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The secret of happiness? A local pub

The secrets of happiness occupy voluminous books and an entire industry of analysts. The secret may be down the end of our roads: a pub we can call home. At least, according to a new study.

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.

Binge drinking still too high with pregnant women

A U.S. based report has shown that one in 10 women aged 18-44 years consumes alcohol during pregnancy. This carries with it a range of ill-health effects for the mother and baby.

Memory loss from excessive drinking is on the rise with teenagers

San Diego - An adverse consequence of drinking is the so-termed blackout. Remarkably this has been reported by up to 50 percent of drinkers.

Most regular drinkers are not alcohol dependent

Atlanta - In the U.S., nine in 10 adults who drink alcohol above the recommended “safe” levels are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study.

College Pres: Rape happens because you drink and have casual sex

Donald Eastman, president of Eckerd College, recently said that the student body is blaming sexual assault on heavy drinking and casual sex.

Drinking during pregnancy could be made illegal in the UK

Depending on the outcome of a current case invovling a woman who drank while pregnant, drinking during pregnancy could become a crime in the United Kingdom

Majority of Canadians do not drink enough water

Toronto - Water filtration exporter Brita recently conducted a survey on beverage consumption habits of Canadians. The survey revealed some interesting facts: primarily, Canadians are not drinking enough water.

Op-Ed: Why we need to ban sororities

In America's discussion about the ongoing rape crisis on college campuses, the focus has recently turned to fraternities. Frat houses are being blamed for amplifying "rape culture," and Wesleyan University has decided to make its fraternities coed.

One in 10 deaths among adults due to excessive drinking

Washington - In the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive alcohol use accounts for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults ages 20-64 years.

Powdered booze, overlooked by feds, gets banned

New York - A powder that turns water into booze has been banned from distribution and sale after initially being approved "in error" by federal regulators.

Op-Ed: Study - Teen drivers still texting & drinking behind the wheel

A recent study shows that while teen drivers know which behaviors are risky, they don’t quite understand what it means to engage in those behaviors.

First self-serve beer tables now in Alberta Special

Edmonton - Want to pour your own beer during a night out? The first self-serve beer tables in Alberta are now in operation at a pub on Whyte Avenue.

A smartphone device could potentially prevent DUIs and save lives

Imagine having a couple of drinks and taking a breathalyzer test without a police officer's involvement. Gadgets like Bactrak and AlcoHAWK have made that possible for several years. But accuracy claims of these devices are often questioned.

James Bond is dead, or should be

Since 1962, James Bond has graced the silver screen in 23 action packed films. Movies about Agent 007, the British Secret Agent portray the Bond character as invincible.

Community encouraged to take their teens out for a drink

A plan to combat youth binge drinking in Ireland has pub owners setting aside family nights for their patrons to bring their teens in for a pint. The plan has backing from some unexpected sources.

UK Government: 'On holiday, don’t let drink do your talking'

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office is encouraging young travelers to think before they drink, to avoid putting themselves at risk of serious harm while holidaying in foreign countries.

Smoking and heavy drinking linked to cognitive decline

A new study indicates that a combination of smoking and heavy drinking habits can contribute to the acceleration of age-related cognitive decline.

Abstainers International supports those who just say No

In a world where drinking and drug use is commonplace, a new group is working to build a community that says no to partying but not to fun. Abstainers International launched today with a slew of celeb members.

Study: Smoking while drinking worsens hangovers

According to a new study that was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs claims that smoking may make a hangover worse.

U.K. considering minimum alcohol pricing

A U.K. government agency has come out in support of proposals for a minimum price for alcoholic drinks. The idea is that by stopping alcoholic drinks from being sold too cheaply, this will deter vulnerable people.

Qantas' pilot suspected of drinking alcohol forced out of cockpit

A Qantas captain was forced to give up the controls of a passenger jet because the cabin crew suspected her of drinking booze before the flight.

Panel discusses problems affecting Sydney area Special

Sydney - A public forum was held at the Kings Cross Hotel and presented by FBi Radio and Time Out Sydney. It comes after the death of Thomas Kelly who was hit in the head in an unprovoked attack.

U.S. CDC reports 1 in 13 pregnant women drink alcohol

Research released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says drinking among pregnant women is a public health concern. The agency noted 1 in 13 pregnant women drink alcohol.

Moderate drinking may be good for women's bones

Corvallis - Listen up all you teetotalers, a new study suggests moderate drinking may be good for the bones of post-menopausal women.

Video: Buddhist monks filmed smoking, drinking, playing poker

Seoul - Eight monks of the Korean Buddhist Jogye sect were secretly filmed drinking, smoking and gambling in their hotel suite. The hidden surveillance camera recorded them playing a game of high stakes poker in which $875,000 was won.

Hillary Clinton parties all-night in Colombian nightclub

Cartagena - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 64, attending the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, took time off from the grueling routine of her official schedule to party all-night long at a Colombian nightclub on Saturday evening.

Single dose of LSD can help alcoholics give up drinking

Oslo - A new study by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology claims that analysis of independent clinical trials between 1966 and 1970 shows that a single dose of the hallucinogenic drug LSD can help alcoholics give up drinking.

More than 30 million Americans are binge drinkers

A new government report shows that millions of Americans have a drinking problem, as more than 30 million Americans are considered binge drinkers.

Fracking and investor-owned water utilities share the spoils

Washington - America’s two largest publicly traded water utilities are positioned to benefit from the billions of gallons of water needed annually by the oil and gas industry’s hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and could be downplaying associated water risks.
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The champagne bar at the International Horse Show, people enjoying an interval drink.
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A view of Whisky Live 2015, held in London during the third weekend in March.
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People, mostly men, discussing the different whiskies on offer during the tasting.
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Pouring a glass of California wine
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An ancient Chinese drinking vessel, called a Jué, used in the Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties.
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