Scientists Engineered Mutant Worms That Can't Get Drunk

A team of researchers in Texas recently did something extraordinary. They made a genetic tweak to worms' brains that made it impossible for them to get drunk. More specifically, the scientists modified the worms' genes so that a molecular channel that binds alcohol to their brains would no longer work. And humans have… » 7/15/14 6:51pm 7/15/14 6:51pm

Maps of Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

Back in 2008, the Floatingsheep group collected data about the number of bars across the United States, and they compared those counts against the number of grocery stores. Their map showed what they called the "beer belly of America", which is a much higher than average number of bars in the Wisconsin area. » 5/29/14 5:40pm 5/29/14 5:40pm

Blood, Bondage, and Silver Bullets: How To Drink Gothic

Vampires and zombies, ruined castles and gloomy dungeons: the scary tropes of Gothic horror, which first terrorized the world 250 years ago with the publication of Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto, still colonize our imaginations today. What better way to celebrate the anniversary than by mixing yourself a Silver… » 5/23/14 5:00pm 5/23/14 5:00pm

Just Like Stupid Humans, Fish Get Cocky When They Drink

We humans love booze as liquid courage, but we're not the only ones who feel extra capable after a few swigs. New research shows that a tipsy zebra fish will swim faster than the sober fish in its school—like a big showoff. And just like humans, the sober fish will speed up rather than be outdone by a drunkard.… » 5/17/14 7:00pm 5/17/14 7:00pm

Let Sixpoint's Mad Scientists Show You How to Invent a Brand New Beer

Gizmodo has teamed up with Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery to create a limited-edition IPA called Hop Tech 431, brewed especially for the Home of the Future. Last week, we looked at the story behind HBC 431, the mysterious and experimental hop we've chosen to brew with. Today, we're exploring exactly what goes into… » 5/12/14 6:23pm 5/12/14 6:23pm

This substance is the secret to drink alcohol without getting drunk

Well, this could change things. Apparently there's a secret method to drinking alcohol without getting drunk. All you have to do is eat some yeast before you drink. Seriously. Line your stomach with a teaspoon of yeast for every beer you plan to drink and you'll be able to drink all night without acting like a damn… » 4/25/14 9:30pm 4/25/14 9:30pm

A Tale of Three Cocktails: How Booze and Cities Helped Each Other Boom

You might order a Manhattan—or a Berlin, or a London Buck—at your corner dive without giving it a second thought. But what you might not realize is how closely related urbanity and cocktails really are. The modern cocktail owes a lot to cities—and, in fact, cities owe a lot to booze. » 4/25/14 5:02pm 4/25/14 5:02pm