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In December 2016, 74 people died in a mass methanol poisoning in Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia, Russia. Precipitated by drinking counterfeit surrogate alcohol, the death toll led one news agency to call it “unprecedented in its scale”.

While Russia is one of the highest consumers of alcohol per capita in the world, the use of non-traditional surrogate alcohols rapidly rose in the 2010s due to ongoing economic difficulties in Russia. With a price far below that of government-regulated vodka, surrogates reached an estimated height of twenty percent of the country’s alcohol consumption by 2016. These products were often nearly pure alcohol that could be diluted to a rough approximation of vodka, and were frequently available at all hours via strategically placed vending machines. In the Irkutsk incident, the victims drank scented bath lotion that was mislabeled as containing drinkable ethanol.

In the aftermath of the poisoning, regulations on products being used as surrogate alcohols were tightened around the country. Politicians announced a temporary ban on non-food items with more than 25 percent alcohol, and health officials publicly mooted imposing a state monopoly on Russia’s perfume and pharmaceutical industries. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a mass poisoning set in the world of your current WIP.

Journaling Prompt: How much alcohol do you drink and why do you drink it?

Art Prompt: Drinking death

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the 2016 mass methanol poisoning in Russia.

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While many people view college drinking as the norm, less understood is that how students drink can place them at a higher risk for multiple problems. Drinking on an empty stomach usually means that someone will get drunk faster, given that food helps to absorb alcohol, slowing down alcohol absorption into the bloodstream. A growing trend among college drinkers is called “drunkorexia,” a non-medical term that refers to a combination of alcohol with diet-related behaviors such as food restriction, excessive exercising, or bingeing and purging…

The association between gender and drunkorexia is a complex one, she noted. “While it is clear that college women who drink more are more likely than men to engage in bulimic-type behaviors, and with greater frequency, and to experience more alcohol-related problems as a result of these behaviors, there were no gender differences for engaging in drunkorexia to increase the effects of alcohol or engaging in bulimic-type behaviors to compensate for alcohol-related calories. In some cases, men were more likely to engage in bulimic-type and diet/exercising/calorie-restricted eating behaviors to reduce alcohol-related calories. Further research is needed to more fully understand these differences,” she said. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which drunkorexia plays a role.

Journaling Prompt: What was the riskiest thing you did when you were in college or at that age?

Art Prompt: Risky drinking

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about problem drinking on  college campuses today.

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Drunkenness wa not condemned in the ancient world. It makes men feel like gods, and the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Germanic, Slav and Scandinavian peoples not only felt (like the Amerindians) that they were part of a group of friends and allies in that state, but also that mead was the drink of immortality. No god in any of their pantheons denied himself that liquor. In final homage to the fallen kings whom the Irish sent to their fathers, they were drowned in a vat of mead and their palaces set alight. (If the Celtic mead-maker, particularly in Wales, was not really a seer and healer, he was credited with those powers. Healing, like fermentation, was a magical operation, both of them graciously granted by the gods to the specialists who mediated between them and mankind.) –A History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Fiction Writing Prompt: How does your character view drunkenness? Add to your character sketch.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about public drunkenness? Private drunkenness?

Art Prompt: Drunkenness

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about differing cultural views on drunkenness.

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jorum n

  • (countable) A large vessel for drinking (usually alcoholic beverages).
  • (countable, figuratively) A large quantity.
  • (countable, uncountable) The contents, or quantity of the contents, of such a vessel.


Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about people who drink large quantities of alcohol?

Art Prompt: Jorum

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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Pennyslvania’s laws on booze had been, up until recently, among the country’s most restrictive, in part due to the state’s Quaker heritage, and the penalties for importing wine under the old laws could get very, very serious. A judge in the state last year, for example, ordered over 1,300 bottles of wine to be poured down the drain to penalize a man who allegedly illegally imported the wine from California and Germany, among other places. (He struck a deal to keep 1,000 other bottles.)

Elsewhere, America’s liquor laws don’t get much more rational. In Massachusetts, for example, happy hours are illegal. In Utah, home to the country’s most specific prohibitions, no beer on tap can be more than 4.0 percent alcohol, you have to order food with your booze at restaurants, you can’t order doubles, and, for restaurants open after July 2012, cocktails will be mixed only out of the sight of customers. In Maine, you can’t buy a drink after 9 a.m. on Sundays, except when that Sunday happens to be St. Patrick’s Day. In Louisiana, you can buy a daiquiri in a drive-through but can’t drive with it if a straw is inserted into the cup. In Nevada, you can drink pretty much anywhere and public drunkenness simply isn’t a crime. –The Weird and Very Long History of State Liquor Laws

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which the conflict is driven by strict regulations on recreational compounds.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about liquor laws?

Art Prompt: Liquor laws

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of liquor laws in your town and state.

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The stink of her own vomit on her blankets and nightdress has awoken her. Clear wet stains smeared across clothe that smells of gin. The first drink always makes her cringe, but she feels better and better until she does not know how much, how long. The bottle stands half full on the nightstand, delicately placed. Despite the way her muscles feel — soaked with liquor — she know that if the bottle is upright, the night has not been too bad. –Water Ghosts by Shawna Yang Ryan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of the night before the morning after.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a night you regret.

Art Prompt: The Morning After

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story involving alcohol.

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mon claret

Twirling a ringlet about her finger several times and tapping her foot in short, rapid jerks, she sipped despondently at her claret. The rich wine glided over her tongue. Warmth passed through her body, easing the gnawing ache of loneliness inside her. She downed the glass then had another and another and another. Each one seemed better than the last. The warmth filled her, from the top of her head right down to her toes. It was like being bathed in pure sunlight. How many glasses of wine had she drunk? –Natasha Blackthorne, Wild, Wicked and Wanton: A Hot Historical Romance Bundle

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a lonely lady, some claret, and a stranger.

Journaling Prompt: What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve done after drinking?

Art Prompt: Claret

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about something you did that was fueled by alcohol.

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mon BD blues

The birthday effect (sometimes called the birthday blues, especially when referring specifically to suicide) is a statistical phenomenon where an individual’s likelihood of death appears to increase on or close to their birthday. The birthday effect has been seen in studies of general populations in England and Wales, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States, as well as in smaller populations such as Major League Baseball players. Studies do not consistently show this correlation; some find that men’s and women’s mortality rates diverge in the run-up to the birthday, while others find no significant change. Suggested mechanisms for the effect include alcohol consumption, psychological stress relating to the birthday, increased suicide risk, terminally ill patients attempting to hold on until their birthday, an increased mortality salience, or a physiological cycle that causes the body to weaken annually. It has also been suggested that it may be a statistical artifact, perhaps as a result of anomalies in reporting, but the birthday effect has also been seen in studies that control for known reporting anomalies. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving the birthday effect.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most difficult birthday you’ve ever had.

Art Prompt: Birthday 

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the Birthday Effect and give them suggestions how they can help their loved ones move through it.

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