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Anthropology in Practice

There’s More to That Red Plastic Cup Than You Thought

Raise your cup. | Creative Commons. Photo by John W. Iwanski. Click on image for license and link.

Who here has not enjoyed a cold, refreshing drink from a red plastic cup? Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages alike find themselves comfortably enclosed within the confines of the bright red vessel that has become a ubiquitous American staple at barbecues, picnics, parties, in dugouts and at minor league games, in food cars and at lunch [...]

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Food Matters

Friday Happy Hour #3: Pumpkin Beer, Flavor Generation and Brewing Adjuncts

For your consideration: 4 wonderful pumpkin ales.

I’m doing a monthly series here at Food Matters that I’m calling “Friday* Happy Hour,” in which I’ll delve into the science of alcohol production. I was really excited about this month’s Happy Hour. I’m a huge fan of pumpkin beers, and there are so many to chose from. I’ve been saving a bottle from [...]

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Food Matters

Friday Happy Hour: An Introduction (American Lager)

The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (click for source)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , over 50% of adults over the age of 18 had at least one alcoholic drink per month in 2010. Of course, many of those folks (myself included) drank much more than that, totaling $152 billion dollars in the US alone according to US Department [...]

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Observations

Docs Frequently Fail to Sniff Out Boozers

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Height? Weight? Any changes in your health? Do you smoke? Simple screening in the doctor’s office can help clinicians pick up on potential health problems. But these perfunctory questions—combined with any other follow-up an individual doctor might decide to do—fail to detect one exceedingly common health issue: too much drinking. Each year more than one [...]

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Observations

Smoke and Mirrors: Driving While High on Marijuana Doubles One’s Chances of a Serious Car Crash

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Booze is behind an estimated 2.1 million car accidents each year in the U.S.—which cause almost 11,000 traffic fatalities annually. But many drug users have claimed that a few puffs of pot before getting behind the wheel are perfectly harmless. A new study, however, shows that drivers who smoke marijuana within a few hours of [...]

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Observations

Physics in the Mix: Bartending Gets Scientific

Molecular gastronomy—the use of scientific techniques to create exotic cuisine—is becoming a household term. But what about molecular mixology? An article in the December Physics World (free registration required) explores how bartenders are using scientific equipment and techniques to create new cocktails, and how many long-established tricks in the mixologists’ book are firmly rooted in [...]

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The White Noise

How an Addict Becomes Homeless

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I spend much of my time writing on homeless addicts in the Bronx. I’ve gotten encouragement on the work that I do, though for transparency’s sake, I have to detail the act of my own intellectual and lived ambiguity: I ignore the existence of a soon-to-be-homeless addict in my own life. —————————– I collected rainbows [...]

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The White Noise

“Hangover Cure” Bus is a Moving Binge Drinking Ad

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Instant gratification culture has now reached the seemingly endless pain that is the hangover. Hangover Heaven, a bus operated out of Las Vegas, feeds customers a drip IV concoction of a “vitamin mix” meant to fix or drastically lessen the head-wrenching, queasy, post-party problem. Hangover Heaven’s site says the basic service yields a hydration IV, [...]

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The White Noise

Global Substance Use Breakdown (Hint: Americans Love Painkillers)

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It’s easy to zoom in on drug and alcohol use to America, nestling with home-grown problems, but where do we stand with the rest of the world? Are we, the culture of excess and over-consumption, “normal?” Alcohol The world drank the equivalent of 1.6 gallons of alcohol per person in 2005, according to the World [...]

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The White Noise

Money Aside, Who Goes to Rehab? White Alcoholics

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We often hear of addicts’ journeys leading to a stint in an rehabilitation facility or perhaps even multiple stints. But who goes to rehab and what does it say about our perception of addiction? Rehab facilities, originally called “sober houses” and founded to create an isolated area removed from the temptations of substance abuse, are [...]

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The White Noise

Chelsea Handler and Addiction as Identity

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Fairly often, novels, films and TV show clips come across my doorstep and inbox related to addiction. And though most of them offer unique insight, most offer a similar glaring message — This is a story about an Addict and her drug. The stories often contain families, careers and struggles but as a side note [...]

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The White Noise

The science of relapse (and when did drinking become a hobby?)

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Every so often I’m briefly and viscerally aware of environmental “triggers,” cues to use a substance, and how difficult evading them must be for addicts. Alcohol, on billboards and shopping bags, commercials and taxi cabs, is everywhere, and avoiding it teems with impossibility. For the rest of us, it may be moderately comparable to running [...]

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The White Noise

5 alcohol-isms for New Year’s

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1. Drunk walking contains a bigger risk factor than you might think. The journal of Injury Prevention cites January 1 with the high incident rates of pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes (PDF). Give the feet a rest — take a cab. 2. Champagne bubbles follow a science! Listen to the SciAm podcast and check out an explainer [...]

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