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Cigarette taxes stop drinking

Maybe raising the cigarette tax could do more than make people smoke less. It could also make people drink less. U.S. researchers looked at data from more than 21,000 drinkers and found that higher cigarette taxes translated to reduced drinking in certain groups of people—particularly male smokers.

Rum runner

A few weeks ago, I promised that I would, quite unscientifically, test out the effects of certain alcohols on my modest (when sober) running ability. I'm here now to transcribe the results, written in a sauced scrawl in a small notebook kept here beside my running shoes, which I now keep near my liquor "cabinet."

Binge drinking 101

According to the CDC, one in five high school girls binge drink. That means they have at least four drinks (beer, wine, or liquor) at a time -- and they do it several times a month.

Diet drinks gives bigger buzz to alcohol

Skinny sorority girls finally can blame science. According to a new study, mixing alcohol and diet drinks can get you drunker. The study, set to be published in the April issue of the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, found that people who drank their booze with diet mixers had higher breath alcohol content that those who drank with non-diet drinks.

The Morning After

I find it ironic that two of my best friends each own popular Atlanta bars within aerobic stumbling distance of my front door. Years ago I would have foamed at the mouth to be in a position that allows me to freeload booze with such abandon.

Goodbye, Old Friend

My friends don’t like to hear this, but I’m afraid I’m done with drinking. I still appreciate alcohol. I just don’t drink it anymore.

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