Alcohol

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World's Oldest Wine Cellar Fueled Palatial Parties
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August 27th, 2014
An archaeological excavation at a Bronze Age palace in modern-day Israel revealed an astonishingly intact ancient wine cellar. A chemical analysis of residue from the jars showed that the wine had traces of pine resin, honey, mint and juniper.
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Americans' Favorite Adult Beverage Is …
July 24th, 2014
A new Gallup poll found that beer is the most popular alcohol in the United States, though more women still prefer a glass of wine over a pint.
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Cancer-Fighting Diet: 6 Tips to Reduce Your Risk
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June 30th, 2014
Here are six science-supported tips for eating healthy to reduce your risk of cancer.
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Hangovers Are About Half Genetic
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August 22nd, 2014
Genetics plays a big role in how susceptible people are to hangovers, a new study finds.
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Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?
July 21st, 2014
Cork quality has been declining for years, and scientists think it may be from cork oak trees adapting to climate change.
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Drug Use Linked with Brain Differences in Teens
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June 13th, 2014
Teens who have used drugs even just once in their lives have brain characteristics that are different from those who have never used drugs, a new study finds.
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Bud Light or Merlot? Twitter Maps Reveal Alcohol Choice by State
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April 4th, 2014
Wine in California, Coors in Colorado: New maps of Twitter users' alcohol preferences show the geography of beer and wine across the United States.
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Birthday Binging Linked to More Hospital Admissions
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July 29th, 2014
A new study found that binge drinking landed more Canadian adolescents in the hospital for alcohol-related incidents during their birthday weeks than any other time of the year.
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Adding Energy Drinks to Alcohol Boosts Urge to Drink
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July 17th, 2014
People feel a stronger urge to drink more alcohol when their drink contains an energy drink, along with alcohol, a new study finds.
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Origins of Inebriation Revealed
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May 27th, 2014
In prehistoric Eurasia, drugs and alcohol were originally reserved for ritual ceremonies, and weren't used merely to satisfy hedonistic motives, research suggests. They used alcohol and psychoactive plants to communicate with the spiritual world.
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