Thanks, science: You may be able to get drunk on an alcohol substitute without a hangover next morning


Thanks to science, you may soon be able to get drunk without feeling the effects the next morning.

A British scientist and longtime drug researcher has developed an alcohol substitute that still gives imbibers that sought-after buzz without the unsavoury side effects of a hangover the next day.

I guess he didn’t know there already exists such a thing. 😉



Paregoric Elixir […] despite its alcoholic and opiate ingredients, was given to children.  An analysis from the Princeton University website notes that Paregoric was “… used to control diarrhea in adults and children, an expectorant and cough medicine, calm fretful children, and to rub on the gums to counteract the pain from teething.”  The website quotes a formula taken from an 1870 publication:

“Best opium 1/2 dr., dissolve it in about 2 tablespoons of boiling water; then add benzoic acid 1/2 dr.; oil of anise 1/2 a fluid dr.; clarified honey 1 oz.; camphor gum 1 scruple; alcohol, 76 percent, 11 fluid ozs.; distilled water 4-1/2 fluid ozs; macerate, (keep warm,) for two weeks.  Dose – For children, 5 to 20 drops; Adults, 1 to 2 teaspoons.”

With all that opium and alcohol, the patient could be both doped and drunk at the same time!


Farmers’ markets to start selling Ontario wines as of May 1

Great news! Would be better if the sale of alcohol was completely privatized, and the government got completely out of the business of selling it, and regulating it so strictly…

TORONTO — Homegrown Ontario wines will be showing up for sale at farmers’ markets as of May 1.

It’s a two-year pilot program the province hopes will lead to a jump in demand for the VQA wines.

The wines are crafted entirely from Ontario-grown grapes and must adhere to local winemaking standards.

The province says VQA wine sales hit $268 million last year, up $100 million from 2008.

It adds that there are approximately 200 farmers’ markets and 140 VQA wineries in Ontario.