There was a real, radium based, alcoholic drink known as the “Atomic Cocktail” that was served in missile shaped bottles. They had adverse effects after prolonged exposure, but could cure minor fevers, headaches, and depression.
If people in the top 10% for alcohol consumption were to reduce their total consumption to that of the next lowest 10% group; alcohol sales would drop by 60% in the United States.
During prohibition a jury that had heard a bootlegging case was itself put on trial after it drank the evidence. They said they did it to determine whether or not it contained alcohol.
The average British person will spend a year of their life hungover.
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.”