May 24

Operation Swill: New Jersey Bars Caught Serving Fake Alcohol (Liberty, Blitzkrieg, May 24, 2013):

It’s been a little while since my last food fraud post on rat meat being sold as lamb on the streets on Shanghai.  It’s been an even longer time since the last post on stealth inflation in alcohol when Maker’s Mark announced it was diluting its product (they ultimately backtracked due to consumer outrage).  Well, the following post combines both food fraud and stealth inflation all in one.  Apparently, we can’t even drink in peace anymore.

Pro Tip:  You may want to avoid TGI Fridays when in New Jersey.

From CBS:

TRENTON, NJ (CBS) — The New Jersey Attorney General and the Director of the division of Alcoholic Beverage Control released details Thursday on the investigation into dozens of establishments in the state accused of selling cheap — or even fake — alcohol to customers from premium bottles.
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Jan 24

How booze plays havoc with your rest: Alcohol reduces amount of time spent in deep sleep (Daily Mail, Jan 23, 2013):

Alcohol may help you fall asleep but it leads to a disrupted night’s rest, scientists reported yesterday.

Drinking was found to increase tiredness by reducing the length of time in deep sleep, which is important in allowing the body and mind to relax.

Irshaad Ebrahim, of the London Sleep Centre and co-author of the report, found the higher the consumption of alcohol the less deep – or REM – sleep takes place.

Lack of it can have a detrimental effect on concentration, motor skills and memory.

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Dec 24

Just another night in binge-drink Britain: Police cells fill with ‘black eye Friday’ fighters and women get so drunk they can only crawl (Daily Mail, Dec 22, 2012)

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