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06.08.15 Aymann Ismail

Another successful Governors Ball, the closest thing New York has to the millennial hippiefest that is Coachella, wrapped this weekend. ANIMAL showed up Sunday evening at 7 PM, when The Black Keys and Lana Del Rey were headlining, to ask people what time they started drinking. Concertgoers flashed their fingers to tell us what time […]

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05.04.15 Prachi Gupta

The State Liquor Authority has fined hundreds of stores in New York City for selling alcohol to underage persons, the New York Daily News reports. The SLA sent in “decoys” to city pharmacies, liquor stores and bodegas across the city. Nearly 60 percent of the stories targeted sold to minors, and will have to cough […]

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04.16.15 Prachi Gupta

Chinatown’s beloved 169 Bar will stay open. The months-long ordeal between the City and the dive bar was settled in court Thursday morning, ANIMAL confirmed. “The case was resolved. We didn’t admit any guilt. We signed a settlement agreement with the city that didn’t involve shutting us down,” said Jesse Danoff, the lawyer representing 169 […]

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12.30.14 Rhett Jones

There are few sounds in the world more annoying than a drunk person singing: Everything’s off tune, out of time, and slurred up to sap any musical joy. The only upside is that it can serve as a warning that someone you want to avoid may be approaching you. For an experiment that seems like an idea […]

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07.25.14 Sophie Weiner

You have until the end of the month to get drunk on some of Long Island’s most pristine beaches. According to the AP, the feds are enacting a drinking ban at a few of Fire Island’s more exclusive villages such as Robbins Rest, Atlantique, and Corneille Estates starting August 1st to curb “alcohol-fueled parties.” In nearby Ocean […]

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07.07.14 Sophie Weiner

According to a recently published study by the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs, “Stimulant but not cannabis intoxication is associated with excessive alcohol consumption.” Of those surveyed, MDMA-users on stimulants are more likely to binge drink than weed-smokers high on weed. Ecstasy users who were intoxicated with stimulants (n = 91) were more likely to binge drink than […]

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06.16.14 Sophie Weiner

A dig site at 50 Bowery has yielded some unexpected artifacts, including an 19th century “elixir of long life,” DNA Info reports. The site was once a German beer garden, and the elixir was found among other old alcohol bottles and remedies like “Dr. Hostetters Stomach Bitters.” Now, the archeologists are trying to recreate these allegedly life-extending drinks. […]

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05.27.14 Sophie Weiner

It was only a matter of time until the authorities came down to kill our Phrosties buzz. The State Liquor Authority, with the support of anti-partying Senator Chuck Schumer, is now investigating the icy drinks. “The SLA is looking into the illegal sale of this unregistered and potentially dangerous alcoholic drink‎ by an unlicensed business,” […]

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04.25.14 Backdoor Pharmacist

Palcohol, the powdered alcohol that will completely change the way we brunch and justify our one bottle of wine a day habit, had its label approval cruelly torn from it after the alcohol law blog Bevlaw reported on it. The makers claim it was just an error in the packaging but from the history of […]

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04.21.14 Backdoor Pharmacist

The alcohol blog Bevlaw found a release by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau that outed “Palcohol.” Their approved product is “powdered alcohol.” Update: The bureau made the approval “in error.” No powdered alcohol for you. BUT WHAT IS THIS WITCHCRAFT? It’s a family of simple carbohydrates called cyclodextrins. Cyclodextrins are molecular doughnuts (or cronuts if you’re willing […]

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