Science: Booze is booze is booze

If you see a difference between these drinks, you’re biased.

It’s Valentine’s Day, and whether that means you’re drinking wine with your lover, or pounding cheap whiskey mixed with tears because you’re alone, your body treats it all the same.

According to researchers, your body can’t tell the difference between the alcohol in one drink from another. Which means if tequila makes your clothes fall off, the same amount of alcohol from hard cider will, too. The real factor is how much alcohol is in your drink, and how much alcohol is going into your system.

So don’t worry about buying the good stuff. Once it’s past your tongue, your body doesn’t know if it’s rotgut or septuple-distilled vodka.

 

White Russians for kids

"Does this taste, like, breasty to you, man?"
“Does this taste … like … breasty to you, man?”

If there were ever a necessary argument for breastfeeding, today’s Booze News would be it. (We say “necessary” because — come on, mommy bloggers — nobody anywhere is arguing against it. Just don’t be surprised if National Geographic takes a picture of you doing it in a Starbucks like this is Papua-New Guinea or something.)

A baby in Wisconsin — home of questionable alcohol choices like brewing Schlitz and Milwaukee’s Best — was rushed to emergency medical care after accidentally consuming formula made with vodka. The accident was the result of

  1. Mom filling a bottle with water to make formula and then leaving the room.
  2. Then dad walking into the room, dumping out the water and filling the bottle with vodka to take to a friend’s home (and then also leaving the room).
  3. Mom walking back in to find the bottle where she left it and mixing in formula powder, not knowing that dad is a weirdo who takes his vodka in a sippy cup.

Once noticing that the child was behaving like 1980s Keifer Sutherland, the couple realized what happened and began, according to police, fighting. Police charged neither for the mistake, but dad reportedly got taken away for alleged undisclosed actions during the altercation.

The child is recovering just fine from weird dreams about bowling alleys and Saddam Hussein during her intoxication. Also, she really hates the damn Eagles, man.

Two liquors in one bottle is just better

Sooner or later, we all learn that mixing liquors is a bad idea. Sometimes it works out OK, but others it means a guarantee of waking up feeling nearly dead. Luckily, there’s a loophole: pre-mixed liquors.

Vodquila is a blend of, unsurprisingly, vodka and tequila. It was invented by a father and daughter in Alabama who apparently like to mix and drink together. They have created the perfect liquor for Mexican-Russians. They’ve even won an award for it.

Vodquila, for when you want to get tequila drunk, but with the versatility of vodka, the choice of alcoholics everywhere.

Vodka enables communication

They should name it the Yeltsin system based on his use of vodka vapor to communicate with the U.S.
They should name it the Yeltsin system based on his use of vodka vapor to communicate with the U.S.

If there’s one liquid capable of getting two people freely — maybe a little too freely — communicating, it’s vodka. And now, you can send text messages with your 80-proof, acetone-flavored breath.

Researchers at York University were able to successfully send and receive the lyrics to “O Canada” by evaporating vodka and using different concentrations of vapor to signify ones and zeros.

But before you start shaking and stirring your way to the world’s first slurred operating system, keep in mind that there are limits. It has to be within a closed space so that the vapor doesn’t drift away unreceived. And you probably have to drink enough vodka to drown a Kossack to breathe your way halfway through “www.bangbros.com” in binary.

But it should make drunk texting easier.

The beer of the damned

Got big weekend plans? Whatever you do, do not grab some Buds. You may wind up in the hospital.

According to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, if you wind up in the emergency room after drinking, it’s very likely that you were drinking Budweiser. By drinking Bud Light, you only slightly decrease your chances. In fact, those are the only regular beers that will do that to you, because the next most common injury-related swills were Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice (all malt liquors) and Barton’s vodka, which is probably rotgut.

What is it about Budweiser that causes its drinkers to injure themselves? Legend has it that every time Anheuser-Busch put a regional brewery out of business in the mid-20th century, its owners would put a hex on the growing beer monstrosity. Now, the souls of those breweries have come back to exact their revenge on Budweiser drinkers. Not even a clydesdale can help you outrun your fate.

In Czech Republic, booze drinks you dead

Booze is a delightful invention that we at SG will always lust for. But it’s not all fun and games with booze.

Sometimes booze injures people. Sometimes booze excites people in the wrong way. Sometimes booze blinds people more than booze goggles can do. Sometimes booze kills people.

But usually, booze kills people when its origin is uncertain. WHICH IS INSANE THAT SOMEONE WOULD NOT KNOW WHERE THEIR BOOZE COMES FROM. People, do your research. Know where your booze comes. Know what it consists of. The difference could be a matter between vodka and anti-freeze.

The meat lover’s vodka

Do you like smoked salmon? Of course. How about vodka? Who doesn’t? After years of questioning why no one had combined the two, the Alaska Distillery has solved the problem.

Yes, they have created smoked salmon vodka, and it’s part of a growing trend of meat-flavored vodka. Of course, it goes best in a bloody mary, but people are finding new ways to mix the spirit into other concoctions.

Finally, we can order a smoked salmontini!

[via Consumerist]

You eyeballin’ me, boy?

No? Then you must not be very cool.

“Eyeballing“–which the kids pronounce with an emphasis on the “g” at the end as they’re all about annunciation these days–is a new teenaged drinking trend where high schoolers pour vodka into each others’ eyes.

The process reportedly gets them drunker faster and can cause corneal scarring. Also, it makes for “totes sweet YouTubes.”

If you are a parent, your child could be doing this … right now. To call them out on it, look for the following warning signs:

  • Red, swollen eyes that have difficulty focusing or holding down a job.
  • Visine bottles that reek of potatoes.
  • Lingo like “Pinko Eye,”Gawking at Lenin’s Tomb”,” “social justice” and, when asked if they’ve been drinking, they reply, “N’yet.”

Once you have diagnosed the problem, please, teach your teenager how to drink like a normal child.

R. Kelly is somehow involved in this …

Grace and elegance aren’t two words normally associated with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and yet, he’s the face of Cîroc French vodka, the already controversial spirit made from grapes that set the world on its ear about what is the definition of vodka. With this public statement from Diddy,

“If you are not drinking Cîroc vodka, then you are drinking pee pee,”

Cîroc’s image isn’t exactly that of refined adulthood. And yes, those were his exact words.

Martin Silver, chief executive officer of Star Industries (which owns Georgi vodka), did what any competing owner would do-he filled a toilet bowl with bottles of Cîroc vodka and tried to deliver it to Diddy’s Manhattan office.

The public stunt started in Times Square, but when the toilet bowl got too heavy for the business-suited man carrying it, a cab was beckoned. Once at the front of the building, Diddy’s security guards met them at the curb and would not allow them in the front door. Silver asked for an apology for the urinary comment; however, all he got was a roll of toilet paper thrown from a window above.

Don’t worry Diddy-SeriouslyGuys will never forget you.