Alcohol http://kplu.org en Designated Drivers Often Fail To Abstain From Drinking http://kplu.org/post/designated-drivers-often-fail-abstain-drinking We might need to change the definition of a designated driver from noble abstainer to something along the lines of not as drunk as you.<p>The idea of having one person in a group agree not to drink so that everyone else can get home safely after a night of alcohol-fueled fun has been promoted as a way to reduce the dangers of drunken driving, especially among teenagers and young adults.<p>But when researchers put the idea to the test, the results weren't all that reassuring. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:48:33 +0000 9030 at http://kplu.org Designated Drivers Often Fail To Abstain From Drinking Four Loko Cans Will Now Make Clear They're Loaded With Alcohol http://kplu.org/post/four-loko-will-now-make-clear-theyre-loaded-alcohol Cans of the popular flavored malt beverage Four Loko will soon sport an "Alcohol Facts" label to make it plain they pack a potent punch.<p>The changes are part of a final settlement <a href="http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/02/fourloko.shtm">announced</a> Tuesday between the Federal Trade Commission and Phusion Projects, whose products have been blamed for <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/11/11/131239395/states-move-to-ban-four-loko-and-other-caffeinated-alcoholic-beverages">hospitalizations and deaths</a> among young people.<p>The company <a href="http://www.phusionprojects.com/mediar Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:46:18 +0000 7788 at http://kplu.org Four Loko Cans Will Now Make Clear They're Loaded With Alcohol Mixing alcohol with diet soda may make you drunker http://kplu.org/post/mixing-alcohol-diet-soda-may-make-you-drunker Looking to cut back on the calories in your cocktail by mixing, say, diet soda and rum? Wed, 06 Feb 2013 03:31:13 +0000 7741 at http://kplu.org Mixing alcohol with diet soda may make you drunker Don't Waste That Christmas Tree: Turn It Into Spruce Beer http://kplu.org/post/dont-waste-christmas-tree-turn-it-spruce-beer The holidays are finally wrapping up. So after you repack the twinkly lights, and the tinsel goes into the trash, what should you do with that once beautiful spruce standing in your living room? Why not drink it?<p>Well, not exactly as is. The needles, shoots, light-green tips and inner bark of the popular conifer have been used for centuries to brew forest-scented tea, soft drinks and beer. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 19:34:54 +0000 7492 at http://kplu.org Don't Waste That Christmas Tree: Turn It Into Spruce Beer Cheap bubbly, or expensive wine? Look to the bubbles for clues http://kplu.org/post/cheap-bubbly-or-expensive-wine-look-bubbles-clues There's nothing like the distinctive "pop" of the uncorking of a bottle of bubbly to create a sense of celebration. Whether it's Dom Perignon or a $10 sparkling wine, bubbles add pizazz.<p>Sparkling-wine lovers sometimes point to the glittering streams of tiny bubbles as an important attribute. Why? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:22:39 +0000 7469 at http://kplu.org Cheap bubbly, or expensive wine? Look to the bubbles for clues Elixirs Made To Fight Malaria Still Shine On The Modern Bar http://kplu.org/post/elixirs-made-fight-malaria-still-shine-modern-bar This week, our colleagues over at the Shots blog have been talking a lot about malaria. And, here at The Salt, that got us thinking about one thing: gin and tonics.<p>As you probably know, tonic is simply carbonated water mixed with quinine, a bitter compound that just happens to cure a malaria infection, albeit not so well.<p>Turns out, gin and tonics aren't the only drinks with ties to the feverish disease. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:42:52 +0000 7433 at http://kplu.org Elixirs Made To Fight Malaria Still Shine On The Modern Bar A Sign From Above? Needing New Roof, Monks Sell Rare Beer In U.S. http://kplu.org/post/sign-above-needing-new-roof-monks-sell-rare-beer-us The 12th day of the 12th month of 2012 is not a day of deliverance but of delivery for devout American fans of Westvleteren 12, brewed by the reclusive Belgian monks at <a href="http://www.sintsixtus.be/eng/home.htm">St. Sixtus Abbey</a>.<p>The celebrated beer — often called the best in the world — is usually only available for sale at the abbey, located in the Belgian countryside. But starting Wednesday, buyers in the U.S. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:53:03 +0000 7345 at http://kplu.org A Sign From Above? Needing New Roof, Monks Sell Rare Beer In U.S. World's Most Expensive Whisky? It's Not The One We Toasted http://kplu.org/post/worlds-most-expensive-whiskey On Sunday, <em>Weekend All Things Considered</em> aired an interview with Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:49:12 +0000 Mark Memmott 7329 at http://kplu.org World's Most Expensive Whisky? It's Not The One We Toasted Is that bacon in your cocktail? http://kplu.org/post/bacon-your-cocktail The practice of imparting the flavor of something heavy into a lighter liquid is centuries old. Ancient Indian healers did it with botanicals; early Christian monks did it <a href="http://travel.nytimes.com/2006/06/25/fashion/25shake.html?_r=0">with bitters</a>. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 23:07:22 +0000 6774 at http://kplu.org Is that bacon in your cocktail? Despite vote, not everyone happy with shuttering state liquor stores http://kplu.org/post/despite-vote-not-everyone-happy-shuttering-state-liquor-stores <p>Now that voters have kicked the state out of the liquor store business, some people are looking forward to changes in how they buy booze. Others, though, say the decision is not cause for celebration.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 02:45:04 +0000 Charla Bear 3164 at http://kplu.org Despite vote, not everyone happy with shuttering state liquor stores Parents drinking with teens could make matters worse http://kplu.org/post/parents-drinking-teens-could-make-matters-worse <p>Maybe you had your first sip of wine or beer at home, with your parents. Or maybe it was with friends, in shadowy circumstances. Either way, did it matter in the long run?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The latest research suggests parents drinking with their teens leads to problems. Teenagers are more likely to abuse alcohol and hurt themselves if their parents introduce them to alcohol than if parents have a zero-tolerance policy at home.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 May 2011 12:59:54 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1293 at http://kplu.org Parents drinking with teens could make matters worse Despite initiative defeat, Costco still pushing liquor privatization http://kplu.org/post/despite-initiative-defeat-costco-still-pushing-liquor-privatization <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-952969.mp3</p><p>Voters defeated not one, but two liquor privatization measures last fall -- one of them sponsored by Costco. But a key lawmaker says that&#39;s not stopping the Issaquah warehouse chain from continuing to push the issue in Olympia.</p><p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:10:06 +0000 Austin Jenkins 818 at http://kplu.org Despite initiative defeat, Costco still pushing liquor privatization Washington Bans Alcohol Energy Drinks http://kplu.org/post/washington-bans-alcohol-energy-drinks <p>Washington state is banning alcoholic energy drinks. The state Liquor Control Board adopted the new rule this morning. The ban takes effect next week, on November 18th.</p><p>It comes after nine Central Washington University students were hospitalized after a party last month. Authorities say they drank the caffeinated malt liquor beverage Four Loko.</p> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:05:28 +0000 Gary Davis 118 at http://kplu.org Washington Bans Alcohol Energy Drinks