If you have $199 to spare, you can get a supposedly high quality breathalyzer for your smartphone (currently certain Android phones, with the iPhone breathalyzer version coming soon). Lapka recently introduced the Breath Alcohol Monitor (BAM), which is an accessory for your smartphone that allows you to electronically, and hopefully accurately, measure your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) so that you’ll know whether you’re at the legal limit before you get into your car after a night of drinking. According to the company fact sheet, the LAPKA BAM is ceramic, making it durable and aesthetically pleasing, and the long battery life allows it to go several months in between charging.
Snake Venom by Brewmeister is now the world’s strongest beer, at a supreme hangover-delivering 67.5 percent ABV. It reportedly also costs £50 (approx. $80) for a 9-ounce bottle. The funniest part is that there is a warning on the label that says one should not drink more than 1 ounce of the brew in a single sitting.
According to the company’s website: “The alcohol is very strong but the beer still tastes like a beer rather than a spirit. It’s hoppy, malty, and very pleasant.”
Yeah, we’ll just have to take your word on that, buddy.
Yes, this really happened. As reported by WTVM9 in Columbus, Georgia:
Six adults and two young children were inside watching television when the room began filling with smoke. After the children were rescued and everyone made it outside safely, a man who walks with a cane went back in the burning house to retrieve something he left behind.
“I told them to get the kids out and everything, and me myself, being an alcoholic, I was trying to get my beer out,” said Walter Serpit, “I went back into the house like a dummy and the door shut on me because this back draft was about to kill me.”
Serpit managed to save several cans of beer and he escaped the home without getting burned.
Man enters burning house to rescue beer [via WTVM.com]
Twenty-two year old Matthew Cordle was the Ohio man who gained nationwide attention for publicly admitting he killed a man while driving drunk on June 22 of this year. Today Cordle was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison and a lifetime suspension of his driver’s license, along with a $1,075 fine in addition to court costs. The judge in the case had the youtube video Cordle made played in the courtroom as an official part of the hearing.
“It should have been me instead of an innocent man. I vow that I’ll do everything I can to prevent it from happening again and his memory from fading,” Cordle was reported as having told the judge.
Produced by Leo Burnett London, this is an anti-drunk driving PSA that scares the bejesus out of unsuspecting bar patrons in the bathroom when a fake bloody mannequin head smashes through the mirror as they wash their hands, as though a car accident occurred right in front of them. Though the patrons were actually paid actors, it’s still a pretty cool segment.
According to a news story making the rounds in Australia:
Dunwich police conducted a road side breath test on a female driver in Snapper Street, Point Lookout about 1pm. The 27-year-old recorded a reading of .126 per cent and was charged with drink driving. A short time later police stopped the same car which was now being driven by the passenger, a 34-year-old man from Redbank Plains. He recorded a breath test reading of .110 per cent and was also charged with drink driving. The couple were released but shortly afterwards the man was observed by police in Point Lookout driving the vehicle again. The man again recorded a positive breath test and was charged with drink driving as well as driving while suspended. Incredibly the couple returned to their vehicle and the woman again got behind the wheel. They were again stopped by police and the woman was n charged with drink driving and driving while suspended.
In Prestbury, South Africa, Russell George was driving recently when he noticed a police van swerving. The police vehicle would come to a stop and suddenly start off again, leading George to believe the officer behind the wheel was drunk.
PIETERMARIZBURG man arrested an allegedly drunk police officer and locked him up in the back of his police van after watching him drive recklessly through the city streets.
Russell George, of Prestbury, said he was coming down Stott Street and about to enter Mayor’s Walk at about 8 pm on Sunday when he noticed a police van driving fast and recklessly .
“He was driving towards oncoming traffic as he turned into Victoria Road. At this point I was concerned about the safety of other road users,” self-employed George told The Witness. “He suddenly jammed on his brakes and came to a complete stop. I got out of my car and went towards him and I asked him if he knew what he was doing. He started his car and carried on driving.”
George decided it would be best to call 10111. He was told the police would be there shortly.
“After five minutes, no one had arrived. So I jumped out of my car and I approached the driver’s side and asked him to come out. He looked at me and I could smell that he had been drinking.
“I asked him again, and he refused.
“I then grabbed his keys, pulled him out and locked him in the back of his own van,” George said.
The intoxicated police officer, who reportedly began crying after being locked in his own vehicle by the civilian, was arrested and his firearm removed from his person. It turned out there had also been a report from earlier the same evening of the cop pulling a gun on his girlfriend at a nightclub, and a motor vehicle collision in which witnesses identified a police van as having left the scene. The unnamed officer reportedly explained it was his birthday and friends bought him a bottle of alcohol. He did not deny being drunk.
‘Sloshed cop’ stopped [via The Witness]
Hopefully this won’t turn into the next big thing for college students looking for a quick buzz. The Vaportini is a $35 gadget that vaporizes alcohol, at which point it can be inhaled into the lungs. Taking alcohol into the body this way, the effects of intoxication are felt much more quickly than imbibing alcohol either orally (or via any other orifice).
The device works similarly to a traditional vaporizer. It uses a candle to heat an alcohol source to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, releasing intoxicating vapors which are then inhaled via a straw. By skipping the digestive system, the Vaportini allows alcohol to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream via the lungs. This compares to when a drink is taken in the traditional way, 85 percent of the alcohol is absorbed in the small intestine while 10 percent is absorbed through the stomach. Users should keep in mind that vaporized alcohol entering the bloodstream directly and not through the digestive system means that bodily protective mechanisms, including vomiting, are bypassed.
Happy New Year from Patrol Log! For some ideas on scoring quality champagne that won’t burn a hole in your pocket, check out this great article. And given the news that beer is cheaper in the U.S., relative to the median wage, than anywhere else in the world, (retail-bought, not bar-bought), see this link for the cheapest domestic beer brands that still taste great.
Beer Is Cheaper In the US Than Anywhere Else In the World [via SlashDot]