The drunk man’s alphabet

Drinking terms from A to Z.

Drinking terms from A to Z.

A true drinker is constantly remembered of alcohol. Don’t blame us for that, it’s society’s fault. Reminders of booze are simply everywhere. Don’t believe it? Can you say without blinking that an oak tree doesn’t make you thirsty? No? Oak, cork, wine, let’s drink! Or what about a documentary on animals in African savanna traveling miles in search of a place to drink? Your driver who says he need to ‘tank gas’? See, it’s everywhere. The same goes for every letter in the alphabet. That’s why we decided to write the drunk man’s alphabet down. In a little rhyme, like we used to learn as kids. It goes a bit far to call this poetry, but we put it in that category anyway. Ah who cares, hope you’ll enjoy it. Cheers.

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Drunk joke: the cuckoo-clock

When the cuckoo in the clock gets drunk...

When the cuckoo in the clock gets drunk…

Let’s lighten the mood with a drinking joke. In the traditional ones usually the man comes home drunk to his wife. But this is the 21st century and it’s about time we recognize that emancipated women now come home drunk to their husbands too. Hope you like it and if so, remember that we have a lot more drunk jokes in our special dossier. Cheers!

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Frank Sinatra, the ultimate entertainer who did it ‘his way’, the drunk way

Frank Sinatra (right) and his buddy Dean Martin in a classic pose; smoking and drinking on a night out.

Frank Sinatra (right) and his buddy Dean Martin in a classic pose; smoking and drinking on a night out.

Few people have left a bigger legacy in the American show business as Frank Sinatra (1915-1998). His songs are still played all over the world and he also had a flourishing career starring in movies and musicals. In Las Vegas he was the main attraction to lure gamblers into the casino’s. In this role he hosted parties where he became good friends with important people like John F. Kennedy as well as some of the highest ranked mobsters in the United States. Sure his career knew ups and downs but the total picture  was quite impressive for a man who was also known for his heavy drinking. Many times the nickname “Watery Bloodshot Eyes’ seemed more appropriate than “Ol’ Blue Eyes”. But just when many people had written him off in the sixties, he slapped back with the monsterhit “My way“. The song had Sinatra written all over it. He did do it his way, the crazy drunk way.

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Hapukapsasupp, the Estonian sauerkraut soup that kills hangovers

The Estonian cure: hapukapsasupp.

The Estonian cure: hapukapsasupp.

We already gave you some tips and tricks to get rid of your hangover. But every country has its own traditional dishes to make the process go faster. We like to give you a taste of the international anti-hangover cuisine. In this episode we will explain how to make a dish from Estonia that goes by the great name hapukapsasupp, which literally means sauerkraut soup. It is commonly served for breakfast at for example fraternity houses. In other words: places where people can use a hangover cure. It’s pretty easy to make and quite effective.

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Pyotr Tchaikovsky, a brilliant drunkard who died from drinking water

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a brilliant composer and a great drinker.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a brilliant composer and a great drinker.

The Russian translation of the words “versatile composer” could well be Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The Russian musician who walked the earth for only 53 years (1840-1893) had a big impact on Russian art. He wrote ballets, operas, symphonies and various kinds of other classical music. His work conquored the world and with that he was a pioneer who single-handedly opened doors for the next generation of Russian artists. Like a true musician Tchaikovsky was far from a teetotaler. Even for a Russian he drunk so much that many people label him an alcoholic. His early death however had nothing to do with alcohol, ironically it was water that killed the famous composer.

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Alcohol consumption prevents memory loss at an older age

Drinking on an older age can prevent memory loss.

Drinking on an older age can prevent memory loss.

It’s a known fact that huge amounts of alcohol can cause some memory loss. From a simple black out after a productive night to permanent damage on the brain like Korsakoff syndrome. It’s all fuel (maybe a bad choice of words considering they are teetotalers) for the engine of anti-alcohol propaganda. But now a combined research by three American universities shows that the intake of alcohol can actually prevent dementia among older people. Their study shows that moderate drinking after 60 years old can keep the ability to recall memories intact. So not only do drinkers outlive the abstinent, they enjoy the final stages of their lives a lot more too.

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Mickey Mantle, American baseball legend and one hell of a drinker

Mickey Mantle could hit a ball both right- and left-handed as well as he could hit the bars.

Mickey Mantle could hit a ball both right- and left-handed as well as he could hit the bars.

There is little as sad and as beautiful as the early death of an exceptional talent. No matter if it’s a musician, an actor or a sportsman. When the big crowd gets emotional and concludes ‘you went too soon’, the talented gets the status of an unfortunate genius and a legend is born. Sportsmen destroying themselves are even more beautiful. Because of the irony since they were once physically on top of the world. Because their downfall seems to prove the reputation of a misunderstood artist. And because we will never remember them as dementing elderly who wet their pants, but always as young and full of (wasted) potential. All of this makes the tragic life of American baseball legend Mickey Mantle (1931-1995) also a beautiful one. This icon of the New York Yankees is considered one of the greatest in his sport ever, even though he was known to show up for games with a hangover.

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