Is College Drinking on the Decline? The Latest Freshmen Say “Yes”

College drinking is on the decline, and it’s been that way for the past decade. That’s according to “The American Freshman: National Norms” reports from UCLA (CIRP/HERI). It found that over the last 10 years entering freshman consistently reported less and less drinking, with the number of students reporting “frequent” or “occasional” beer, wine and spirits drinking dropping by a sizable 25%. Students also reported a large decline in partying, with a growing share saying they didn’t party at all.

Who is Most Likely to Die of Alcohol Poisoning? Middle-Aged People

For many people, the term binge drinking conjures up visions of wild frat parties filled with poor youthful decisions. But if you look at what age group is most at risk from alcohol poisoning, the majority of deaths are actually happening to middle aged people between 45 and 54 – a staggering 34% of total alcohol poisoning deaths.

Watch this Gentleman Enjoy the Five Stages of Inebriation

Seriously, how great are vintage photographs when people aren’t acting stiff and formal?! Sometime between 1863 and 1868 Sydney photographer Charles Percy Pickering took these absolutely informal images of drunkenness in five stages, played by one convincing fellow in his studio. It looks like someone won’t be remembering Friday night!

Which State Drinks the Most Wine? Animation Shows It’s Just Getting More Popular

Over the past 20 years wine consumption has steadily grown in the US. Following a major slump in 1993, the classic beverage has seen a steady climb to new levels of appreciation today. But which state loves wine the most?

‘Nice Cup Bro!’ Makes Tea Time Rock: Unique Mugs From Around The World

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The coffee mug: the silent accessory to your morning addiction. Mugs become so ingrained in our daily routine that we become simultaneously desensitized and emotionally attached to the ancient vehicle for liquid fuel. Do you have a favorite cup? I do. It brings stability to my life. We all get close to cups. I mean, we pretty much make out with them everyday. So, if you carefully select your significant other than maybe you should carefully select your coffee cup too. After all, there is nothing worse than a jealous, argumentative, ugly cup. Is this really what you want to spend the rest of your life with? Don’t get discouraged, there are a ton of amazing mugs perfectly compatible with your personality. To explore a staggering variety of unique handmade mugs by hundreds of artists head over to the beautifully niche ‘Nice Cup Bro!‘ blog.

Beer Labels Jump into Motion

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Unless you’ve hit the end of your last 6-pack, the labels on your beer bottles probably don’t do too much moving… but you don’t have to drink at all to appreciate the labels reworked by Trevor Carmick. This Boston-based video editor/graphic artist has been working on a personal side project called Beer Labels in Motion, creating animated GIF logos based on some of his favorite american craft-brews.

Wine Pairing: What Wine with What Food?

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With the traditional and practiced “wine and cheese crowd” quickly being outnumbered by a world in love with wine, it’s not surprising that many of us have no idea what wines go with what food. Wine pairing is an art often lost on the new wine fanatics, not that it’s entirely their fault. There are loads of wine types out there – and even more types of food – making it a tough task when you just want to quickly select a nice bottle to go with that soft cheese and cured meat platter.

Cheers to That: Game of Thrones is Back. Pt. III

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To the delight of fans of epic fantasy fiction stories and grand blockbuster HBO productions (or people who’ve just grown to adore Peter Dinklage), Game of Thrones has returned to television for its third season. We and the good people at Double Neat have been chronicling the return with our special menu of cocktails inspired by iconic characters from the show – you can check out past posts here and here . For our third installment, we tackle the wily bunch beyond the walls of the Seven Kingdoms called the Wildings. More kindly known as the Free Folk, this band of outsiders have a heritage untied to any kings or queens. Some consider them savages or barbarians; we like to think of them as well-armed hippies.

A Tribute to the Solo Cup Made from Beer Cases

Now here’s a tasty collage: Alex Krutchkoff took 20 plus cases of beer and carefully arranged them into a colorful tribute to the iconic red Solo Cup. He says the project took over 50 hours to complete and considering the loads of beer each case contained, we’re sure it was a fun project to piece together. For more about this designer and artist, see krutchh.com or follow him on Instagram @krutchh.

Interactive: Learn Good French Wines Like a Pro

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Have you ever been at a fancy hobb-nobbing party and said something like:

“Today most wines are fully mature. It has proved to be a delicious vintage but perhaps just short of the density, complexity and ultimate longevity for greatness. The whites were probably under-rated because they appeared, on tasting, to have little acidity. In fact it was there, but masked by the tannins from thick skins. This phenomenon, curiously enough, was repeated in both 1995 and 2005. Even so, 1985 whites will now be past their best.”

Ok… neither have I, but if you have ever wanted to sound like a fancy-shmancy wine snob, there has never been an easier time.