Powdered Alcohol
5:26 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Consider Banning Powdered Alcohol

Palcohol creator Mark Phillips pours the powdered alcohol equivalent of one shot of vodka into a glass in a promotional video on the company's website.

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 5:05 pm

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers in the Washington legislature launched a move Tuesday to ban powdered alcohol.

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Green Beer
8:06 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Portland Brewery Puts Low-Carbon Beer On Tap

A taste test: Migration Brewing presented samples of its low-carbon red beer (on coasters) alongside its traditional red beer.
Credit Stephen Baboi / Oregon Public Broadcasting

It's opening night for a new beer at Migration Brewing in Portland.

"Can I get a couple tasters of the low-carbon beer," a customer says.

The new brew is called the Little Foot Red. That's because it has half the carbon footprint of the brewery's traditional red beer, the Blood, Sweat and Red. As it turns out, that traditional beer generates a fair amount of carbon emissions.

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Solar-Powered Distilling
6:47 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Startup Seeks To Distill Solar-Powered Alcohol

A tequila sunrise.
Credit Leszek Leszczynski / Flickr

A new distillery in the Tri-Cities is hoping to solar power your alcohol.

The founders of Solar Spirits are planning to distill vodka, gin and eventually whiskey – they would become one of the first distilleries in the Northwest to use solar power. The group calls their process “craft tech.”

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Sewer Water Beer
4:53 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Company Wants To Turn Sewer Water Into Beer

Clean Water Services, a water treatment company in Oregon, has an advanced treatment process that can turn sewage into drinking water.
Credit Raymond Mcfee / Flickr

An Oregon water treatment company wants to turn sewer water into beer. But current state rules wouldn't allow anyone to drink it. 

Clean Water Services runs four wastewater treatment plants in the Portland metro area. Some of its treated water is used for irrigation.

But spokesman Mark Jockers said the market for recycled wastewater doesn't have to end there.

His company has an advanced treatment process that can turn sewage into drinking water. To show off that system, it wants to give some of its highly purified wastewater to home brewers.

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Alcohol Deaths
4:57 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Alcohol Involved In One In Nine Oregon Deaths

Excessive drinking accounts for one in every nine deaths in Oregon.
Credit Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

Excessive drinking accounts for one in every nine deaths in Oregon, according to a new study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That's slightly higher than the national average of one in 10.

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Party Bus
8:09 am
Mon April 7, 2014

After Fatalities Nationwide, Washington Regulators Target Party Buses

Party bus owner William Prigmore says his industry helps keep drunk drivers off the road. But state regulators point to nearly two dozen fatalities around the country as evidence the industry needs more regulation.
Credit Austin Jenkins

Prom season is coming up. That means tuxes, gowns and limousines. But these days an old-fashioned stretch limo can look a bit stodgy. The new rage is party buses. They carry more people and you can even stand up, dance and drink as you cruise down the road. But these parties on wheels can come at a price. Nationwide there have been nearly two dozen fatalities on these buses  including one here in the Northwest.

Now regulators in Washington state are getting ready to crack down on the industry.

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Alcohol Sales
6:09 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Ease Penalties For Inadvertent Alcohol Sales

The Oregon House approved a measure that would reduce penalties in accidental alcohol sales to minors.
Credit M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia Commons

Imagine for a moment you're a busy supermarket clerk, ringing up hundreds of dollars of sales per hour. A young man hands you his ID, you make a quick glance and accidently transpose two digits in the birthday. The next thing you know you're under arrest for selling alcohol to a minor. Several former grocery store clerks told lawmakers that happened to them. 

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NWPR Books
1:43 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

If You Drank Like James Bond, You'd Be Shaken, Too

James Bond is famous worldwide for his love of martinis and the ladies. But at six or seven drinks a day, the former was likely to hurt his odds with the latter.
Danjaq/ EON Productions

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 7:27 am

We all know James Bond had a hankering for martinis. But it looks like the international spy threw back far more Vespers, his martini of choice, than was good for him.

Dr. Indra Neil Guha, a liver specialist, and his colleagues at Nottingham University Hospital in England spent a year poring over Ian Fleming's James Bond books and tabulating how many drinks the suave spy drank a day.

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NWPR Books
9:07 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Drinking To 'Numb,' Women Gain On Men In Alcohol Abuse


Carrie Bradshaw and her rounds of cosmopolitans; Bridget Jones with her glasses of chardonnay; Chelsea Handler declaring her passion for vodka. In sitcoms, rom-coms and comedy shows, female boozers are the stuff of jokes. They suffer through hangovers, complain about their bar bills, promise to cut back and then cheerfully renege.

But many women find that their drinking doesn't lead to laughter. In the U.S. and Western Europe, growing numbers of women struggle with alcoholism; in some places, women's rates of alcohol abuse have achieved parity with men's.

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Alcohol Poisoning
5:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Consider Immunity For Minors With Alcohol Poisoning

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 5:52 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Calls to 911 for underage drinkers suffering from alcohol poisoning would not prompt police charges if a bill in Olympia passes. Tuesday, Washington lawmakers heard testimony on a measure that would allow young partiers to get help without penalty.

Currently, teens sent to the hospital after a hard night of drinking could find themselves in trouble with the law. Democratic Rep. Marko Liias said his bill would help young people avoid death by alcohol poisoning.

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