Alcohol

American Spirits: Mike Rowe Pours a Shot of Alcoholic Economic History

In "How Booze Built America," Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" mixes little-known history with economic analysis, puns and many tasty beverages to explain how the American story is really the tale of one nation's love affair with alcohol. Here are a few of Rowe's favorite high points.

Tasty or Absurdi-Tea? Coors Brews Tea-Flavored Beer

Molson Coors Brewing is introducing Coors Light Iced T next month. The beverage will be sold in aluminum cans similar to its existing beer offerings, and rightfully so: The citrus-like brew will pack a roughly 4% alcohol punch.

Venti, Meet Vino: Starbucks Spikes Its Drink Menu

Starbucks is renowned for its caffeinated drinks, but it isn't above spiking its beverage menu here and there. The coffee giant is adding wine and beer at up to a dozen cafes in the Southern California and Atlanta markets.

The Ten States that Profit Most from Sin

As state budgets strain under huge debt loads, they are counting increasingly on "sin taxes," one of the few reliable sources of revenue in these uncertain economic times.

Spirited Startups: Colorado's Microdistilleries Follow an All-American Path

The boom in U.S. microdistilleries comes in part from many Americans reinventing their careers in a dire economy. That entrepreneurial spirit is thriving in some of Colorado's newly minted microdistilleries. And industry giants, like Jim Beam, are also welcoming these new makers of American liquor.

Microdistilleries Are Changing How America Drinks

The country's troubled history with alcohol -- particularly Prohibition -- had a huge impact on what consumers expect from their alcoholic beverages. The bland, blended spirits that became popular after Prohibition ended are finally giving way to today's thirst for unique and locally made alcoholic beverages.

Pennsylvania's Small Liquor Makers Are Bottling Heritage

Pennsylvania is closely tied to alcohol. In the Revolutionary War, it supplied alcohol to the Continental army, and after independence, it became a mecca for distillers across the country. Now, some Keystone state microdistillers are returning to those roots, with some modern flourishes as well.

Binge Drinking Is Taking a Heavy Toll on Health Worldwide

A new World Health Organization report finds excessive alcohol use results in 2.5 million deaths annually. That's more than those caused by HIV/AIDS, violence or tuberculosis. The study notes that alcohol is a far bigger danger than illegal drugs such as crack cocaine and heroin.

Is HBO's Boardwalk Empire Breaking a Modern Prohibition?

HBO has debuted a novel liquor-store marketing campaign tied to Canadian Club whiskey for its Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire, and some critics fear it may affect an unintended audience: children and young adults. Is the series further glamorizing drinking for the underage crowd?

Alcohol and College: How Much Money Are Students Really Drinking?

The average college student spends $500 per year on alcohol, says Rachel Barrington of the University of Wisconsin. With the average student taking five years to graduate and borrowing about $23,000, that means that more than 10% of all college loans go to finance alcohol consumption.

Study Says Junk Food as Addictive as Heroin or Cigarettes

Is junk food as addictive as heroin or cigarettes? Previous studies have shown similarities between drug abusers and compulsive eaters, but a new study published Sunday in Nature Neuroscience provides evidence that those who are addicted to junk food experience similar cravings as drug addicts, require increasingly larger amounts of food to feel good and even have a harder time quitting.

Consumers opting to drink at home

The sobering economy is making consumers enjoy a drink at home rather than get happy at the neighborhood bar. Drinkers are also finding pleasure in...