This UNCW Student is Taking A Stand Against Sexual Harassment in Local Bar Scene

The Fight Against Sexual Harassment Starts Here

This poster has a simple but powerful message: “It’s not just a slap on the *ss, It’s a crime.”

This UNCW Student is Looking to End Sexual Harassment in Local Bar Scene

Image from Elise Yost // Yost plans to work with Wilmington bar owners & managers to hang this sign in local establishments

If you’ve ever been a victim of inappropriate or unwanted touching while out at a bar, you’re not alone. Sadly, tales of someone being groped at a bar are a dime a dozen.

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Enjoy the classics! Try this easy classic lime margarita recipe.

Hold That Margarita! We Might Be Facing a Global Tequila Shortage

Tequila prices rise due to Agave shortage

Put down that Margarita! This might be a bitter cocktail to swallow.

Say It Ain't So! Global Tequila Shortage On Horizon

The next time you go out for margaritas, be prepared to dole out a lot more for your favorite Mexican Spirit. The Cause? The global rise in demand for pure Tequila is causing a shortage of the agave plant.

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5 Cozy Cocktails That Will Keep You Warm All Winter

Winter sucks, but these cocktails are hot!

When winter temperatures creep lower and lower, these cozy cocktails are sure to warm you right up!

5 Cozy Cocktails That Will Keep You Warm All Winter

This winter has been brutal for folks all across the country, including us here in the Port City. Snow in this coastal town is rare but we’ve already had our fair share of it. But we sure know how to make the best of an icey-cold snow day: Some nice, warm, cozy cocktails.

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How to protect your drink at a holiday party

How to Avoid Drink Spiking at Holiday Parties

Don’t let some Grinch ruin your party

Here’s how you can avoid having someone spike your drink at the holidays.

We all love to get extra festive for the holidays, but some individuals see this time of year as an easy way to take advantage of others. From the seemingly harmless lines of a classic Christmas Song to poorly thought through holiday campaigns, the concept of drink spiking is strangely engrained in media this time of year.

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Traditional Christmas Cocktails For The Holidays

Traditional Christmas Cocktails for the Holidays

Making the holidays bright with a sip

Nothing spreads cheer quite like these traditional Christmas cocktails that are perfect for the holidays.

Traditional Christmas Cocktails For The Holidays

No holiday gathering is complete without a signature cocktail or two. Luckily, the holidays are full of traditional cocktails from around the world for you to enjoy. These recipes are sure to warm and delight your spirits.

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Top Christmas Gifts For Folks Who Drink

6 Great Christmas Gifts for Drinkers

Deck the halls with these boozy gifts

Give the gift your booze loving friends and family can’t be without! These 6 gifts for drinkers are the perfects for the holidays.

6 Great Christmas Gifts for Drinkers

Want to give your uncle something other than the same old expensive whiskey again this year? Can’t think of a present for your wine loving cowoker? No worries, we’ve got you covered.

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Spotting the Signs of Drink Tampering

Look for these 6 Warning Signs

These 6 simple warning signs are important to look out for if you think your drink may have been tampered with.

Spotting The Signs Of Drink Tampering

Drink spiking can be a scary but foreign topic for some people. The “that will never happen to me” mentality is strong with younger generations, but can often backfire if you aren’t careful with your drink. Even if you turn away for just a few seconds, an unattended drink can be an invitation to a predator who is looking for an opportunity.

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How to Drink Smarter than you did in College

The Easy Guide to Smart Drinking

Drink Wisely, Weedhopper

Drinking smarter can be super easy if you follow these helpful tips.

Keeping track of how much your drink doesn't need to be a challenge.

Somewhere between the ages of 24 and 30, people lose their drive to go out and party, and adopt new ways to enjoy a drink with friends instead. It’s usually around this time when you also start to notice that the drink hits you harder than it did before…especially the next day.

As we get older, the reckless drinking habits we picked up in college take more of a toll on our bodies. Luckily, we can learn to undo those habits with a few easy tricks and get back to enjoying a drink or two without the nasty consequences.

While there’s no guaranteed level of drinking that’s absolutely risk-free, adopting these smart drinking habits can make all of the difference.

 

Take it Slow

There’s no need to rush. How fast your body absorbs alcohol relies on a few factors, including how quickly the alcohol is consumed. The faster you drink, the faster the feeling hits you and goes away, so you may find yourself slamming back another one quickly to keep that buzz going. That method can really backfire on you. If you drink a higher proof alcohol for over a half-hour to an hour long period, you will feel the effects longer and may not be tempted to drink more than you can handle.

 

Learn to sip, not binge

Going shot for shot with the guys/gals might have been fun in your early twenties, but it gets pretty rough as time goes on. Balancing out the quantity of how much you drink with how long you take to drink them can dramatically change how you feel afterward. You are less likely to order another cocktail while you already have one that you’re still working on. So, selectively sipping can help you cut down on how much you are drinking.

 

Don’t forget to Eat

You might think you’re saving on calories by passing on eating before imbibing on some cocktails, but trading calories isn’t the best idea. Having no food in your stomach can make you feel alcohol’s effects faster and make that ‘drunk’ feeling come on very strong. Eating food that has protein and/or fat helps to slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol, which helps mitigate the negative impacts of alcohol in the body.

Don’t forget that alcohol dehydrates you, so it’s always a good idea to drink some water between glasses.

 

Stick to Light or Clear Liquors

While I used to believe this was an Old Wives Tale, sticking with light or clear liquors can have a big impact on your likelihood to get a hangover. The darker your wine, beer, or spirit is the more likely there are extra compounds present. These extra compounds can be impurities picked up during the barrel aging process or derived from the fermenting of the skin of darker grapes. We often associate sulfites and tannins as the major culprits that cause the sensation we know as “Red Wine Headache.” It’s these extra compounds that add up to your nasty hangover.

 

If it bubbles, think twice

There’s no harm in popping a little bubbly for a special occasion. But watch out! Studies have shown that carbonated drinks & mixers, like Champagne, are absorbed by the body faster than other drinks. It also doesn’t help that too many of those sweet bubbly mixers can leave you with a wicked hangover. So, if you’ve ever thought those brunch mimosas go straight to your head, you’re probably right.

 

With the right adjustments, you can find your new sweet spot when it comes to drinking. If you want to explore taking alcohol out of your diet, that’s okay too.

 

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More Bartenders Are Working to Stop Sexual Harassment

Bartenders are Working to Stop Sexual Harassment

The Safe Bars Program empowers bartenders to shut down sexual harassment through training and education.

More Bartenders Are Working to Stop Sexual Harassment

Image from Safe Bars // Training bar staff to stand up against sexual violence

You’ve just finished getting ready for a night out with your friends at your favorite place. Only to be badgered by a stranger with unwanted attention once you get there. You feel unseasy, unsafe maybe, in that situation but are unsure of what to do next or how to get away.

Does this scene sound familiar? No one ever expects that something could happen to them while they’re out with friends, or worse by being taken advantage of in an altered state. But everything can change in a single moment.

The Safe Bars Program is training bartenders to recognize the signs and stop sexual harassment and date rape in its tracks. The program aims to teach bartenders the skills to assist their patrons out of potentially dangerous situations.

Think kind of like the “Angel Shot“, but with more of a hands on approach.

They educate bartenders and staff about bystander intervention techniques to defuse unwanted interaction between individuals – and if you’ve ever been a woman at a bar or club, that’s pretty common.

Research shows that one in four women will experience sexual assault of some kind in their lifetime, and the Safe Bars Program is helping to chip away at that statistic.

With more bartenders on the lookout for would be predators, you can feel a little bit safer during that next Tinder date.

For more information on the Safe Bars Program head over to their website to see how you and local establishments can get involved.

 

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