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Why should I drink less--really?

First of all: I don't think this is a capital-p Problem with alcohol. I just like it--specifically wine--a lot, and I have some vague sense that I should cut down or stop. Much of this has to do with the fact that my partner is a recovering alcoholic and doesn't drink at all, so I have some guilt with my dinnertime glass even as he says he doesn't mind. I know, intellectually, that alcohol is bad, mmkay, but that knowledge does nothing for my decision-making. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Nov 24, 2015 - 30 answers

Interstate Intervention?

The shit has hit the fan. The plane has crashed into the mountain. My out-of-town sister needs help for her drinking, depression and anxiety above and beyond what her loved ones or twice-a-week therapy can provide. Since interventions don't work, how do I get her the help she needs? [more inside]
posted by Pearl928 on Nov 3, 2015 - 14 answers

How long until I can safely resume yoga after an appendectomy?

I had an appendectomy five days ago. I haven't had my follow-up with the surgeon yet, but I have a couple of burning questions I thought I'd ask here. [more inside]
posted by exoticlikeomaha on Nov 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Do any medical conditions cause you to blow LOW on a breath test?

Are there any medical conditions that would cause someone to "blow" a BAC level on a breath test that was misleadingly low for actual BAC? Or do I have some metabolising superpower? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2015 - 7 answers

Identify this German after dinner shot

Several years ago I spent time with some German visitors, and after each dinner they passed out airplane bottles of liquer. The tradition, they said, was to drink it down, put the cap on your nose, and hang the bottle from your lip via suction. I've since wondered about this tradition and WHAT exactly was the liquer that they used. Here is a photo if someone could please identify it. Thanks!
posted by Mikey51 on Oct 25, 2015 - 4 answers

How to ship a bottle of whisky from Germany to Montana?

I'd like to send a bottle of single malt from Germany to a friend in Montana as a gift. Has anyone done this before? What do I need to be aware of, in terms of customs, import tax / duties and federal and/or state alcohol laws? [more inside]
posted by starzero on Oct 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Choosing a port to drink later. Way, way later.

We have a new baby, and would love to get a bottle of liquor to stick in the basement and hopefully remember where it is 21 years from now, in order to drink it with her to celebrate her 21st birthday. I think we want a port, but we have no idea what to look for when purchasing this, and the person at the liquor store was very unhelpful (but we are willing to go to another store if that is the answer). Help us not screw this up! [more inside]
posted by kellygrape on Oct 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Can I use potable alcohol to sterizile a thermometer?

Can I use vodka and whiskey to sterilize stuff? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Oct 10, 2015 - 16 answers

Retail availability of grain alcohol in New York State

Is high-proof (190 or higher) grain alcohol (Everclear, Gem, Graves, etc.) sold in New York State, and, if so, how difficult is it to find (especially in rural areas)? [more inside]
posted by enn on Sep 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Flavor Bible for liquor/mixed drinks?

Do you know of a book or other resource like The Flavor Bible for liquor? I've seen resources on matching wine to food (at least one by the folks behind The Flavor Bible), but I am looking for something similar for liquor and related items (e.g. bitters and mixers). Book, online, or iphone/ipad apps are welcome
posted by 2 cats in the yard on Aug 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Sober in the big city

I live in New York City and I have a friend coming into town in a few weeks who is going through alcohol recovery. I'm looking for things to do in the city with them that lessen the presence of alcohol in the environment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I go to AA meetings and still use cocaine recreationally?

My drinking is out of control. I've tried to cut down and I can't. It's ruining my relationship, making me irritable and anxious throughout the day, and I've made incredibly dangerous decisions while drunk. I have no one to talk to about this and I want to try AA. However, I would like to continue using coke on occasion. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2015 - 26 answers

Like Beer But Not Beer

I'm trying to cut down on my alcohol consumption. What are some beverages that satisfy some of the same taste experience as beer or wine? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Jul 29, 2015 - 44 answers

Alcohol problems, in a closed community

I am drinking more than I want to be drinking. I don't know that it meets the criteria for a "problem" ... except that I can't seem to cut down. I live in a closed, orderly community where I don't have control over the availability of alcohol, or access to an AA meeting. I need help with a) some strategies to cut down or cut off my drinking and b) online support. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2015 - 27 answers

Hit me with your best shot

What (good, tested) cocktails are made from shelf-stable components only? [more inside]
posted by carrioncomfort on Jul 21, 2015 - 42 answers

Beer is proof that God loves hepatologists and wants them to be billing

What would the most nutritionally useful beer have in it and what would the process be for making it? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Jul 19, 2015 - 14 answers

How much wine is too much wine?

Friend called expressing concern about my recent drinking habits. Not sure if she has cause to be legitimately concerned or if she's overreacting. [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Jul 15, 2015 - 31 answers

What to give an aspiring mixologist?

Mixologists: What is a really awesome and useful (read: not gold-plated $75 shot glasses) bartending-related gift I can get for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Jul 6, 2015 - 25 answers

Not being sad about no longer drinking

I am going to have to stop drinking, and it is making me sad. Looking for things to be happy about. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2015 - 26 answers

Whose idea was it to have an open bar at a lecture?

I was watching a movie where a scene included an academic lecturing on her work. The event was a black tie affair and there was an open bar at the lecture. I suddenly realized that this is common in movies and I've actually been to something like that in real life. Why? [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Jul 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Liver-friendly OTC pain medicine?

Are there any effective, over-the-counter pain medicines that are appropriate for someone with liver/pancreas damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2015 - 14 answers

What used to be an ok amount of alcohol now is not. Help!

I've been through a lot of changes lately and one of them has been losing 40 lbs. I love beer and socializing. And another change is being more social and putting myself out there. But the combination of eating less and weighing less has put a dent in my ability to deal with alcohol. I end up slightly more drunk and a lot more hungover How do I continue to enjoy the things I love without it affecting me so much? [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth on May 21, 2015 - 35 answers

Japan-filter: From Bullfighting to Kurosawa in a Cocktail

How do you say "Blood and Sand" in Japanese? [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Apr 22, 2015 - 11 answers

Teach me to drink alcohol like an adult

After over 15 years of abstaining from alcohol, I want to order an occasional drink when out with friends. I don't like beer or wine. I pretty much despise the taste of alcohol. What should I drink? [more inside]
posted by puppet du sock on Apr 22, 2015 - 72 answers

Please help my girlfriend back out of a bachelorette party!

My girlfriend was invited to a bachelorette party, which will be held in two weeks. She RSVP'ed a week ago, but realized that she’s made a big mistake in agreeing to go. She now wants to back out, and would like to know how to do so without upsetting the bride. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Apr 4, 2015 - 39 answers

Life After No-Drinking-Allowed: what's the next step?

I gave my problematic-drinker boyfriend an ultimatum to stop drinking for at least 30 days, and he accepted the challenge. Which is great... except I have no game plan for what comes next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2015 - 33 answers

Does yeast mate during alcohol fermentation?

I've learned a bunch about the mating life of S. cerevisiae and about alcohol fermentation, but I haven't found a definitive answer to one question: Does yeast mate during alcohol fermentation? More than usual? Less than usual? Not at all? If it does, does that mean that a-factor and α-factor are present in beer and wine?
posted by clawsoon on Mar 31, 2015 - 10 answers

Perfect Pink Punch

I'm looking for a not-too-sweet, alcoholic punch recipe to serve at an upcoming party. Caveat: must be some shade of pink. [more inside]
posted by turniphead on Mar 29, 2015 - 23 answers

Sexual assault in a "con" community - what now?

I went to a fan convention last week, and was groped at a bar, by someone other than my partner. I filed a police report that night, but am wondering if there's anything else I should be doing to get help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2015 - 29 answers

Can very small children drench their noodles in soy sauce?

I have a three-and-a-half-year-old that thinks noodles are the condiment, and ultra-strong soy sauce the main dish. We give her something like a tablespoon full or two of it with her noodles. The thing is, soy sauce is alcoholic. [more inside]
posted by ianso on Mar 12, 2015 - 25 answers

Overly sweet medicine wine

My beloved friend showed up last night with a bottle of shitty homemade wine. Oh wow, this stuff tastes like medicine. I've successfully brewed champagne cider jack with him in the past, he's not dangerous so much as clueless at times, but this shit is like berry flavored ass medicine. Any vintners out there who can tell me if there is any way to go beside dumping the lot into the sink? [more inside]
posted by lakersfan1222 on Mar 10, 2015 - 16 answers

What to drink?

My friends and I would like a drink we haven't tried (i.e. not a screwdriver or other widely consumed drink). We're none of us big drinkers so we each contributed stuff that's been hanging around in a cupboard unused. Here's a list of what we gathered: [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on Feb 7, 2015 - 20 answers

Please take my whisky!

I have a couple of unopened bottles of whisky that I don't want. No one I have asked wants them. Normally I use Craigslist to give away stuff I don't want anymore, but listing alcohol is against the TOS for both Craigslist and Freecycle. I have also heard that food banks don't accept alcohol. I hate throwing away perfectly good stuff. Does anyone know of somewhere I can donate them, or any other way to legally find them a good home?
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Jan 27, 2015 - 33 answers

How can I find a commercial beer similar to a local favorite.

I recently tasted a beer that is brewed locally and I really enjoyed it. How can I determine which commercial beer would taste the most similar? I won't always be in this region and have access to this brewery. I'm not typically a "beer" person and don't really have tons of knowledge on beer and their flavors, but I enjoy this one and a Guinness occasionally. Thank you in advance.
posted by Doubleosix on Jan 17, 2015 - 18 answers

How to deal with a friendship gone sour...

A buddy of mine I've been wanting a closer friendship with got very drunk and offered to help solve my high libido problem. I didn't do anything with him then, because, um, hello, informed consent, but I texted him the next day to signal that everything was cool and I was receptive. He, and I should have seen this coming, was blacked out, remembers nothing, and is not interested. I feel humiliated. What comes next? [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Jan 16, 2015 - 28 answers

I drank too much and made my boyfriend "furious."

I don't remember what I did. How can I defuse the situation? [more inside]
posted by pumpkinseed on Jan 10, 2015 - 24 answers

How should I reward myself?

I work a late shift at my job, which usually gets me home around midnight or later and in bed by 3 a.m. or later after I manage to relax. What's an alternative to pouring a drink and sitting by myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2015 - 24 answers

Ativan and booze

24 hours ago, I took 1 mg of lorazepam to fly. Can I safely have 1 or 2 drinks to ring in the new year? The Internet says 12-hour half life, but I want to be cautious...
posted by c'mon sea legs on Dec 31, 2014 - 7 answers

Giving up drinking for the new year

For the new year, I'm going to give up drinking for a while. I need some encouragement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2014 - 30 answers

Punch Recipes, Please!

We're throwing a small holiday party for some friends, and we've promised to have at least two kinds of punch -- one with booze, and one without. But we always make the same sorts of punch over and over again, and I'd love some ideas! [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Dec 22, 2014 - 18 answers

Not loud place near SF Ferry Building to share a drink on first date?

Hi! I have a date planned near the Ferry Building and would like to get a drink somewhere not too loud. I went to Local Edition a month ago and found we had to YELL above the chatter of the bar. I would like to avoid that again. Where would you recommend?
posted by yaymukund on Dec 20, 2014 - 13 answers

Making choices about whether to drink alcohol when at home or not

My 58 year old husband who is soon to retire from a CEO job(ie high stress) loves alcohol and drinks each night. When we are at home, he offers it to me. I have a love/hate relationship with it and seem to get pulled into drinking with him and then regret it when I get sleepy during a movie or feel somewhat impaired reading a book. [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity on Dec 16, 2014 - 31 answers

Please help me decide if I should move back to NYC from SF

Can't decide if I should move back to NYC from SF. Please help me find some new ways to think about the problem. [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher on Dec 4, 2014 - 27 answers

Stopped drinking - when does sleep return to normal?

For 15+ years I've been a daily drinker. I quit several days ago, and my sleep has been horrendous. When, if ever, does it return to normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Best pro-tips for managing a five day drink-a-thon

I'm home for the holidays and seeing many friends after years apart. I have five days, each consisting of brunch, lunch and dinner with others, and am looking forward to unimaginable quantities of free alcohol. I am a seasoned (pickled?) drinker that does not normally get hangovers but never have I been on such a social whirlwind with so many opportunities to celebrate. Does anyone have advice for overcoming the potential weaknesses of the flesh to rise to this challenge? Or, how to pace myself when offered so much free deliciousness? Details below [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on Nov 24, 2014 - 24 answers

What high-end alcohol is worth every penny?

I recently tried some decent single malt scotch for the first time, and was blown away by how much more complex and smooth it was compared to cheaper whiskies I had tried before. What other alcohol is worth spending extra money to get The Good Stuff?
posted by torisaur on Nov 23, 2014 - 53 answers

What hard cider were we served?

Trying to identify the dark, sweet hard cider we had with dinner. Bar led us down the wrong path. [more inside]
posted by xedrik on Nov 17, 2014 - 13 answers

I can't drink you under the table. The table's already floating away...

I'm a super lightweight (even if I've eaten) who sometimes goes out drinking with new colleagues, in small groups, often as the only female in the group. I'm a happy melty drunk who gets dreamy and quiet rather than more social -- not the worst of all possibilities, but clearly not right for these important professional contexts. Any strategies for always being the non-drinker or less-than-one-drink-er in occasionally competitive and/or macho drinking cultures?
posted by kalapierson on Nov 13, 2014 - 25 answers

half finished whiskey bottle in the trunk

I am driving from Toronto to Philadelphia later this week for my brothers wedding. I have an opened bottle whiskey that I'd like to bring in the trunk of the car-- it's a bottle of great emotional significance and a family tradition. I know that in the US the open bottle is fine as long as it's in the trunk, but what about Ontario? also, where can I see these laws online?
posted by atetrachordofthree on Nov 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Could I be allergic to alcohol?

I had 4 drinks on halloween night - over the course of 4 hours - which resulted in ten hours of serious vomiting the next day. This is not the first time this has happened. Why can't my body tolerate alcohol? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Nov 6, 2014 - 33 answers

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