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Mixing energy drinks and alcohol is like taking cocaine

Mixing energy drinks with alcoholic drinks can be dangerous, according to a new study. Mixing large quantities mimics the effects in the brain experienced by cocaine users.

In Iraqi Kurdistan, little regard for Baghdad booze ban

- Alcohol shops are open for business in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, where officials have vowed that Baghdad's recently passed ban on booze will not be enforced.

Wearable patch allows you to monitor your alcohol intake

An innovation in wearable health technology allows an individual’s blood alcohol levels to be measured, with the collected results transmitted to a smartphone.

Breathing adversely affected by too much alcohol

A new alcohol health alert: researchers have found that people who drink excessively have lower levels of nitric oxide in their exhaled breath, compared with the rest of the population. This lowers the defenses against harmful bacteria.

Essential Science: New cancer and alcohol warning

Auckland - Put down the glass and pause for a minute. A new scientific study associates alcohol with seven different types of cancer (not simply liver cancer.) Essential Science unpacks the evidence.

The nerve that controls drinking behavior detected

When some people go out drinking they find it hard to stop and go for the extra pint, glass or shot. Imagine if your brain could control this and kick in and tell you stop? This might be possible thanks to a new neurological discovery.

New study finds weed and alcohol reduce teens’ mental faculties

New research performed on 6,509 middle and high students from Southern California found that alcohol and marijuana use can be detrimental to the youths’ mental health and academic outcomes.

India's Tamil Nadu state orders 500 liquor shops to close

New Delhi - Five hundred liquor shops were ordered closed from Sunday in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu after its newly re-elected government pledged to ban alcohol to curb violence and other problems.

France bans alcohol near Euro 2016 venues after violence

Paris - The French government Sunday announced a ban on alcohol near Euro 2016 venues and fan zones, after three days of drunken violence among fans in the southern city of Marseille.

The 'science' of gin making examined Special

London - Gin is one of the more complex spirits, the taste being dependent upon the range of botanicals used. In London, a gin lab has been set up, allowing participants to experiment with flavors. Digital Journal donned on a lab coat and took a look.

Thai drunk drivers to pay penance in morgues

Bangkok - Drink drivers in Thailand will be sentenced to community service in morgues, authorities said on Tuesday, stepping up efforts to combat the country's appalling traffic safety record.

Indian state's alcohol ban hits worshippers

New Delhi - An alcohol ban imposed in the Indian state of Bihar was supposed to clean up public life.But it has had the unintended effect of deterring worshippers from temples, where liquor is the traditional offering.

Taylor Swift gives $250K to Kesha after court ruling

Taylor Swift is providing fellow pop star Kesha with a financial shoulder to lean on, having donated $250,000 as a "show of support" in her legal battle with Dr. Luke, whom the singer alleged sexually assaulted her.

Alcohol-exposed pregnancy remains a risk in U.S.

Washington - Despite numerous warnings, many women in the U.S. consume alcohol while they are pregnant. New figures, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), place the number of women at risk as 3 million.

Beer made from discarded bread launched

London - The London based Hackney Brewery, together with a food waste charity called Feedback, have launched a pale ale made from surplus loaves of bread.

North Korea invents 'hangover-free alcohol'

North Korea claims it has invented hangover-free alcohol. The reclusive dictatorship says it has perfected a liquor that doesn't cause nasty after-effects.

Should alcoholic drinks carry calorie information?

London - A call has been made for alcoholic drinks to carry the number of calories each can or bottle contains. This is so consumers will understand the contribution from drinks to weight gain.

Drink driving rates for young people in U.S. 'are better'

Washington - Driving under the influence of alcohol and alcohol and marijuana for young adults (aged 16−25) has declined in the U.S., according to a new report.

Mixing alcohol with diet beverages raises breath alcohol levels

Breathalyzers are used to assess the level of alcohol a person has consumed. It can be used to assess drink-driving or in some workplaces. New research suggests mixing alcohol with diet drinks makes the readings higher.

Iran leaders won't attend receptions serving alcohol: diplomat

Tehran - Iran's leaders won't attend events serving alcohol, a diplomat said Wednesday after French media reported that President Hassan Rouhani refused to attend a state dinner in Paris because wine was on the menu.

One in three vegetarians admits to eating meat while drunk

A recent study undertaken in the UK suggests that meat consumption among inebriated vegetarians is more common than one might think.

Six special gins tried and tasted Special

Saint Albans - Drinks tasting events provide a good way to sample different products, especially those produced by smaller distilleries or breweries. One spirit that is standing out at the moment is gin. Digital Journal visited a tasting event in St. Albans.

Greece suffers the moonshine blues as EU demands tax hike

Atenas - Distillers in Greece were aghast Friday over EU demands for the abolition of long-running tax exemptions believed to cost the cash-strapped state millions of euros in lost revenue.

Review: Vintage drinks advertising posters on display Special

Barnet - Tucked away in leafy Hertfordshire is a pub called The Arkley. On display in the establishment is a collection of vintage drinks advertising posters throughout the years. Digital Journal paid a visit.

The evolution of lager yeast charted

The key to making a good beer is a mix of the best ingredients, craft and the best yeast. In the beer world, lagers dominate the market. Researchers have been pondering the origins of the lager yeast.

Pilot and crew pulled off Oslo plane after failing breath test

Oslo - The Latvian pilot of an airBaltic flight and three crew members were pulled off the Greece-bound plane in Oslo early Saturday after failing a breathalyser test before take-off, Norwegian police said.

Drink and be? Four types of drunkenness discovered

New research conducted in the U.S. has categorized the drunken personalities that people adopt as: “Mary Poppins”, “Hemingway”, “Nutty Professor” or “Mr Hyde”. Do you agree, and, if you drink, which one is your closest match?

Review: Cats galore at Chesham's cat themed pub Special

Chesham - The Black Cat is a small, homely pub located in the historic market town of Chesham. On a hot summer's afternoon, Digital Journal popped in to examine the varied features (and sample a pint of ale.)

Indian police arrest bootlegger over toxic liquor deaths

New Delhi - Indian police have arrested a bootlegger accused of supplying the toxic liquor that killed 100 people from a slum in the financial capital Mumbai, a senior officer has said.

Death toll from Mumbai liquor poisoning rises to 90

Mumbai - The death toll from India's latest incident of mass alcohol poisoning following the consumption of toxic homemade liquor rose to 90 on Saturday, Mumbai police said.
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