Drinkhacker Reads – 12.30.2014 – End of Year Wrap Up Edition

Things are winding down for 2014 and we’re getting ready to welcome in 2015 with a bang tomorrow. Here’s what’s been happening since we were on break for the holiday season:

• In case this wasn’t already obvious to everyone, a new report claims we drink more in the winter months than any other time of year. [CBS Detroit]

• In another victory for evolutionary theory, scientists got a bunch of birds drunk to find out if they slur their speech. They do. [Washington Post]

• NPR’s Noah Adams files a report about the demand for bourbon barrels reaching record levels. [NPR]

• The New York Times‘ Clay Risen provides an excellent and balanced account of the Balcones Saga. As an epilogue to the story, Chip Tate’s lawyers are now suing him for legal fees. This whole situation could very well serve as Season 2 for Serial. [New York Times]

• This one’s for the ladies: NPR (which now stands for National Pub Resource apparently) continues the much-needed coverage of women in the whiskey industry. Bustle supplements the article with a listcle of things one should not say to a lady ordering whiskey at a bar. [Bustle]

• If you’re in the UK, it might be a good idea to switch from vodka to something else this year. A warning has been issued over deadly, fake vodka now on sale around the country. [Telegraph UK]

• Finally — and most importantly today — while you’re enjoying New Year’s Eve, please do be mindful to enjoy in moderation. And should you find yourself being a bit overserved, do err on the side of caution and find a ride home. There are plenty of local free ride services available, and we want you back for more fun in 2015. Have a safe and happy time kissing 2014 goodbye!

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