World Health Organization ranks the world’s heaviest drinking countries, your country probably didn’t make the cut
Recently the World Health Organization (WHO?) released a list of the hardest drinking countries on the planet, and congratulations eastern Europe, your gray, post Iron Curtain despair makes the rest of the planet look like lightweights.
The top ten, based on the consumption of pure alcohol per year per person is below. The US clocked in at 9.2 liters, the UK at 11.6, global average is 6.2.
-Belarus – 17.5 liters
-Republic of Moldova – 16.8 liters
-Lithuania – 15.4 liters
-Russian Federation – 15.1 liters
-Romania – 14.4 liters
-Ukraine – 13.9 liters
-Andorra – 13.8 liters
-Hungary – 13.3 liters
-Czech Republic and Slovakia – 13 liters
-Portugal – 12.9 liters
A whiskey shortage? Don’t be silly… whiskey is forever. Ah, but no. See, America has actually gotten pretty damn good at making the stuff, which is good for everyone. But this means that America is now exporting its fine brown liquor overseas, from both distilleries large and small. And it’s not really a supply problem, though that’s part of it— it’s more about the fact that whiskey takes a damn long time to distill, and supply is outstripping the actual available amount of finished whiskey. So that’s not good.
For about as long as we’ve been drinking alcohol, someone has had some idea of something you could take first if you want to drink more without getting totally shitfaced. But as it turns out, the absolute best thing is live yeast— yes, the thing that you make beer from in the first place. For every beer you expect to drink, eat a spoonful of live yeast first and when the alcohol hits your stomach, the yeast will break alcohol down into its non-alcohol component parts before it hits your bloodstream.
Like caffeine? Like alcohol? New research shows that both awesome substances in equal measure are good for helping your cells replicate by keeping your chromosome ends in tact. Does that make Four Loko the perfect drink?
Way before the push for medicinal marijuana, during the days of Prohibition in the US, if you wanted your liquor fix, you could take your chances on the black market, or you could stroll down to your doctor’s office and get a prescription for medicinal booze. It’s for my glaucoma *hic*