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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
If the julep ceremonial previously described is too fussy for you, I offer a traditional drinking game from the Commonwealth.  Two people go into a room. Each has a bottle of bourbon.* They sit at leisure, drinking and talking.  When the whiskey has been consumed, one of them stands up and walks out of the room. The other tries to guess who left.    *Please, no Tennessee whiskey. 
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By Baltimore Sun staff | October 1, 2014
There's no secret: America's favorite past time is made even more past time-y with a cold beer (or two). In that spirit, we're offering a drinking game as you watch the Orioles start their momentous post-season run. This game can work for the Detroit games, starting Thursday, and beyond. Necessary disclaimer: Drinking in excess is bad, mmkay? Don't drink and drive, don't drink and operate heavy machinery, don't drink and start bar fights, don't drink and adopt animals. Take a sip ... • For every visible bubblegum bubble Adam Jones blows.
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NEWS
By Peter Hermann | May 25, 2012
The cops surely picked the wrong place to drink after work -- their chief's favorite morning hangout, Miss Shirley's, especially since they were in partial police uniform. But here's the other question this raises -- what were they drinking? The upscale eatery with locations in Roland Park and at the Inner Harbor doesn't have beer on the menu. Now, cops aren't limited to beer, but still, some of these drinks come with umbrellas. The “Wet your whistle” page offers the $5.99 Miss Mimosa - the classic champagne and fresh-squeezed orange juice, garnished with pulp, and a $7.99 Spicy Shirely, a Bloody Mary with pickled okra, Jalapenos and lump crab.
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Carrie Wells and Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
One Towson University student drank so much alcohol he was unable to speak and threw up "without a pause" before passing out outside a nearby apartment complex, according to an anguished email his mother sent to university officials. Another student attempted to drink a bottle of Southern Comfort and ended up in the hospital with a blood alcohol content of 0.34 percent, a level that's life-threatening. In 2012, a rugby club member was so intoxicated he told a dormitory resident assistant that the year was 1993.
NEWS
By George Houston | August 16, 1995
SOME students returning to college campuses this fall will want to drink alcoholic beverages. Unless they're 21 years old, that's illegal, at my college or at any other college in the country. Nevertheless, underage students will drink as they have for hundreds of years.In light of this fact, we should stop pretending that more rules and regulations will stop them. Allow me to suggest a more radical proposal: colleges should open on-campus pubs where students can drink safely.In 1994, Columbia University's Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse produced a study on substance abuse at colleges and universities and reported that 42 percent of college students binge drink, and that 33 percent of students drink to get drunk.
NEWS
October 28, 2013
I am no fan of either Attorney General Doug Gansler or columnist Dan Rodricks , but I would venture that those now crying foul over Mr. Gansler's presence at a beach house party in Delaware where underage high school graduates were drinking probably drank alcohol themselves at their own senior week parties ("Gansler's public duty, parental strategy collide," Oct. 24). It may be illegal, but teens consider drinking a rite of passage. Those with the loudest protests better hope nobody kept any photos of their senior parties.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 9, 2002
EMMITSBURG - Four Mount St. Mary's College students were hospitalized over the weekend with symptoms of alcohol poisoning, college officials said yesterday. The students - whose names and ages were not divulged - were taken Saturday night from campus dormitories to hospitals in Frederick and Gettysburg, Pa., said college spokesman Duffy Ross. He said college officials were investigating where the students had been drinking. On Saturday night, the college held its Christmas dance, a longstanding tradition at the 1,400-student Catholic school in Emmitsburg.
NEWS
By Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post | October 23, 2010
The Thirsty Turtle bar has been open for three years, but that's long enough to develop a reputation and following among University of Maryland students. The Turtle, as students call it, is known for its packed dance floor, loud music, sticky floors, cheap drinks and, as the bar has been charged, often lax carding at the door. "They call it the freshman bar," said Brian Hearn, 21, a senior communications major. "It was a joke getting in there. I guess it still is. " Last week, police were called to a fight-turned-stabbing on U.S. 1, involving five intoxicated men who had been kicked out of the College Park bar. Three of the victims were underage UM students.
NEWS
November 21, 2007
A popular bar on Main Street in Ellicott City that is undergoing renovation and upgrading food offerings in hopes of attracting new customers was fined $250 by the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board for an underage-drinking incident. Jane Johnson and Marsha Greenfield, licensees for the Judge's Bench, agreed to a statement of facts concerning an incident May 25 in which county police Detective Martin Johnson found three young women in the bar who admitted they were 20 years old and had fake driver's licenses.
NEWS
November 16, 1992
A parent, a police officer and a student offered advice on curbing teen-age drinking at a recent Hammond High School PTSA meeting."Parents need to know that their feelings to protect their children are correct and they should be less fearful of monitoring their activities," said Annette Essey, a member of the PTSA who spoke at the school's "Alcohol is a Drug, Too" program.The mother of two Hammond students, Mrs. Essey said, "Parents are naive and often in a state of denial when it comes to their children's activities outside the home, especially when it comes to alcohol use."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
If you're a fan of awards shows, drinking isn't required to get through the three-hour self-celebration that is the Emmy Awards. But it sure makes it more fun. And if you're either not a big awards show person (or perhaps forced to watch for some reason), we want to help you out a bit. Here's our official drinking game for Monday's ceremony (8 p.m., NBC). And if you need to, feel free to blame us for taking a personal day on Tuesday. TAKE A DRINK IF • Host Seth Meyers makes an ill-advised joke referencing "Orange is the New Black" and race relations.
NEWS
August 17, 2014
We eagerly look forward to this September's Star-Spangled Spectacular commemorating the end of the War of 1812 ( "More details announced for Star-Spangled Spectacular celebration," Aug. 12). If it is only half as good as the 2012 Star-Spangled Sailabration it will be memorable - though one wishes Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake would not oversell it with the promise of "a patriotic festival like this country has never seen. " In fairness, she may be too young to remember the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976.
NEWS
By Richard S. Madaleno Jr | August 4, 2014
Excessive drinking among college students is a public health problem that is larger than just the colleges and universities. It is a problem for our entire state. The more than 270,000 students attending college in Maryland comprise a large and critical segment of our future workforce. This is why I was proud to work with the leadership and staff of the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems this legislative session to ban the sale of extreme-strength "grain" alcohol.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
The Milton Inn   is running a Lobster, Champagne & Chocolate prix-fixe dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays through September. For $32, guests get a 1-1/2 pound Maine lobster with a choice of two sides from the a la carte menu, along with one glass of Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut and a chocolate truffle. Call 410-771-4366 for reservations. Corner BYOB   in Hampden has a new $25 three-course prix-fixe menu every Monday. On tonight's menu are things like seafood corn bisque, port marinated grilled beef heart, herb-infused lobster and corn risotto, pan-seared trout fillet, and beer-braised pork belly.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Pizza, life's cheesy cure-all, makes a strong case as the ideal bar food because it's easy to share and rarely fails to please a crowd. The fact it goes hand-in-hand with beer helps, of course.  And while Baltimore is not often associated with pizza, the city has plenty of bars that serve high-quality pies and drinks in comfortable tavern settings. Verde, Birroteca, Johnny Rad's, HomeSlyce, Barfly's and Joe Squared have a verve all their own.  So let us highlight one more cozy pub deftly marrying pizza and a thoughtful bar program: Hersh's Pizza & Drinks in Riverside.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | July 10, 2014
Excessive drinking accounts for 10 percent of deaths among working-age adults, making it the leading cause of preventable death of Americans, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The alcohol use killed about 88,000 people aged 20 to 64 a year from 2006 to 2010, shortening their lives by about 30 years. They died from health effects including breast cancer, liver disease and heart disease, as well as from violence, alcohol poisoning and car crashes.
NEWS
March 30, 2003
The Harford County Highway Safety Committee is cooperating with five Central Maryland jurisdictions in a campaign to reduce drinking and driving among college students. Area police departments also will be looking for drunken drivers with added patrols and checkpoints through early next month, during the college spring break season. "The use of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle creates a danger and hardship not only for the young driver, but for all Harford County citizens," said Kathy Acquavella, Harford County's highway safety coordinator.
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By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Staff Writer | March 3, 1993
In an effort to curb under-age substance abuse, a gubernatorial commission recommended yesterday an increase in the state tax on alcoholic beverages to pay for advertisements that would counter ads that glamorize alcohol use.The tax increase would be used to pay for production of slickly packaged public service announcements to compete with the million-dollar ad campaigns touting alcoholic beverages and to fund substance abuse treatment programs.The Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission also called for formation of a coalition of national, state and local groups concerned with under-age drinking to pressure advertisers.
ENTERTAINMENT
Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
While sitting at the L-shaped bar inside Remington's Parts & Labor on a recent Wednesday evening, it was easy to get distracted. There was no doubt we were in a restaurant attached to a premium butcher shop: Beautiful hunks of meat were on full display, cooking on the large, open grill that greets eyes and noses upon entering. An employee prepared more meat with a gliding slicer that moved so gracefully that I could not help but wonder its cost. Jimi Hendrix's “Purple Haze,” played at a level that still encouraged conversation, added to the atmosphere's unstuffy comfort.
NEWS
July 7, 2014
In Howard County, it's perfectly legal to consume the biggest, most gargantuan family-size bag of barbecue-flavored potato chips at one sitting and wash it down with a case of the most sugary soda ever made. Or, if that's not your taste, perhaps something more along the lines of the Homer Simpson diet with a thousand glazed doughnuts and a 64-ounce carton of chocolate syrup. County employees can partake of this artery-clogging, stomach-distending meal as often as they'd like. So can public school students.
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