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Drunk is the new barefoot and pregnant

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Drunk is the new barefoot and pregnant. Both work equally well to keep women from posing a threat to men in the marketplace, which may explain why “heavy drinking has been normalized” for the sex that isn’t built to metabolize alcohol. Men can be stewed to the gills and nevertheless stay in high places for an entire career. For women, the distance from first drink to rode hard, put away wet is a lot shorter. It’s not fair, but the…

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Mayors ask Pinellas to reconsider Sunday morning alcohol sales ban

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Some Pinellas mayors want the Pinellas County Commission to relax its ban on selling alcohol before 11 a.m. on Sundays. Allowing sales earlier in the day, they say, is a matter of smart economics, a sign of a progressive region, and a tourist-friendly idea. “In our minds, it’s just sort of a leftover law that doesn’t have any use anymore,” said R.B. Johnson, mayor of Indian Rocks Beach, of his council’s favorable stance on changing the rule. “We just felt…

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Blue Laws restricting Sunday booze may soon be lifted in Pinellas

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Super Bowl Sunday was this past weekend, one of the booziest of all Sundays. Yet, people hosting parties in Pinellas County couldn’t throw the beer in their grocery carts any earlier than 11 a.m. And all those tourists flooding the county’s beaches during the winter months (or any month, for that matter) can’t hit the Bloody Mary bar before 11 either. Why? Because Pinellas County abides by a set of regulations — known as Blue Laws — that allow counties…

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Retailers, business owners reaffirm call to repeal Florida “wall of alcohol separation”

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A coalition of Florida retailers and business owners are reaffirming “unwavering support” for the effort to repeal the state’s Prohibition-era alcohol separation law. In an announcement Friday, Floridians for Fair Business Practices (FFBP) doubled down on its support for “free market and pro-business values” while blasting opponents, who they claim are using “false arguments on competition and scare tactics in alcohol access to minors.” Florida is one of the 20 states with a separation law between liquor stores and other…

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Former Stanley Cup champ Darryl Sydor arrested for drunken driving

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Darryl Sydor, perhaps the most important mid-season acquisition of the Tampa Bay Lightning during its Stanley Cup season, faces two counts of drunken driving involving endangerment of a child in Minnesota. Sydor, 43, who said last spring he was a recovering alcoholic, was arrested Thursday evening when he failed field sobriety tests after being stopped by police. Tests showed he has a blood alcohol reading of 0.30 percent, almost twice the legal limit of .16. Sydor, now the assistant coach…

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New trend: Women are turning into lushes

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Binge drinking among women is on the rise nationwide according to a study published by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington earlier this month. According to data, binge drinking among women rose 17.5 percent between 2005 and 2012 while men only increased the prevalence of binging on alcohol by 4.9 percent. For this study, binge drinking was defined as four or more drinks on one occasion in a single month for women and five…

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Frats are finding themselves under fire for bad behavior

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Racist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing. Fraternities around the country seem to be coming under fire as never before over behavior that would shock the frat boys of “Animal House.” Despite a major national push to reduce drinking and sexual assault on campus and increase diversity, some fraternity chapters have failed to clean up their act. Universities — and the fraternities’ national offices — are quickly punishing the offenders amid yet more promises of…

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