According to recent statistics about the comparative health of the 50 states, Rhode Island pulled in at number 10 — not bad for the state constantly heralded for unemployment and child poverty. However, “binge drinking is a problem” and the state’s “forte is smoking.” And what percent of those studied were college students?
They say that history is in the eyes of the beholder. That couldn’t be more true with Drunk History, a series of YouTube videos in which incredibly drunk people recount important moments in history while famous actors act out their exact descriptions. Watching a few of these videos gave us an idea: maybe we’ve been missing out on this “easy college experience” we’re all supposed to be having because we haven’t been drunk for most of it. Before you immediately dismiss this proposition, we present to you our argument: the BlogDH’s list of four scholarly things that somehow become much easier while drunk. [Read more →]
Is there nothing sacred left in life? Phusion Projects announced yesterday that it would be removing caffeine, guarana, and taurine from all of its beverages, including–you guessed it–Four Loko. Say goodbye to the wide-eyed-blackout-inducer we have come to know and love (although, yes, we realize that the we at the BlogDH must seem to like talking about it a little bit more than the average college students).
Oh well. There’s always Red Bull. Somehow it’s just not the same (there’s no alcohol in it…).
Don’t forget to install the Social Media Sobriety Test on your computer before you do. The folks over at Webroot have developed a new tool that will block your Facebook/Twitter/Myspace during a select few hours of the evening/early morning when (drunkenly) logging onto your various social networking accounts can do some serious damage (and lead to major regrets in the morning). When you first install the program, you can select which sites you want to regulate and the hours that you want it to be active. When you try to go to a site that you have set up regulation on during the hours that you specified, you will be redirected to a sobriety test which you must pass before you can continue. The only problem is that some of the tests that they use are nearly fucking impossible even while sober. [Read more →]
For most college students, drinking on the weekend normally consists of a couple cans of Natty Light and a beer pong table. Yet now, more students are foregoing the 12 cans of beer and instead are buying just one can — of Four Loko. You know that warning you’ve often heard: never mix alcohol with Red Bull? Well, Four Loko is just that: an energy drink with 12 percent alcohol content. And while anyone who has ever Four Loko-ed it on a Friday night (or Eight Loko-ed, if they are brave and don’t mind throwing up) can tell you that Four Loko’s flaw is that it is almost too effective; it is the cheapest and fastest way to get a guaranteed blackout.
Which is why Ramapo College in New Jersey has recently decided to ban the drink altogether. Concerns arose after New Jersey officials found even high school students getting loko off of the energy drink. And, with its reported role in the recent anti-gay violence in New York City (one victim was forced to drink 10 Four Lokos, impairing his memory of the attack), Four Loko might be, well, a little too loko. My advice – if you do decide to Four Loko, perhaps share it with a friend. And when you both pass out, make sure you have a trash can nearby.
The NYTimes’ college sports blog requests photos from your tailgates and football-related parties. Though they acknowledge that large state schools will be the biggest contributors, “we hope to hear from Ivy Leaguers and small schools, too.” Be careful though kids: while DPS never seems bothered by your red cups, readers of the New York Times might be — especially when those readers are your teachers and parents.
Get the bang for your buck and booze in BDS style. Keep it casual and classy, fill a water bottle with your favorite cheap vodka and head over to the Ratty for springtime delights, where all of these ingredients can be found.
- The Cape Codder – equal parts cranberry juice and vodka
- Lemon Drop - equal parts vodka and lemon juice (get resourceful with the lemon wedges), a spoonful of sugar; alternatively, mix vodka and lemonade
- The Salty Dog - one part vodka, three parts grapefruit juice, salted rim (called a Greyhound without the salt)
- Screwdriver – one part vodka, two parts orange juice
- Sea Breeze – one part vodka, one part grapefruit juice, three parts cranberry juice
- Tea Tini
Stay tuned for more as the weekend wears on.
In this edition of alcohol-related studies that also relate to you … women with college degrees are “almost twice as likely to drink daily, and they are also more likely to admit to having a drinking problem.” Apparently, “better-educated women may have more active social lives.” Or better access to the Main Green on Spring Weekend.
Drinking the night before an exam won’t affect test performance the next morning, according to a study published last month in the journal Addiction by Damaris Rohsenow, research professor of community health, and Boston University School of Public Health Professor Jonathon Howland.
Tufts seems pretty excited about the news, so it looks like Brown’s encouraging students everywhere to drink up.
Herald Staff Writer Anish Gonchigar reported on other aspects of the study in February. Read on to find out which types of liquor will leave you without a hangover the morning after, so you’ll be in tip-top shape for midterms the morning after Fish Co.
As you coast in to spring break, or break free from the SciLi, professors have a few tips for minimizing the pain of your landing.
Earlier this semester, the results of a professor’s study — that a hangover induced by dark liquors is worse than that created by clear one — were published. Now, another professor has spoken out to let us know (or, remind us) that drinking more is probably not the answer. Though it might make for a temporary fix, “More alcohol will sedate the brain again but can actually be harmful because it increases other negative symptoms such as dehydration.” Yikes.
So be safe, make good choices and remember that Spring Weekend will come soon enough. (And so will the aftermath.)