The truth about copper poisoning from Moscow mules

Photo by Ted Eytan

Head out on the town this summer and you’ll probably see it at some outdoor patio: a beverage clutched in the hands of someone who looks quite trendy, lime slices floating among ice cubes, condensation glistening on a cool, copper mug. The Moscow mule.

Moscow mules — not from Russia […]

Tox Tuesday: Mexican resort death attributed to tainted alcohol

Tragedy struck earlier this year when a 20-year-old woman from the U.S. state of Wisconsin died after she and her brother were found unconscious in a pool at a resort in Mexico.

The siblings and their family had arrived at the resort just two hours before. They began their vacation with a few drinks, but […]

Keep your pets safe from holiday hazards

‘Tis the season for decorations, cooking special meals and wrapping gifts. While it can be easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the FDA is reminding pet owners to watch out for temptations your pets may face this time of the year.

Stocking stuffers and pet treats

If your dog […]

Infographic: Workplace drug testing

Across Europe there is an increasing trend in the prevalence of substance abuse among the working population. Statistics show that these figures spike in December as people enter the festive spirit where we see as much as a 40% increase in the consumption of drugs and alcohol.

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Tox Tuesday: Caffeine

It could be from coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, jelly beans, chocolate, pills or even in powder form, but the fact of the matter is, there are some days I just need my caffeine. I may have pulled a couple all-nighters in my college years drinking cup after cup of tea to finish my final […]

Is yeast preventing drunk bunk?

This may be considered the best job ever: professional drinker. Literally, a person who drinks beer all day and gets paid for it. Apart from wanting to figure out where to apply, you have to wonder: with drinking all that beer day in and day out and not feeling the effects of intoxication, how do […]

The deadly effects of homebrewed alcohol

[ SPANISH ] At least 83 are dead following what began as a casual night of drinking — and it was locally brewed alcohol that was the culprit of the deaths.

Homebrewing is on the rise. In a June 2013 press release from the Brewers Association, it was cited that homebrewing sales in the U.S. […]

Alcohol effects on voles (and how it can relate to you)

While happy hour is ending for some cows, prairie voles are getting to have a drunken night out in a new study from Oregon Health and Science University.

Studies and findings regarding the effect of alcohol on social behavior can be found virtually anywhere. However, this new study looks at

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U.K. moves to prevent counterfeit alcohol

A new plan in the United Kingdom (U.K.) will help assure consumers that the spirits they purchase actually are what they’re marketed as.

The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme aims to help protect the integrity of U.K.-made spirits, such as Scotch, from confusion with counterfeits or lower quality substitutions. Under the plan, HM Revenue & Customs […]

Libya methanol poisoning outbreak death toll climbs

The number of people in Libya who have died from drinking alcohol contaminated with methanol has hit 87, the Associated Press reports.

The outbreak, which first was reported a week ago, has injured more than 1,000 people, Libya’s Health Minister has said. Additionally, 15 people have been blinded and others have suffered kidney failure or […]