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Know your beer: A social butterfly’s guide to premium brews

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:34 PM

What to drink and when to drink it

[Two Pronged] My mother, the (former) alcoholic

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:35 PM

'I am now 33 years old. I am still unmarried. It is her fault. I have many girlfriends and then I leave them.'

Ben Affleck gets honest about alcohol addiction

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:12 AM

'Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle,' Ben Affleck says in an Instagram post

BEN AFFLECK. The actor speaks about his latest battle with alcohol addiction. Photo from Shutterstock

Alcohol responsible for 1 in 20 deaths worldwide – WHO

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:22 AM

The study also finds that men are particularly at risk, accounting for more than 3 quarters of alcohol-related deaths

'DEADLY'. Alcohol kills 3 million people worldwide each year, a study finds. File photo by bogdanhoda/Shutterstock

Emperador launches 3 new The Bar variants for the new ‘GINeration’

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Think gin is a tito drink? You have to try these.

Asian Games ban: No boozing in athletes' village

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Organizers remind athletes that drinking and smoking are not allowed in the athletes' village

ASIAD VILLAGE. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (second from left) walks next to Jakarta's Governor Anis Baswedan (left) during their visit to the athletes' village before the Asian Games kickoff. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Zero tolerance: No safe level of alcohol, study says

Aug 24, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Despite recent research showing that light-to-moderate drinking reduces heart disease, a new study says alcohol use is more likely than not to do harm

Teetotallers, like big drinkers, more prone to dementia – study

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The research also finds that – among moderate drinkers – wine consumption correlated with a lower risk of dementia than beer or spirits, such as whiskey, gin or vodka

LIQUOR. A file photo of a liquor store in Glasgow. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

A hangover pill? Tests on drunk mice show promise

May 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The ability to efficiently break down alcohol quickly should help patients wake up earlier and prevent alcohol poisoning. It should also protect their liver from alcohol–associated stress and damage.

Keep the buzz. Lose the hangover. By bogdanhoda/

Does alcohol cause PMS?

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Drinking may be the cause, rather than the consequence, of some premenstrual syndrome cases, according to researchers

Alcohol guidelines in many countries may not be safe – study

Apr 13, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Research says regularly drinking more than 100 grammes of alcohol per week – about 5 or 6 medium glasses of wine or pints of beer – is linked to a shorter life expectancy for men and women

Mouse study shows how alcohol may cause cancer

Jan 04, 2018 - 10:42 PM

It has long been suspected that alcohol consumption contributes to seven types of cancer – of the mouth, throat, larynx or voice box, oesophagus or food pipe, breast, liver and bowel

LIQUOR. A file photo of a liquor store in Glasgow. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Bohol town ordinance penalizes trouble-making drunkards

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:04 AM

Trinidad town's new ordinance aims to promote public health and to 'discipline people who are habitual drunkards and who cause detrimental act to public morale and safety'

ANTI-DRUNK LAW. Local officials of Trinidad in Bohol want less incidents caused by drunkenness in their town. Photo from

#PugadBaboy: Making It Fun

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

FACT CHECK: Barangay Loyola Heights bans alcohol sale – report

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:51 PM

Is selling alcohol now prohibited in Barangay Loyola Heights, Quezon City?

After Vegas massacre, U.S. gun lobby backs calls for new curbs

Oct 06, 2017 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,' the National Rifle Association says

San Miguel may battle with Asahi, Kirin over Vietnam brewer Sabeco

Apr 04, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Philippines most diversified conglomerate will participate in the public bidding for the sale of an 89 59 stake in Sabeco which will be conducted by the Vietnamese government

TAPS THE KEG. San Miguel is not the only brewer that has set it sights on Sabeco. Nikkei Asian Review reports that Asahi and Kirin are also interested. Rappler file photo

India's highways run dry after court liquor ban

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:47 PM

Liquor shops are now banned from operating within a range of 500 meters from India s highways where 17 traffic accident deaths occur every hour

LIQUOR BAN. LIQUOR BAN. India's ban on liquor shops along highways takes effect April 1. Photo from Wikipedia.

Drug against alcoholism works, researchers claim

Mar 18, 2017 - 7:39 AM

According to the UN s World Health Organization 3 3 million deaths around the globe every year are the result of harmful alcohol use – almost 6 of all deaths

Ben Affleck confirms rehab for alcoholic addiction

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:13 AM

‘I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step ’ Ben says

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 10: Actor Ben Affleck attends the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' "The Accountant" at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images/AFP

Addiction is a crisis, not a character flaw – US surgeon general

Nov 17, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: We must help everyone see that addiction is not a character flaw – it is a chronic illness that we must approach with the same skill and compassion with which we approach heart disease diabetes and cancer

Iraq booze ban sparks political backlash

Oct 24, 2016 - 1:00 AM

A provision banning the sale import and production of alcohol is sneaked into a measure approved by the Iraqi parliament

An Iraqi man buys liquor from a closed shop, that is selling illegaly through a window, in the capital Baghdad on October 23, 2016. Iraq's parliament on October 22, voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties. / AFP PHOTO / SABAH ARAR

Woman screams in pain during caning in Indonesia's Aceh

Oct 17, 2016 - 8:28 PM

6 couples were found guilty of breaking Islamic laws that ban intimacy such as touching hugging and kissing between unmarried people

SHARIA LAW. Religious officers bring an Acehnese youth onstage before a public caning event as punishment for dating outside of marriage, which is against sharia law, outside a mosque in Banda Aceh on August 1, 2016. File photo by AFP/CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

Afghanistan burns 5 tons of drugs, alcohol in single blaze

Oct 16, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The country s national drug use rate stands at 11 one of the highest in the world according to the United Nations

Exercise may offset health risks of drinking – study

Sep 08, 2016 - 11:45 PM

While there are no firm conclusions researchers say the results provide an additional argument for the role of physical activity in promoting health

Beer pong: China's Ma drinks to table tennis glory

Aug 01, 2016 - 12:36 PM

The world’s top ping pong player Ma Long is working on his nerves under pressure by drinking a new secret substance: booze

CHEERS. China's Ma Long, seen here at the ITTF World Tour Japan Open table tennis tournament in June 2016, is drinking booze to help calm his nerves for competitions. KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP

CloseUp concert tragedy: Paalala sa tamang paggamit ng gamot

Jun 13, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Panawagan ng maraming grupo ngayon na gawing legal ang mga ipinagbabawal na gamot upang higit na mapangasiwaan ang paggamit nito

CONCERT DRUGS. The National Bureau of Investigation shows journalists samples of illegal drugs normally confiscated at rave parties. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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Jun 07, 2016 - 8:02 PM

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Malaysia to raise drinking age to 21

Jun 01, 2016 - 5:49 PM

The new threshold goes into effect on December 1 2017 along with a new requirement that manufacturers add warnings on the health dangers of alcohol consumption to their product labels

Drunk and woke up naked: Was I raped?

May 29, 2016 - 2:38 PM

She blacked out from alcohol and woke up in her hotel room the next morning with blood everywhere

12 dead after buying, drinking homemade alcohol

May 17, 2016 - 4:01 PM

Police said they were still investigating what the bootleg liquor contained

BOOTLEG ALCOHOL. This picture taken on February 7, 2016 shows materials allegedly used to make bootleg alcohol that killed several people in Sleman. AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO / STR

Christian woman caned in Indonesia for selling booze

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:49 PM

It was the first time someone from outside the Islamic faith has been punished under strict religious laws

CANED. Two sharia policewomen help a woman after she received a caning for breaking Islamic law during a public punishment in Banda Aceh on March 1, 2016.  FILE PHOTO BY AFP/CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

Mango lager? India's thirst for craft beer grows

Apr 06, 2016 - 10:05 PM

Indians who consume 425 million cases of beer a year are developing their own craft beers

In this photograph taken on March 31, 2016, Head Brewer at The Biere Club, Rohit Jairam Parwani tastes craft beer at the microbrewery in Bangalore.  India's version of craft brewing is seeing scores of thirsty tipplers sample everything from coconut stout to mango lager, as tastes mature in a country that has traditionally only downed strong liquor "to get a kick". / AFP PHOTO / Manjunath Kiran / TO GO WITH AFP STORY INDIA-ECONOMY-BEVERAGE-BEER BY TRUDY HARRIS

Goodbye vodka? Russians toast craft beer revolution

Apr 05, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Craft beer gains ground in Russia as drinkers tastes become more fancy and young Russians learn to make beer themselves

A man looks at a bottle of beer in the shopping area of a craft beer bar in Moscow on February 15, 2016. Bearded hipsters and bespectacled 20-somethings sip pale ales and dark stouts at Garden Beer, one of Moscow's new craft beer bars serving "made in Russia" brews to an increasingly discerning clientele. While the craft beer revolution swept North America and Western Europe years ago, Russia is now catching up at a time when it is trying to shrug off a vodka-swilling reputation.   / AFP / Vasily MAXIMOV / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ANAIS LLOBET

#PugadBaboy: Culinary arts

Mar 05, 2016 - 5:00 AM

26 die after drinking homemade alcohol

Feb 08, 2016 - 2:31 PM

Most of the victims are believed to be students

Rum for all seasons: 5 easy cocktail recipes to try

Feb 06, 2016 - 7:56 AM

Make every occasion special with these delicious mixes that you can make yourself

Holiday hangovers: What happens to us when we get drunk

Dec 21, 2015 - 1:35 PM

So this Christmas drink only if you’re feeling festive and maybe switch out the gin for some eggnog

#PugadBaboy: Life is short

Nov 28, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Healthcare, telco, water are most trusted industries – survey

Oct 23, 2015 - 5:51 PM

The 2015 PH Trust Index survey shows that trust in businesses is heavily driven by how companies treat their employees

MOST TRUSTED. The healthcare industry has been the most trusted industry since 2012, according to EON's 2015 Philippine Trust Index survey. Photo from Shutterstock

Smoking, alcohol, obesity tar Europe's bill of health – WHO

Sep 23, 2015 - 6:32 PM

While Europeans are living longer than ever before increases in life expectancy and declines in premature mortality may flatten off if the 3 big lifestyle risk factors are not dealt with a senior WHO director says

Salt, unsafe sex and booze: lifestyle killers on the rise

Sep 11, 2015 - 11:53 AM

A recent study shows that high blood pressure – which is easily diagnosed and readily treated – was the top health risk in 2013 contributing to 10 4 million deaths

How poverty affects street children psychologically

Aug 08, 2015 - 8:00 PM

To break the cycle of poverty the first step is to admit that poverty is also psychological

Photo by Amelie van den Brink

AC/DC's Phil Rudd denies breaking booze ban

Aug 03, 2015 - 10:50 AM

The 61 year old drummer is under an alcohol ban as one of the conditions of an 8 month sentence of home detention

Mumbai toxic alcohol deaths reach 100

Jun 22, 2015 - 9:30 PM

The death toll from India s latest case of mass bootleg liquor poisoning rises to 100 as authorities in Mumbai pledge to crack down on the illicit trade

POISON. Relatives carry the body of Maan Singh, who died after consuming of poisonous liquor, during his funeral in Mumbai, India, 20 June 2015. Photo by Divyakant Solanki / EPA

Death toll from Mumbai liquor poisoning rises to 90

Jun 21, 2015 - 1:04 AM

The latest incident is the worst case of its kind to be recorded in Mumbai since 2004 when around 100 people died

HOMEBREW. Indian men unload so-called country-made liquor crates near a country-made liquor shop in Calcutta, Eastern India on October 23, 2013. File photo by Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Toxic liquor kills 33 in Mumbai

Jun 19, 2015 - 3:48 PM

The victims start falling ill on Wednesday morning after consuming the illicit moonshine

HOMEBREW. Indian men unload so-called country-made liquor crates near a country-made liquor shop in Calcutta, Eastern India on October 23, 2013. File photo by Piyal Adhikary/EPA

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Jun 19, 2015 - 9:14 AM

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