It’s True: Alcohol Actually Makes Pain Go Away

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That includes emotional pain, the relief of which, for many of us, is worth even more. Now, it’s just up to you to decide if it’s worth the hangover.

Munchies reports that recent research from the Journal of Pain suggests that alcohol could be as effective managing your pain as actual medication! The study compared the blood alcohol content of 18 participants as it compares to their pain levels. Those with a 0.08 BAC had a much higher pain threshold than those who had a lower BAC.

The general consensus is that 0.08 BAC is equal to about three to four drinks, which means having three to four drinks is likely to increase your pain tolerance dramatically.

These findings don’t, however, mean that we should be remedying all sorts of pain with alcohol, since the amount needed to dull the effects of pain is enough to cause harm to the rest of our bodies.

It’s OK (at least, I think it’s OK) to savor the effects from time to time. It never hurts to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Sometimes it’s telling you it wants another glass of wine. Just proceed with caution, keeping in mind that another glass might not be the best thing for the rest of your organs. You know that thing they say, enjoy responsibly.

Also, researchers say, “Strongest analgesia occurs for alcohol levels exceeding World Health Organization guidelines for low-risk drinking and suggests raising awareness of alternative, less harmful pain interventions to vulnerable patients may be beneficial.” This further explains, they concluded, why alcohol misuse is seen in higher quantities among those in “persistent pain.”

Take this knowledge and do what you will with it. Maybe it just makes you feel better to know for certain what you already knew from experience. Going through a breakup? Grab that pint of Ben & Jerry’s that you were going for anyway, and grab a bottle of wine while you’re at it. Don’t forget the chick flick, or revenge film. Whatever’s your style.

Source: Munchies / Photo Credit: Pexels/Pixabay

Tags: alcohol, alcoholic beverages, Booze, Painkillers
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Starbucks Has Decided To Stop Selling Booze

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So … did you know that Starbucks serves booze sometimes as part of its Evenings program?

If your answer is no, join the club — apparently nobody really knew or cared that the popular coffee chain offered this service at more than 400 participating locations nationwide, because after first testing the program in 2010, Starbucks announced it will no longer run any Evenings programs as of Jan. 10, 2017.

The chain had initially planned to expand its Evenings program to at least a quarter of its U.S. stores by the end of the decade, according to the Seattle Times, but clearly the program did not do well enough to keep it around.

Instead of focusing on adult-only beverages, the coffee chain is refocusing its attention on lunchtime offerings, which means customers can anticipate a new slew of fresh and nutritious lunchtime foods to begin launching. Think organic soups, more portable and yummy salads and sandwiches, as well as an expanded selection of those bistro boxes. 

“Our next big opportunity around food is in the lunch daypart,” Kevin Johnson, Starbucks’ president and chief operating officer, who will take over from Howard Schultz as CEO in April 2017, told the Seattle Times.

If you’re upset that you missed the opportunity to drink away the night at Starbucks, or if you’re just interested in trying it out now that it’s gone, Starbucks is still planning on integrating beer, wine and spirits into its new high-end Roasteries and Reserve stores. These super-expansive Starbucks locations offer fancy and expensive small-lot Reserve coffee beans that are roasted on site.

For now, the company is planning on opening at least 20 Roasteries world-wide, and six by the end of 2019, so hopefully one of those locations is near you, or you’re willing to travel to get your boozy Starbucks fix.

Sources: Seattle Times / Photo Credit: Starbucks/Instagram

Tags: Booze, coffee chain, evenings program, roasterie, Starbucks
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Would You Cut Off Your ‘Man Bun’ For Free Booze?

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Brooklyn bar Boobie Trap is offering a special for men with “man buns” to come in and cut them off in exchange for a free bottle of booze. Would you do it?

First of all, the bar is known for being purposely offensive, so it’s obviously not worried about hurting your feelings. Boobie Trap co-owner Kristen North told Brokelyn that she’s simply tired of all of the man buns she sees around the area. Although she says she doesn’t feel particularly strong about man buns one way or the other, I’d argue that you must have at least a somewhat poor opinion of them if you’re willing to exchange free booze for them. She says that if anyone would take her up on the offer, “We’d film the amputation and pin the bun up on the wall.”

Poor man bun wearers. Always getting a bad rap. What’s so wrong with longer hair on a man? Sometimes it works perfectly with his features. But hey, it is a free bottle.

In order to learn some of what the man bun population feels about this Boobie Trap deal, Munchies decided to interview a few of them. The general consensus was that most of the men would not chop off their hair for “a free drink.” I think somehow the message was lost along the way, because Boobie Trap is offering a free bottle. One man said a free beer wouldn’t be enough, but he’d “do it for free drinks all night.”

Another man bun wearer said he’d do it for family, but not for a bar. That’s a valid point. Maybe if some of these guys went into the bar and got drunk enough, they’d do it on the spot. I could see it happening.

One of the interviewees said that he cut his bun off when he realized it didn’t look good on him, and that he did it for no prize at all. At least if you decide you want a haircut, you can do it there, get a free bottle of booze, and your man bun will live forever on the wall as a memory. It’s a win-win-win.

Sources: Brokelyn, Munchies / Photo Credit: Munchies, Boobie Trap Facebook via Brokelyn

Tags: bars, Boobie Trap, Booze, drinking, Man Buns
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Boozy Ice Cream Is Here And It Looks Delicious

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Tipsy Scoop has debuted an ice cream like no other. And by “like no other,” I mean a delicious-looking alcoholic ice cream.

Other brands have tried the alcoholic ice cream route before, but they never quite lived up to the hype like Tipsy Scoop is doing, mainly because the ice cream hasn’t tasted all that great. Elite Daily, however, is singing a different tune, and judging by the social media hype, it looks like they’re right.

Just look at that flavor assortment, based on all of your most favorite cocktails!

Show Mom how much you love her! #tipsyscoop #mom #boozyicecream #mothersday

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On top of that, each serving of ice cream contains the same amount of alcohol as one light beer. So, if you’re like me, you will have to train yourself to stop eating ice cream by the pint!

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With so many awesome things available only in faraway places, I’m happy to announce that these beauties are for sale in the United States, according to Metro News, who seems to be a little bummed. Sorry, UK!

As for me, well, I cannot wait to try Maple Bacon Bourbon.

Sources: Elite Daily, Metro News / Photo credit: Tipsy Scoop/Instagram

Tags: Booze, ice cream, Tipsy Scoop
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Booze Your Way To A Better Bod With Alcoholic Seltzer, Your New Favorite Drink

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Fitness boozers, your world is about to be turned upside-down: There’s a new alcoholic beverage on the market, and it’s here to help you maintain your abs while still enjoying the sloppy effects of booze.

Welcome to the team, flavored alcoholic seltzer. We’re glad to have you.

According to Bloomberg, this new boozy innovation is the product of fitness culture’s recent rise; while food businesses have upped their game to cater to more health-driven clientele, so far alcoholic companies have steered clear of the craze.

Spiked Seltzer is hoping to bridge that gap, selling fizzy, alcohol-infused drinks that can boast about half the calories of standard cocktails, and better-for-you ingredients such as cane sugar and “natural” flavoring agents.

“People are concerned about gluten, they’re concerned about sugar,” says CrossFitter Casey O’Neill, who concocted the fizzy libation that inspired the Truly Spiked & Sparkling line, according to Bloomberg.

Now, MillerCoors is slated to release two healthy-sounding alcoholic drinks: Easy Tea, which the company describes as a “refined, brisk and less sweet iced tea,” and Zumbida Mango, a fermented, fruity drink which sounds perfect for the Kombucha-chuggers among us.

Meanwhile, Smirnoff is gearing up to push its own Spiked Sparkling Seltzer, in addition to a new hard soda brand.

“The idea of what [people] are putting into their bodies is more prominent in consumers’ minds today,” said James Thompson, Diageo North America’s chief marketing and innovation officer. “It’s natural that spirits will follow.”

A Harris Poll commissioned by Boston Beer demonstrated that companies targeting consumers on the hunt for healthier drinks are on the right track: Forty-seven percent of Americans of legal drinking age believe that there aren’t enough low-calorie alcoholic beverage options.

“Alcohol isn’t good for you unless it’s in moderation,” Dave Holmes, co-founder of Boathouse Beverage, concluded to Bloomberg. “The desire is to have something that’s both transparent and healthier.”

Let’s face it: Nobody really wants to be swilling Coors Light as their main option — perhaps this new craze will result in some tasty options you can enjoy (without having to worry about the bloat later).

Source: Bloomberg / Photo credit: SpikedSeltzer/Facebook

Tags: alcohol, Booze, fitness, health, spiked seltzer
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Chipotle Is Now Giving Away Free Booze To Lure Back Customers

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In a bid to woo its customers back after a string of foodborne-illness outbreaks in 2015, Chipotle has decided a new tactic is in order: getting its patrons drunk.

The fast-casual chain is now offering discounted or free alcoholic beverages as part of a new “Happy Four Hours” promotion, reports CNBC. The promo includes 2-for-1 and half-price deals on alcoholic drinks from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through September.

Did you even know that Chipotle served alcoholic beverages, like margaritas and beer? No? Well, that’s probably because it sort of doesn’t. The deals are only valid at around 300 of Chipotle’s booze-serving locations in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Chicago, according to the company’s happy hour website.

“We know that [limited-service] restaurants do well at breakfast and lunch, but dinner tends to be more of a place for full-service restaurants to succeed,” Darren Tristano, president of Technomic, told CNBC. “With the younger generation, who is looking for affordable beverages, limited-service can be that place.”

“If this promotion proves to be a success, we see the potential for it to be offered in other parts of the U.S. and perhaps throughout more of the year,” added Mark Kalinowksi, an analyst for Nomura.

Admittedly, half-price or buy-one-get-one margaritas sounds like a blissful pairing with Chipotle’s standard fare — but will it be enough to restore the embattled fast-casual burrito chain to its former glory?

“Unfortunately, I think only time is going to help them with the sales hole,” Tristano concluded. “I think consumers are very forgiving, but it’s going to take more time.”

Sources: Chipotle, CNBC / Photo credit: Miosotis Jade/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: Booze, Chipotle, happy hour, promotion
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Want A Happy Marriage? Then Consider Getting Drunk Together, Says Science

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The next time you catch yourself throwing your partner shade for having a nightcap, consider pouring a glass for yourself instead — after all, it may just be the key to a healthier relationship.

According to a study published in the Journals of Gerontology B: Psychology Sciences, couples who are over the age of 50 reported better unions when both partners drank or both abstained from alcohol. In fact, disparity was demonstrated to arise more when one partner indulged while the other obtained — particularly if the boozer was the woman (in heterosexual partnerships).

The researchers surveyed nearly 3,000 couples that had been married, on average, for 33 years.

The couples were polled on their drinking habits — what a typical number of drinks per week looked like, versus how many drinks they might knock back if going on a bender — and then asked to report on their feelings toward their partner: did they find them irritating? Demanding? Overly critical?

Overall, the study demonstrated that couples who drank/abstained on the same occasions reported higher levels of happiness and ability to maintain a healthy relationship than those whose drinking patterns didn’t match up.

Interestingly, with problems-drinkers aside (those are a “whole different kettle of fish,” Dr. Fred Blow of the University of Michigan told Reuters Health), the amount of alcohol consumed affected the results less than whether or not both partners were drinking at all. Therefore, couples need not worry about keeping pace — as long as both partners are knocking back at least one together, that’s apparently enough to raise levels of satisfaction.

“We’re not suggesting that people should drink more or change the way they drink,” study author Kira Birditt of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor told Reuters Health.

“We’re not sure why this is happening but it could be that couples that do more leisure time activities together have better marital quality.”

So next time you’re feeling tense and want to make things right, drink up, offer your SO a glass, and never, ever, let anybody tell you you don’t care.

Sources: The Journals of Gerontology B: Psychology Sciences, Reuters Health / Photo credit: New York Post

Tags: alcohol, Booze, relationships
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Check Out This Boozy New Ice Cream Truck For Adults

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Ever since the launch of the new Pokemon Go game, a good chunk of the nation has been busy roaming the streets in the hopes of bolstering their pokedex numbers — I myself just caught a pikachu, and my self-esteem has never been higher.

However, while Americans seem pretty content searching for pokemon alone, our friends across the pond have just been gifted an additional rare treasure to hunt for — but you have to be of age to do it.

As of July 6, the Warner Leisure Hotel group’s very own adult-only Ice Cream Bar has launched. Touted on the hotel’s Facebook page as “the first ice cream van where you need ID to be served”, the bar-on-wheels serves up a range of boozy, frozen options for grown-ups.

Oh, yeah — and it’s completely free.

Per Metro, here’s the truck’s menu:

“The van has already visited four hotels and people have been queuing up to try the adult friendly flavors,” Mat Finch, the Marketing Director at Warner Leisure Hotels, told ATV Today. “Our guests were giddy with delight trying all of the different ice creams … you may think Jager is a ‘young’ drink, but our Bombes were devoured within minutes! We can’t wait to visit the rest of the hotels and give the country a gloriously grown up summer.”

To track the Ice Cream Bar’s whereabouts, adults can check out the Warner Leisure Hotels Facebook and Twitter pages, which will be updating the truck’s stops each morning using the hashtag #GrownUpIceCream.

Sources: Warner Leisure Hotels/Facebook, ATV Today, Metro / Photo Credit: Warner Leisure Hotels/Facebook

Tags: Booze, ice cream, warner leisure hotels
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Rose Wine Gummies Are A Thing, But Good Luck Getting Your Hands On Them

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While I’m still reeling over the machine that turns booze into edible bubbles, the rest of New York City has already moved on to the next inebriating treat: rose wine-infused gummy bears.

Apparently, a new high-end candy boutique Sugarfina opened its doors on June 29 in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and it boasts a sweeping array of cute, wine- and cocktail-inspired gummy candies.

Sound delicious? Unfortunately, if your answer is “yes,” you can get in line: Sugarfina’s line of “candy for grownups” already has a waitlist of 400+ people who want to taste the store’s two Whispering Angel Rose-infused options.

The two sold-out varieties are the “Rose All Day” gummy bear version, and the “Yes Way Rose” rose-shaped gummy. According to the Sugarfina website, both products sold out in less than 2 hours.

“Sugarfina candies are unlike anything sold anywhere else — 75 percent of our collection is exclusive to Sugarfina and can’t be found anywhere else in the U.S.,” co-owner Rosie O’Neill told DNA Info.

The boutique was already known for its champagne gummy bears, and sells its products by the cube. The luxurious gummies retail at $8.50 a cube (3.9 ounces), or about $34 a pound, if you want to stock up.

Luckily, after selling out of the first run so quickly, Sugarfina’s next batch will have five times as much as the first run did; if you’d like to add your name to the waiting list, be sure to e-mail roseallday@sugarfina.com.

Sources: DNA Info, Sugarfina / Photo credits: Sugarfina/Instagram (2) (3) (4)

Tags: Booze, candy, gummies, New York, rose flavored gummies, sugarfina
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This Blessed Elixir Turns Your Booze Into ‘Edible Bubbles’

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“I’m forever eating bubbles, tasty bubbles in the air.”

Forget smuggling a flask into the next tedious event you find yourself forced to attend, because months of research and development have yielded “Bubble Lick Edible Bubbles” — a concoction that will transform your booze (or any other thin liquid) into “tasty edible bubbles.”

According to the product description, this truly #blessed innovation was conceived by two children who asked their father: “why can’t bubbles be lickable and made from any liquid?”

And voila! The safe, non-toxic bubble mixture was born.

The elixir comes in a 6-pack of bottles for just under $20; each bottle contains 25 ml of bubble solution with additional space to add your beverage of choice — be it water, lemonade, cold-press coffee, or even gin (although the manufacturer encourages you to skip on thick liquids like milk).

Next, screw the lid back on, gently rock your boozy-bubble bottle, and boom: instant “bubbly deliciousness, ready to be blown all over the place with the included wands.”

Will you be picking up your own portable bubble-brewery any time soon?

Source: Bubble Lick Edible Bubbles / Photo credit: Bubble Lick Edible Bubbles

Tags: alcohol, Booze, Bubbles, edible bubbles
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College Students Rejoice: Taco Bell Is Bringing Boozy Slushies To Austin

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Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, your favorite Mexican fast food chain is attempting to open its third Taco Bell Cantina restaurant — this time, at the University of Texas, Austin. While the Cantina has yet to be approved for a liquor license, it hopes to serve alcoholic slushies and beer to patrons of the future establishment.

There are currently two other Taco Bell Cantinas operating in Chicago and San Francisco, but the Bay Area location has faced community backlash against its plans to sell alcoholic beverages. A similar debate is unfolding in Austin, where local business appear wary of Cantina.

While the Catholic Church, which owns the building in which Taco Bell plans to build its new restaurant, has expressed support for the venture, community backlash is expected at the May 5 public hearing on the chain’s liquor license. Regardless of the hearing’s outcome, however, one thing’s for sure—there will never be a shortage of margaritas or tacos in Austin.

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Source: Eater, KXAN / Photo credit: Eater

Tags: alcohol, Austin, Booze, Slushies, taco bell
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