too much are not addicts, and can change their behavior with a little — or perhaps a lot of — prompting.

“Many people tend to equate excessive drinking with alcohol dependence,’’ sad Dr. Robert Brewer, who leads the alcohol program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We need to think about other strategies to address these people who are drinking too much but who are not addicted to alcohol.”

Excessive drinking is viewed as a major public health problem that results in 88,000 deaths a year, from causes that include alcohol poisoning and liver disease, to car accidents and other accidental deaths. Excessive drinking is defined as drinking too much at one time or over the course of a week. For men, it’s having five or more drinks in one sitting or 15 drinks or more during a week. For women, it’s four drinks on one occasion or eight drinks over the course of a week. Underage drinkers and women who drink any amount while pregnant also are defined as “excessive drinkers.”

Surprisingly, about 29 percent of the population meets the definition for excessive drinking, but 90 percent of them do not meet the definition of alcoholism. That’s good news because it means excessive drinking may be an easier problem to solve than previously believed.

Studies show that simply raising the price of an alcoholic beverage by 10 percent reduces alcohol consumption by 7 percent, suggesting that higher taxes on alcohol could make a significant dent in excessive drinking. Zoning laws that reduce the number of establishments that serve alcohol in a given area can also curb excessive drinking. Importantly, a simple intervention by a physician, talking to patients about their alcohol use, has also been shown to help people make better choices and curb excessive alcohol consumption.

Ad campaigns, like a 2010 New York City initiative called “Two drinks ago,” also may help. In the New York campaign, posters showed a well-dressed woman slumped and drunk and a young businessman bleeding and bruised. The posters read, “Two drinks ago you could still get yourself home,” and “Two drinks ago you would have walked away.” The tagline was “Stop drinking while you’re still thinking.” 

Dr. Brewer noted that excessive drinking is still a challenging problem, but it is not as difficult to address as alcohol addiction can be.

“I don’t want to minimize the fact that excessive drinking can be a difficult behavior to change even in those people who are not alcohol dependent,’’ said Dr. Brewer. “So many of the cues people get about drinking behavior in our society are confusing. People think drinking to get drunk is part of having a good time.”

Via New York Times

I feel like I’m standing outside of our world and watching some nut job experiment happening. Like down below I can see some scientists in lab coats just observing normal people, writing down their behavior traits and things like that. These scientist nerds are just trying to understand how normal people work. For so long they just chalked up normal people having a good time to “alcoholism,” concluding that they must be addicted to something horrible, and the side effect is what we see as “having a good time.” And now they’re finally reaching some more reasonable conclusions. Maybe they’re not addicted to shit. Maybe that’s just how they are. Maybe they’re just…..fun. Poor poor science nerds. Finally discovering something that is so common sensical to the rest of the world.

Drunken Whiskey Review: Burnside Bourbon Oregon Oaked Bourbon

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So a few weeks back we reviewed the Burnside Bourbon from the Eastside Distillery. If you remember, we pretty much said it was the perfect whiskey for making cocktails. So, we decided to try out their similar offering, the Burnside “Oregon Oaked” Bourbon. It’s the same whiskey, just aged for 60 more days in a special “Oregon Barrel.” I wanted to make a joke about Oregon right there, but I honestly don’t know anything about Oregon. So maybe that’s the joke. Anyway, we wanted to keep the party going with this craft distillery because we’re all about the little guys here, so let’s go.

How to Drink It

This is where this whiskey distinguishes itself from the other Burnside Bourbon as well as most other craft whiskies. Drinking it full strempf is just perfect. You can tell that it is aged just al little longer, and the taste notes really come out in full force. With mixing drinks, it performs much like the other Burnside Bourbon, in that it mixes extremely well. The 96 proof helps keep the party going, and the flavors are strong enough to shine through. We did each take a shot of the stuff as well, and let me tell you it will almost certainly turn you into a goddamn werewolf almost instantly. Putting hair on your chest/face/insides like you read about. Overall we recommend drinking this one full strempf or on ice, and letting that freak flag aka weird, instantly growing sideburns, fly.

Flavor

So immediately you get a warm sort of vanilla flavor. Like your grandmother’s cookies, only these will get you drunk. Too bad grandma could never figure that one out. Right after that initial vanilla flavor, the taste of that Oregon barrel really shines through. And throughout sipping, you always get a good amount of power from the proof. The spice that stays on your tongue afterwards is reminiscent of cinnamon and oak. Just don’t be alarmed when you start hearing some weird “growing” noises, that’s just your sideburns.

Wrap Up

Let us extend a Whiskey on the House “adda boy” to Eastside Distilling. They’re the real deal. A small, craft distillery that puts out good shit that will get you drunk. Ladies need to be careful because not everyone can pull off the whole “she-beard” look, but this stuff will certainly help you out with No Shave November. Especially if you’re the type of guy that ends up with peach fuzz at the end of November, and tries to play it off like they just started late or something. This is a great sipping whiskey, and you will feel good from the 96 proof, as well as supporting a small business. So you’re not just getting drunk, you’re helping the economy. And that makes you a goddamn patriot.

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Four Dudes Survive in the Snow Off of ______ and ______

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.14.29 PMFour Clark County men spent the night near Elk Lake east of Salem, Ore., after their rental truck got stuck in the snow.

On Monday, Robert Record, 44, of Washougal was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe toward Bagby Hot Springs with Shane Lambert, 23, of Washougal, and Vancouver residents Paul Barry, 26, and Eddie Nix, 53.

Record said at first he drove toward the hot springs using directions from a friend, then switched to using GPS on Lambert’s phone. When those directions led him down a sketchy road, he downloaded directions from the OnStar device in the truck.

The group ended up 45 miles in the wrong direction on an unmaintained road that didn’t lead to the hot springs, according to the Marion (Ore.) County Sheriff’s Office.

“At night the road didn’t look as bad,” Record said.

He drove until he came across a pothole and decided to turn around. That’s when the pickup got lodged in a snowy embankment near Elk Lake, more than a two-hour drive from the hot springs.

The group had trouble picking up the OnStar signal or cellphone service, Record said, and decided to hunker down for the night.

“We survived on whiskey and Subway,” he said.

They periodically turned on the truck and its heater to keep warm.

On Tuesday, they walked up the road and got cellphone service, Record said. The sheriff’s office said that it was notified Tuesday afternoon through OnStar.

Deputies found all four men, who were safe and uninjured. Search and rescue teams pulled the vehicle out of the snow and led the men to nearby Detroit, Ore.

Record said he later learned that the road was closed. He said he believes it would have been just as easy to get turned around using a printed map instead of the GPS, due to the road closures and poor conditions.

It was the second day in a row that search and rescue crews in Marion County were called to rescue someone. On Monday, a pair of hikers got lost in icy conditions near Mount Jefferson.

The sheriff’s office recommends double-checking driving routes and winter road closures when using GPS. Drivers should carry a few nights’ worth of supplies in case they get stuck or lost.

 

For some reason I just love this story, not because they made it out alive, not because they were smart enough to use the truck’s heat but because they said they survived solely on whiskey and subway. That sentence alone upped the intensity of this story tenfold; I feel like spending the night in a truck with four of your bros would be a good experience as soon as you went over how you’re sleeping and what not. I don’t even think the cold would bother me, there have been nights that I’m crashing at a friends place and he will leave the window open while its snowing with the fan blowing cold air at us just because he’s warm and has blankets, but we survived solely of whiskey and pizza those nights. See even that sounds badass, as soon as you put the phrase “We survived off of ____ and _____” with a story, its an automatic badass story because it gives the impression that your life was actually in danger. Were these four men ever in danger? Maybe, would this story be interesting if without the whiskey and subway? Not at all, A+ story telling by this guy, if you’re that friend who sucks at telling stories, take notes.

 

Fall Brew Review: Narragansett Fest

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I’m a Gansett kinda guy. Love their brews, and I love that they sell ‘em by the pint, and they sell ‘em cheap. Interestingly enough, I just started trying Narragansett’s seasonal offerings this year, starting with the Summer Shandy, and now with the Narragansett Fest. They stick to their roots, selling them in pints on the cheap, and this ended up being one of the best fall beers you can buy for the money.

 

Color

Before I get into the color, I need to ask you a question. Do you want to be a badass old German guy who drinks pints at funnel speed, while smacking anyone who comes too close to him with this stein (and by stein I mean a certain reproductive organ)? Then lucky for you, no time travel is necessary, just a solid six pack of this Gansett Fest and you’ll be Lombardi-ing people in no time. As for color, you gotta put this stuff in a glass. If you have a regular glass-glass, go for it, because the sharp amber brown color really is something to look at, as well as the foamy head that it pours out consistently. But obviously, you should be drinking this shit out of a stein if you have any self respect, or if you have a stein.

Flavor

A lot of Oktoberfest style beers end up being a little too heavy for their own good. Not that heaviness is a bad thing, it will usually just get in the way from your goal of trying a bunch of different beers in a night, or just drinking a ton of this beer in a night. Narragansett Fest is pretty damn near perfectly balanced. The caramel, malt, and slight hint of brown sugar really shine through, without giving you any unnecessary flavors. Now if you do like depth of flavor over balance, or if you like really heavy brews, you’ll probably end up taking a couple points off from this brew, but if you’re looking for a balanced beer that holds fall in a can, this is it.

Wrap Up

To finish up, this is my personal favorite of all the fall brews we’ve reviewed this season. I personally like Oktoberfest-style beers more than pumpkin beers, and this one really does drive that point home. One side note, I’m not saying you have to dress up exactly like the dude on the label in order to experience the full effect of this beer, but you totally have to dress up exactly like the dude on the label. Well done, Narragansett.

 

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Top 8 Gifts For The Whiskey Lover/ Alcoholic In Your Life

1. The Perfect Whiskey Glass- $14.95

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The NEAT Whiskey Glass is fucking awesome (see our review here). It’s perfect for the person in your life who loves to drink whiskey neat/is the most badass person you know. The price point makes it perfect to go along with a bottle or as a stocking stuffer.

 

2. Personalized Mini-Oak Whiskey Barrel- $69.99

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Basically a less snobby decanter. Perfect for someone with a home bar. You can find a lot more of these on Amazon, some have different types of wood so you can age and give a little flavor to your favorite whiskey.

3. Whiskey Rocks- $29.99

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We personally recommend a company called Whiskey Disks because the disk shape to us cools the drink down more evenly, but there’s a ton of different types of whiskey rocks out there. Won’t water down your dink, and make you feel like a caveman. Win-win.

4. Whiskey Advent Calendar- $235.00

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This might be my favorite one on the list. There’s nothing better than getting drunk every single day up to Christmas on different whiskey. Or, if you’re a high roller, you could save them all for Christmas Eve, sit yourself down in a rocking chair facing your chimney, and just wait for that fat son of a bitch to try and break into your home.

EDIT-wrote this before looking up the price. Holy Shaneekey.

5. 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die- $13.17

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It takes a lot for me to recommend a book for Christmas. Like usually a book would only bring back suppressed childhood memories when you were expecting that N64 and got the mother fucking Bernstein Bears. But this makes it worth it. Maybe pick up a book and buy the first whiskey on the list to get the party rolling?

6. Jack Daniel’s Chaser Jigger- $9.69

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Another great gift for the home bartender. Make a drink, take a shot. Make a drink, take a shot. Take a shot….take a shot. Beauty.

7. Whiskey Cologne- $108.00

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Now I know you’re thinking that price is a little steep. But it’s cheaper than a hooker, and both things are guaranteed to get you laid. Who the hell doesn’t want to smell like whiskey? And this way you just put a few puffs on and you’re basically allowed to be drunk in public. You reek of booze! Nope. That’s just ultra sophisti-camacated cologne.

8. Nice Whiskey

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The ultimate no-brainer, right? Check out our list of more luxurious whiskeys and pick from any of them. Tell the person you’re giving the gift to that you got your recommendation from Whiskey on the House, and have them be forever indebted to you.

 

 

The Craft Beer Black Market Is Emerging

141118173025-black-beer-market-620xaHigh demand for craft beers is creating a black market for some small batch brews, and unauthorized dealers are selling the beers underground (or online) for inflated prices up to 20 times above retail. 
“Whether it’s a top-rated brew or one with new or seasonal ingredients, everyone wants to get their hands on exclusive batches. The demand is certainly there, and people are stepping in to fulfill that need in unsavory ways,” said beer cicerone Anne Becerra. 
It’s common for craft brewers to release small or limited-time batches of a beer. Most of the time, it’s out of necessity. 
“For us, it’s a space issue,” said Russian River Brewing Company co-owner Natalie Cilurzo. “We are physically limited to producing a finite amount of beer due to property, building and ultimately, tank space. At some point there is just nowhere left to put one more tank.” Other times it’s particular ingredients, production costs and lengthy brew times that lead to smaller batches. 
But scarcity creates a demand that also generates hype, which some sellers are seizing on. 
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When supply is limited and demand is strong, price gouging is common. And brewers are having a hard time fighting the black beer market. “I am constantly finding our beer being sold in places it shouldn’t be at incredibly high prices,” said Cilurzo. “They are getting away with it.” 
Many of these hard-to-get brews are getting sold online, in stores and even in restaurants at 5-20 times the original price tag. Russian River puts out a popular seasonal sour beer that sells for around $5, but Cilurzo said she’s seen it online selling for $100 or more. 
Bill Sysak, craft beer ambassador at Stone Brewing Co., said he’s seen a limited-edition beer from his brewery being sold online for more than $1,000 a bottle. It was originally sold in 2002 for $7.99, and probably isn’t worth the inflated price. After all, 95% of all craft beers are meant to be consumed right away. 
Quality control is a big issue for brewers. How and where a beer is stored can have negative effects on beer quality in just a matter of days. “Beer is a food product and it does not take much to spoil it,” said Cilurzo. 
Tomme Arthur, co-founder and brewmaster at Lost Abbey, introduced a cherry version of its popular Cable Car beer in 2012 and sold it for $45 for a 750 ml bottle. Only 80 cases were made, and he said it’s now being sold for $800 on the black market. 
The black market also means someone else is profiting from the brewer’s hard work and money, and can hurt a brand’s reputation. “Breweries that produce these special beers have costs that include alcohol and business licenses, paying sales, property taxes, production costs without seeing any added revenue from these black market sales,” said Sysak. 
Price gouging has left a bad taste among the beer community, but there are also legal implications. Each state has its own alcohol regulations, as do shipping companies. Brewers need the proper licenses and permits to sell and distribute their products. “They cost money and we pay a lot in taxes. There aren’t any rules with how one goes about selling beer in a garage,” said Arthur. 
But unscrupulous sellers get creative. When posting an in-demand beer online, they only describe the bottle and label and won’t mention the alcohol inside. Ebay has cracked down on these sales, but as Becerra said, “where there’s a will, there’s a way. They find other sites. It’s getting ridiculous”
 

CAN I GET A HELL YEAH. Throw the whole “beer prices are going to increase by at least 20% ” thing out the window. That’s nerd talk. Black markets sound fucking awesome. I’ve always wanted to say that I routinely buy something from the black market. But I’m not a terrorist or anything so I’ve never had any reason to go black. But I know that once I go black with beer, I will never go back. Fuck yeah. Can’t wait to buy a pea coat and wear it every time I go out for beer.

The Fireball Fear Mongering Continues…

promo_fireball-whiskeyWhile Fireball Whiskey is remaining on shelves in the United States despite being pulled from shelves in several European countries, some US customers are looking for alternatives to the cinnamon-flavored whiskey.

Fireball was pulled for containing too much propylene glycol – an additive that’s used in antifreeze and as a stabilizer in food.

If you’re looking for a spiced whiskey to replace Fireball, or you’re just looking to shake up your drink choices, here are 5 alternatives to try.

So we’ll spare you from reading the full list of 5 alternatives to Fireball, because there’s really only two alternatives to Fireball, and that’s any other whiskey ever, and Hot Licks. I feel weird even calling them alternatives because both of those options should always come before Fireball. But let’s all pump the fucking breaks for god’s sake. Everyone knows that antifreeze thing was just a story put out by Fireball themselves to come off as more badass because they realized that mostly college sophomores were drinking it. I see you Fireball, and honestly, I respect the move. You have the mainstream media in the palm of your dicks, but not Whiskey on the House.

It’s Almost That Time of the Season

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Couldn’t have said it better myself.  We’ve hit on this before, but here’s the key difference between Thanksgiving/Christmas and Halloween. The Thanksgiving/Christmas combo requires family to be over or get together. That ends up edging you closer and closer to anger drinking, which can present it’s own set of problems. Halloween on the other hand, is quite simply about getting as messed up as possible. So enjoy everyone, the anger drinking season is here!

Virginia Approves Booze Price Increase, Basically Announces They Want to Secede

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 8.13.06 AMIt might be time to stock up: The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will raise the price of booze in the commonwealth effective Dec. 8.

The increases will come at the behest of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who mandated last month that ABC find a way to raise another $2.5 million to help close the commonwealth’s budget gap.

Practically, the increases will raise the cost of a $15 bottle of spirits by 24 to 29 cents, according to a statement from ABC. The changes will raise an additional $5.4 million for the commonwealth’s general fund in Fiscal Year 2015.

That increase will be achieved three ways:

  • An increase in the “case fee” paid by producers to ABC, from the current $1 to $2
  • An increase in the markup on miniature bottles, from the current 50 percent to 69 percent
  • Rounding up the total cost of everything sold at ABC to .09; e.g. a bottle costing $16 or $16.05 would now cost $16.09

The rounding piece takes the place of an across the board percentage markup the board had considered, and though it still represents an increase, it may be more palatable to liquor producers than a percentage increase.

“For a pricier brand like ours, that rounding increase is actually the better option if they have to do a markup across the board,” said Scott Harris, co-owner of Catoctin Creek Distillery, which is based in Purcellville.

Alternatively, the case fee increase will disproportionately affect smaller producers such as Catoctin Creek, he said, because he ships his product in six-bottle cases.

“Most of us small guys are bottling in six-pack cases, so that way we can have our product be more accessible, so a restaurant or a retailer doesn’t have to commit to a dozen bottles,” Harris said.

 

Let me give a nice, warm what in the house of fucks?! to start this one off. Are you fucking kidding me, Virginia? You have a budget gap, boo fuckity hoo. And the most logical option you idiots came up with is to increase “cases fees” from $1 to $2, nip markups from 50 to 69% (although I will give it to you on the sneaky 69 reference), and rounding up everything to .09…? What? I can think of like maybe 100 better ways to increase tax revenues and limit that budget gap. One being just legalize weed and tax the snot out of it, making yourselves millions in revenue, but whatever.

I just wonder what it was like at the big round table of suits talking about how they’re losing a killing on nips. Like did they refer to them as “miniature bottles” the whole time? They couldn’t have, right? Just a bunch of fraud politicians talking about nips makes me giggle. I think it’s about time we all do booze like New Hampshire does booze. Make it dirt cheap, state run, and tax free. That’s about the only thing New Hampshire does well (that and drinking).

Now This is How You Public Transport

 

 
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Gotta hand it to this guy. Broad daylight, riding right behind the bus driver, doesn’t give a flying shit about anything, a party’s a party. This looks like something straight out of Always Sunny. Question is the other passengers had to ask him for a beer, right? I mean you can’t bring a bucket of beer on a bus and not want to share it with people. Seems like the sort of thing that everyone would be too scared to do, but it totally would have absolutely made his day. Do you, beer man. Do you.