Alcohol May Have Different Pair-Bonding Effects On Males And Females

Alcohol is often referred to as a social lubricant, but its effects on pair bonding have not been fully explored. But a new experiment performed on prairie voles — a socially monogamous mammal — suggests that alcohol may cause males to be more drawn to strangers, while the opposite holds true for females. » 4/08/14 12:20pm 4/08/14 12:20pm

Why Astronauts Were Banned From Drinking Wine In Outer Space

The story behind NASA's brief embrace of extraterrestrial sherry is a curious one. In the early seventies, the agency's focus was shifting from short, Moon-focused missions to the possibility of longer-term inhabitation of space. A revamped menu was among the most pressing challenges: food on the Gemini and Apollo… » 1/31/14 4:14pm 1/31/14 4:14pm

The Oldest Alcoholic Drinks on Earth

A long-preserved historical artifact always carries an air of heady mystery with it. You're touching something that people touched hundreds of years ago. But when it's an alcoholic beverage, preserved for centuries, that head-spinning feeling has the potential to become real. Here are the oldest drinks still in… » 10/03/13 4:25pm 10/03/13 4:25pm

How much alcohol is too much?

Located somewhere between the craggy cliffs of Raging Alcoholism and the tranquil (if a tad repressed) planes of Stone-Cold Sobriety roll the pleasantly sloping hills of Moderate Booze-Consumption. It's a nice, pleasantly buzzed place to visit – but getting there can be a little tricky. What does it really mean, after… » 9/10/13 12:20pm 9/10/13 12:20pm

Researchers make alcohol from coffee, change everything

A team of goddamn heroes scientists has gone and found a way to make booze out of used coffee grounds, finally bridging the gap between two of the most popular pastimes on the planet. » 8/07/13 7:50am 8/07/13 7:50am

Visit The Forbidden Moonshine Caverns of the Appalachians

A series of caverns in the Smokey Mountains provided a perfect lair for bootleggers looking to make some illicit liquor during Prohibition. The government eventually cracked down on these subterranean "moonshiners," but you can still visit their secret underground distilleries today. » 6/17/13 3:00pm 6/17/13 3:00pm

Do different kinds of alcohol get you different kinds of drunk?

When your friend gets tipsy and starts rambling about how tequila turns her into a savage party monster, and then your other friend vehemently calls bullshit, calmly put your hands up and say this: "Friends. Please. I got this." And then explain to them what I'm about to explain to you. » 4/26/13 3:20pm 4/26/13 3:20pm

Everything you need to know about alcohol for your St. Patrick's Day…

Whether you're already three sheets to the wind or abstaining from booze this St. Patrick's Day, get to know a little bit more about the wet and intoxicating stuff. We've collected some of our favorite posts about the science, social science, and history of alcohol, so you'll have more to say about your beer aside from … » 3/17/13 7:30am 3/17/13 7:30am