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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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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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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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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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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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Happy Hour à Paris

Bars and restaurants with active happy hours are especially popular spots for psychopaths to sexually pursue individuals. With the wheels greased with alcohol, men and women alike are more willing to fall prey to the psychopath’s highly calculated strategies to ensnare victims. The psychopath in this setting can be spotted by picking up on the following signals: excessive, forced flattery; looking for pity or sympathy; creating a sense that the two share a deep, almost destined connection right from the start; and asking extremely personal questions too soon in service of the psychopath’s need to ascertain the victim’s emotional weaknesses. –Seth Meyers, PsyD

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene in a bar with a psychopath trolling for victims.

Journaling Prompt: What advice would you give to a single friend looking to find a man.

Art Prompt: Happy hour

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how they can recognize a psychopath.

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Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum_MG_9364

Kill-devil was bought from Dutch shippers, who procured it from Brazilian plantations, where it was brewed using wastes from their sugar-works. The Portuguese there employed it as a cheap tonic to rout the “devil” thought to possess African slaves at the end of a long day and render them sluggish. It retailed handily as a beverage in the English settlements of the Ameri­cas, however, sometimes being marketed under the more dig­nified name of “rumbullion,” or “rum.” –Caribbee by Thomas Hoover

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which alcohol is used as a means of control.

Journaling Prompt: How often do you drink? What is your motivation when you drink? How does it make you feel?

Art Prompt: Kill-Devil

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a time you or a friend drank too much OR write an informative piece about the history of rum.

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Old man

Crozier hurts to the cavity in the center of his self where he is sure his soul had resided until it floated away on a sea of whiskey over the decades. -Dan Simmons, The Terror

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or poem about a character that regrets decades of drinking.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an experience you’ve had with an addict.

Art Prompt: Cavity of the Soul

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the damage that addiction does to the soul and spirit.

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If every machine has its friction, than booze is the oil to the human machine. Things go easier, friendships seem deeper, strangers are welcomed. -Daniel Judson, The Bone Orchard

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where alcohol plays an integral part.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about alcohol? What personal experience causes you to feel this way?

Art Prompt: Alcohol and the human machine

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a piece about alcohol and how it affects human interaction.

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