For the past two weeks I've been consuming large amounts of alcohol (mostly beer and wine, but also soju). After I first started drinking, I noticed a bump in a blood vessel in my right forearm. These bumps have now appeared along the rest of my forearm (that same vein). They feel like bruises. I'm pretty sure something is getting clogged up in there. I can stop drinking, but what can I do to get my blood flowing normally again? [more inside]
As we approach fall and winter, I'd like to experiment with warm or hot alcoholic drinks, and not being a fan of cloves, mulled wine is out of the picture. Any suggestions?
Help a college student re-learn how to drink. [more inside]
Stomach/GI problems for the past two weeks, now mostly gone except for persistent heartburn. What alcoholic beverage will cause me the least pain? [more inside]
Tell me about animals that get drunk. [more inside]
Recommendations for Chicago psychiatrist in the Loop for alcohol addiction and depression therapy, please. [more inside]
Binge Drinking or Alcoholic? [more inside]
I'd like your advice about drinking alcohol - or abstaining from drinking - and dealing with my emotions and seasonal affective disorder. [more inside]
My boyfriend is about to face a court date next week for a furnishing alcohol to a minor charge.... he would gladfully face punishment for this crime, however, he didn't furnish alcohol to a minor. The prosecutor wants him to accept the plea agreement and not waste anyone's time. My boyfriend just doesn't want it on his record. Any ideas? [more inside]
What books can you recommend on the cultural history of alcohol in America? [more inside]
Should I bring this up or let it go? I have been hanging out with a neighbor that I have known for about a month. Twice in an offhanded way, he has mentioned his alcohol consumption to me. [more inside]
I'm trying to understand more about binge drinking. Someone I love has a problem, but because they don't drink every day and because their friends have worse problems with drinking/drugs, they don't see it as an issue. [more inside]
Help me replace my evening drink with something similar, but not. I very much enjoy dark beer and red wine, but I'm looking for options that aren't alcohol. Something sip-able. [more inside]
I'd like to halt my unhealthy (for me) pot and alcohol habit without completely swearing off either substance. Is this do-able? Are there books or Portland, Ore., groups that can help me with this? How can I stick with this plan when all of the people I'm closest too are daily users of one substance or the other? [more inside]
I am getting married in two weeks in the Prospect Park Picnic House in Brooklyn. My fiancee and I are providing the alcohol (two types of beer, a red wine and a white wine and a glass of champagne for a champagne toast). Does anyone have good recommendations for a local business that we can buy in bulk from and have them deliver the alcohol to the Picnic House on the day of the wedding? [more inside]
I like a whisky nightcap from time to time. Does it make sense to take a calcium / magnesium carbonate-type antacid (Rennies, Tums, Rolaids) at bedtime to neutralise the impact the whisky might have on the GI tract, even though I have no symptoms of heartburn or indigestion? I would sort of think it might make no difference at all - that these are sometimes even recommended as a dietary supplement - but I am aware that alcohol is a risk factor in upper GI cancers and I wonder if it might be a useful preventative.
Any suggestion on books for becoming a better Scotch drinker? [more inside]
Recommendations for a inpatient drug/alcohol rehab (hopefully on the east coast) with complications. [more inside]
How do I best deal with my negative feelings toward my friends, which are somewhat founded in concern but may also be overly severe? [more inside]
I'm looking for references - fictional and non-fictional - where someone becomes more psychic when drunk. Not high. Not drugged. Drunk. [more inside]
Should I quit beer and switch entirely to whiskey? For health reasons? [more inside]
I like Japanese beer. What other beer commonly found in American bars will I also like? [more inside]
How do I overcome feelings of guilt and shame about needing therapy in order to get help? [more inside]
DIY Liqueur: Cointreau. I've finally run through the bottle left by a fellow MeFite. How do I make a rough approximation? I've searched around a little, and the "recipes" all involve stringing and hanging oranges. Why that technique? [more inside]
Can I eat it? - booze edition! [more inside]
What are your favorite cocktails with fresh herbs? [more inside]
As the antithesis of this post, can you recommend a special something that will help me relax & enjoy myself on special occasions? [more inside]
I'm planning a 'cupcakes and cocktails' party next weekend, and I could use some assistance in figuring out what drinks to have on hand that won't clash horribly with what I'm serving. [more inside]
Cocktail ideas for home-infused vodkas: Strawberry, cantaloupe, vanilla-caramel, chai tea, tea with lemon and honey, bacon. [more inside]
What are my opinions for dealing with my alcoholic parents while they spend the week with us? [more inside]
I've been cooking in the backcountry for years with a pepsi-can stove (it simply provides an aerated vessel in which to ignite 75% - 99% isopropyl alcohol which you pour into it)...now recently I've noticed a distinctive, not exactly pleasant smell at the very end, when the fuel finally runs out and the flame extinguishes itself...perhaps a residual vapor is released at that point (I'm usually done cooking). SO, my question is, are dangerous gases perhaps being released? I'm wary of course of getting aluminum in my bloodstream and catching Alzheimer's, but any other dangers I should know about?
Ok I admit it, I’m a cheap drunk, a lightweight. One beer, one glass of wine, and I’m feeling good. Any more than that, even another half a beer or half a glass of wine, and I’m starting to get buzzed. So I’ve always been very careful with my drinking. I’ve never been stopped for suspected DUI, and don’t plan to be. That said, I’m curious about whether my blood alcohol level actually increases more quickly than most people, or do I just feel the effects of the alcohol more quickly without my blood alcohol level rising very much. IOW, over a period of an hour, you drink two beers, you’re not drunk, and your blood alcohol level is below the legal limit. I drink two beers in an hour, I’m pretty buzzed, enough that I would not drive. Is my blood alcohol level probably over the legal limit? If it matters, I’m a fairly normal-sized adult female, 5’5”, 120 lbs.
I am attempting to curb my alcoholism, and I'm wondering if taking Naltrexone might be a good aid. [more inside]
Does being drunk have any proven positive effects?
I would like to import a small barrel of bourbon for my husband's birthday. I am in Australia, happy to pay freight, excise and associated taxes but I need to find the bourbon first. Help? [more inside]
I have trouble ingesting small amounts of alcohol (a few shots), what can I do to make my stomach cooperate so that I can drink the odd time when I go out with friends? [more inside]
Is our bottle of Kahlua still good? We opened it four years ago (on St. Patrick's Day, actually) and promptly forgot about it. It's sat on a high shelf at a fairly constant temperature. It's about 80 percent full. It still smells OK. Wasn't going to taste it without input from the hive.
I have several good reasons to be happy for the first time in a long while. I am happy. Why do I want to get drunk now? [more inside]
My cousin is a lifelong alcoholic. Other than staying with friends, he is homeless. He has limited contact with the family and every attempt at sobriety has failed. He has a long history of arrests and jail time, all of which involve alcohol and alcohol-related offenses (shoplifting, public drinking and intoxication, et cetera). I need to find a wet house in either the Los Angeles or Phoenix area. No recommendations for AA or sobriety programs, please. It has been tried and he does not want that help.
YANML: I'm 25 years and 30 days old. I'm at a bar crawl in Pittsburgh. I just got denied entry to a bar on Carson St because my Ohio license is expired by 30 days. What is the Pennsylvania law for a bar regarding alcohol service for a 25 year old with an expired ID? I.E. how can I avoid getting blocked for the rest of the evening? Things to consider: Grace period for expired license, possessing multiple credit cards in my name (to verify identity) and obviously over the age of 21 based on physical appearance.
Thinking about quitting drinking, but I'm nowhere near bottomed out. Are there resources for people who find it hard to quit moderate drinking? [more inside]
I want to stop using alcohol to mediate situational social anxiety. [more inside]
What great small batch, artisinal liqours are available in Pennsylvania? [more inside]
Little rock-like addition to whiskey - what was it? [more inside]
Looking for good bars in Sacramento who focus in quality beer. [more inside]
Where can I find the best gin and tonic in downtown Toronto? [more inside]
Can I stop my newly-single friend from self-destructing? [more inside]
My alcoholic parent is causing me stress and keeping me from living my life as well as focusing on my college work... What should I do? [more inside]
As a hobby, my friends and I create alcoholic-infused cupcakes inspired by cocktails and shots. Friends, family members and relative strangers have been egging us on to start selling them. We've been reluctant to do so, for all the obvious reasons, but now we're considering a very, very small-scale word-of-mouth/online ordering business. What do we need to know in order to avoid getting sued, fined, or going bankrupt? [more inside]
What can I do this old apple cider? I found a 30 year old jug in my inlaw's basement. It's funky and drinkable! What can I do to kick it up a notch? [more inside]