If you are an alcoholic at an airport, and feel tempted to head to one of the bars, instead have “Bill W.” paged over the loudspeaker. This is an AA code known by its members; if another AA member hears the page, he/she will come meet you and help you stay away from the bar.
In 2009, during a bar fight in Dublin, a man had his hand cut off with a samurai sword. He proceeded to punch his attacker in the face with the stump.
Part of the reason that people seem more attractive when you’re drunk is that alcohol inhibits your ability to recognize asymmetry in a face.
The bar tab of a 1787 farewell party for George Washington is still intact. “According to the bill… [The Founding Fathers] drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 of whiskey, 22 of porter, 8 of hard cider, 12 of beer, and 7 bowls of alcoholic punch”. The party had 55 attendees.
During prohibition, the US government ordered poison be added to industrial alcohol to discourage consumption. People continued to drink it, so the government mandated more potent poison and it killed as many as 10,000 people.
Back in 1958, high-school sophomore Diana McGee chose as her biology project an experiment “to make a hamster an alcoholic, then to cure it of the disease.” She named the hamster “Alchy”. The hamster consumed about a pint of bourbon a month and reportedly “seems to love it.” Eventually, Alchy refused to drink any more of the bourbon-water mixture, leading the Salina Journal to comment on Apr 25, 1958 that “the animal has more sense than some people.”
The only person who is allowed alcohol in the Houses of Parliament is the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who is allowed to drink whilst announcing the annual Budget.
The British government’s advisor on illegal drugs was fired in 2009 after arguing that ecstasy and LSD were less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco.
A study conducted by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs shows that alcohol is the most harmful drug along with meth, heroine, and cocaine. Among the least harmful: mushrooms and LSD.
Scientist Nikola Tesla drank whiskey every day, because he thought it would make him live to 150.