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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Nov 21, 2019. 19 comments

Research shows binge drinking in cities increases after Uber’s arrival

Research shows binge drinking in cities increases after Uber’s arrival

While Uber’s arrival in some cities has corresponded with lower rates of alcohol-related traffic accidents, new data indicates Uber’s arrival in a city is often also followed by a rise in binge drinking. Researchers from the University of Louisville and Georgia State University compared Uber’s arrival in cities with surveys about alcohol consumption collected by the Centers for Disease...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Nov 19, 2019. 18 comments

Employees of liquor company say office culture made them stumbling drunk

Employees of liquor company say office culture made them stumbling drunk

Workplace culture can be rough to navigate at the best of times, but perhaps especially when there’s alcohol involved. Pernod Ricard, a French company that makes popular spirits like the anise-flavored pastis aperitif, has been accused by a growing number of former and current employees of fostering an inhospitable office drinking culture that pressured workers into getting drunk on the job.

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Nov 12, 2019. 1 comments

Ask The Salty Waitress: I suspect this bar fills top-shelf liquor bottles with bottom-shelf booze

Ask The Salty Waitress: I suspect this bar fills top-shelf liquor bottles with bottom-shelf booze
The Salty WaitressThe Salty WaitressSalty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life.Prev NextView All

Dear Salty, Last night I went to a bar that I’ve never been to and I ordered my usual gin and tonic with my preferred brand; almost immediately I could tell that it...

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Nov 12, 2019.

Ireland blocks booze ads near schools, trains, buses, daycares, cinemas

Ireland blocks booze ads near schools, trains, buses, daycares, cinemas

This Wednesday, Ireland will see sweeping alcohol advertisement restrictions take effect, the most comprehensive attempt to regulate the industry in Irish history. The new measures, introduced by Minister for Health Simon Harris, passed the Irish legislature last October.

The tighter restrictions are aimed at “changing the culture of drinking in Ireland.” According to a 2016 study from the...

Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Nov 11, 2019. 5 comments

Michigan is suffering through a booze shortage

Michigan is suffering through a booze shortage

Detroit Lions fans in search of a cocktail to drown their Sunday sorrows might have had a hard time finding their preferred liquor. The state of Michigan is in the midst of a liquor shortage as Republic National Distributing Company, one of its largest distributors—the middle man between liquor companies and bars/stores—experiences technical difficulties. This has resulted in late or missed...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Oct 30, 2019. 21 comments

At least we can all agree vaping alcohol is bad

At least we can all agree vaping alcohol is bad

While health authorities work to determine whether vaping marijuana is to blame for a recent spate of lung illnesses and is, as your Aunt Kathy says, “the devil’s fog,” there’s one substance authorities can agree is downright bad when vaped: alcohol.

That’s why alcohol vaping machines are illegal in the U.S., and why a Minnesota bar has been fined for having one on its presence. The...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Oct 08, 2019. 7 comments

St. Louis bar charges by the hour rather than the drink—what could go wrong?

St. Louis bar charges by the hour rather than the drink—what could go wrong?

This summer, word hit the digital street that a St. Louis city government employee was planning to open a bar called Open Concept that charged patrons by the hour rather than by the drink. Surely, some skeptics figured, this unique payment structure would never actually clear the necessary hurdles and actually open its doors. Well, Open Concept has proved the skeptics wrong.

The bar launched...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Oct 02, 2019. 20 comments

Russian booze consumption plummets, rewrite your jokes accordingly

Russian booze consumption plummets, rewrite your jokes accordingly

Russians’ national penchant for vodka and booze of all kinds is legendary, the stuff of punch lines and sketch comedy bits. But we collectively may have to retool our tired one-liners given new evidence that Russians are drinking less—dramatically less.

A new World Health Organization report shows Russian alcohol consumption dropped 43% between 2003 and 2016, enough to cause a measurable...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 24, 2019. 18 comments

You’re not hung over, you’re legally ill—in Germany

You’re not hung over, you’re legally ill—in Germany

You might not want to explain to your boss exactly why you’re calling in sick—“It was the Cuervo shots, ma’am”—but roughly a third of Americans will take a day off work after a night of binge drinking. In Germany, that excuse might fly a bit better these days, after a Frankfurt court ruled Monday that hangovers are in fact classifiable as an illness.

German news site Deutsche Welle reports...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 20, 2019. 19 comments

The Amish horse-and-buggy DUI, explained

The Amish horse-and-buggy DUI, explained

Perhaps you’ve seen the headlines this week. “2 Amish men escape police after being pulled over for DUI in buggy”—please note the subheadline, which reads: “Horse also fled the scene.” You have questions. We have questions. Let’s sort this out.

Q: Can you get a DUI for driving a buggy?

A: Yes. The chief deputy from Ohio’s Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office told CNN affiliate WJW that DUI laws...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Sep 10, 2019. 23 comments

NYC unleashes new weapon in war on rats: buckets of alcohol

NYC unleashes new weapon in war on rats: buckets of alcohol

I was born, raised, and spent 86% of my adult life in Brooklyn, which means I am more than familiar with New York City’s rat-control oeuvre. During most of the 1980s, it was understood that the rats were in full control of the city, as NYC had closed out the previous decade with a woman being attacked by a marauding gang of vicious rats. They’re still around, of course, but the city now has a...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 05, 2019. 15 comments

American women drinking more, living less

American women drinking more, living less

Though writing about alcohol comprises a significant chunk of my career, I try not to shy away from acknowledging its ill effects. Like cheeseburgers, sun exposure, and anything else remotely fun, alcohol is to be enjoyed in moderation, lest we risk serious health consequences. But American women especially aren’t doing well in moderating their alcohol use, says a new and alarming study from...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Aug 14, 2019. 22 comments

Four Loko just Four Loko’d hard seltzer

Four Loko just Four Loko’d hard seltzer

It’s the best summer ever to be a hard seltzer drinker. White Claw and its ilk are seemingly everywhere, with the number of hard seltzer brands swelling by the day. This week alone, we heard news of Natural Light and Pabst Blue Ribbon’s new lines of seltzers. But there is one ring to rule them all, and it comes from the terrifyingly caffeinated booze grenade you thought you’d forgotten:...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Aug 14, 2019. 24 comments

The Takeout's fantasy food draft: Best classic cocktail

The Takeout's fantasy food draft: Best classic cocktail
Takeout DraftFood. Fantasy sports. Debating over Slack. Welcome to The Takeout Draft.  

Welcome, dear readers, to The Takeout Draft, our recurring feature that combines our love of food, fantasy sports, and arguing on Slack.

Every week, we will select a topic of conversation from the food and drink world. Takeout writers will then field a team via the snake draft format. After five rounds, The...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Aug 12, 2019. 21 comments

Liquor sounds great, more Americans say

Liquor sounds great, more Americans say

2019, am I right? It’s the year that’s felt like one giant “Lemon, it’s Wednesday.”

Psychic malaise may be partially to blame for Americans’ increasing fondness for liquor, or maybe we’ve just finally reached the apex of the small-batch bourbon trend. No matter the cause, liquor’s popularity is on the rise, according to the results of a poll recently released by Gallup.

Beer still dominates as...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Aug 08, 2019. 1 comments

By god, PBR hard coffee might actually serve a purpose

By god, PBR hard coffee might actually serve a purpose

When Pabst Blue Ribbon launched a whiskey , people raised their eyebrows. When it launched a 5% ABV hard coffee, people rolled those eyes. But then word began trickling in from the five states—Pennsylvania, Maine, New Jersey, Florida and Georgia—in which the PBR hard coffee was sold. People say it’s kinda good?

An avowed fan of coffee, beer, and day drinking, I couldn’t let this new product go...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jul 29, 2019. 5 comments

Copious booze blamed for cruise ship brawl that, for the record, did not involve clowns

Copious booze blamed for cruise ship brawl that, for the record, did not involve clowns

I do my best to avoid checking Twitter on weekends. On Saturday, though, I opened Twitter to send a tweet and saw these headlines: “Bloody fight starts on UK cruise ship after ‘clown’ shows up.” If nothing else, the news stories served as a strong reminder of why I enacted that no-Twitter-on-weekends policy.

But, it turns out, those initial reports besmirched the good name of clowns...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jul 26, 2019. 24 comments

Why are people obsessed with White Claw?

Why are people obsessed with White Claw?
DrinkeryDrinkery is The Takeout's celebration of beer, liquor, coffee, and other potent potables.  

Since my taste test of hard seltzers , people have begun turning to me as their personal Hard Seltzer Explainer. I field the questions at parties, via text, on Twitter: What are hard seltzers made of? Who’s drinking them? But above all: Why are people so obsessed with White Claw?

Let’s first...

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Jul 26, 2019. 5 comments

Ask The Salty Waitress: The bartender refused to accept my ID

Ask The Salty Waitress: The bartender refused to accept my ID
The Salty WaitressSalty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life.  

Hi Salty, Recently I was at a restaurant/bar out of state and decided to get a drink while we waited for the table. When the bartender asked for my ID he took an unusually long time examining it before...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jul 16, 2019. 10 comments

Study: “Secondhand drinking” harms 1 in 5 Americans

Study: “Secondhand drinking” harms 1 in 5 Americans

Once America better understood the risks of secondhand smoke, publicly lighting a cigarette—especially around children—came to be seen as almost an aggressive act. A study recently published in the Journal Of Alcohol And Drugs suggests “secondhand drinking” is its own social ill, causing harm to 20% of Americans annually.

Researchers from the Alcohol Research Group at the Public Health...

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