…Drinks aren’t what they used to be. In the September issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Environmental Research (there’s your bedtime reading), we learn the sad news that the alcohol content of liquor is dropping.
…Between the early 1950s and 1997, the percentage of alcohol in alcoholic beverages fell.
…Wine used to be 16.75% alcohol. In 1991, it had dropped to 10.5%. And then went back up to 11.45% in 2002.
…Beer used to be 5%, dropped to 4.58%, then back up a little to 4.65%.
…Consumption of beer is up and down somewhat for wine and the hard stuff.
…Amounts of alcohol in products varies by state. The District of Columbia averages the highest, Ohio the lowest.
…People, the researchers said, think drinking six beers is “healthier” than drinking six vodka tonics. Both contain about the same amount of alcohol, though the greater volume of the beer means it is absorbed more slowly.
…Beer is seen as the beverage of moderation, the docs said. (Check that out at the next kegger.)
…In light of this, a new product debuts in Europe: Wine for women. It’s called Sophie & Sophie, a low-cal (meaning low alcohol) drink made of rose wine.
…Don’t be ashamed to be seen with a bottle, it says on the Sophies’ blog.
…Maintain your grace, they continue. Don’t get “misty” at the end of the evening and go home with the wrong male. More on www.naturalwines.nl/home_eng.html.
…The wrong male? The one with the roofies. It’s getting harder to get a girl drunk.