Sunday, April 19, 2015

HANGOVER CURE: THRIVE+





While studying neuroscience at Princeton University, then Sophomore Brooks Powell discovered a way to prevent hangovers. He invented Thrive+ and it is now sold online and in select retailers.


Thrive+ is a patent-pending hangover cure that mitigates the negative effects of alcohol consumption. 

Thrive+ comes in capsule (pill) form and is taken after drinking alcohol/before going to bed to prevent hangovers. 

Thrive+ primarily works to combat hangovers by reducing short-term alcohol withdrawal, the main cause of most hangover symptoms. These hangover symptoms consist of lethargy, nausea, brain fog, headaches, irritability, and general discomfort. 

Thrive+ also contains B-Vitamins, Electrolytes, Antioxidants, and liver support ingredients, making Thrive+ the most comprehensive and novel hangover cure to be invented and to be available on the market. 

Thrive+ is all-natural and is manufactured in a FDA-certified manufacturer here in the USA under full compliance with GMP regulations. It is regulated under the FDA as a dietary supplement.




Wednesday, April 15, 2015






BOOZE ADVERTISING BENDER





Beer behemoths are on an advertising bender as craft brewers slurp up drinkers.

Spending on alcohol ads has shot up 400 percent over the last four decades, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Yet the amount of booze Americans are buying has remained relatively the same. 

Brands are fighting harder to keep drinkers, but they're not convincing them to drink more.




Monday, April 13, 2015

WEEKEND HANGOVER?





You roll out of bed, look in the mirror. Your eyes are horribly sunk back in our head. You feel like drinking water and spitting it out at the same time. You roll your thick, cottony tongue around the inside of your parched mouth, and feel the back of your furry teeth. Your hands shake and your bloodshot eyes involuntarily water, shedding precious moisture from your horrifically dehydrated body.
You’re hungover, stuck with a headache and stomach nausea bad enough that you’d trade a year off your life just to feel better.
At this point, you should probably start thinking about how to cure your hangover. Let’s start with the bad news: “No compelling evidence exists to suggest that any conventional or complementary intervention is effective for preventing or treating alcohol hangover. The most effective way to avoid the symptoms of alcohol induced hangover is to practice abstinence or moderation,” according to a study in the British Medical Journal. Most studies seem to say that a hangover comes if you've drunk around five to seven drinks.
But hey, if you're hungover, or planning to tie one on, this info doesn't help you much. And if you're clicking on this article, it's probably because you're currently hungover. Don't worry about what the eggheads say; no, there's not way to completely stop a hangover cold in its tracks, but you can do a lot to make yourself feel better. We'll start off with how to cure a hangover, and then tell you what you need to do to prevent on in the future.
The Morning After:
Continuing To Drink / Hair Of The Dog
An article in the Oxford Journal Alcohol and Alcoholism puts it succinctly: “The alcohol hangover develops when blood alcohol concentration (BAC) returns to zero and is characterized by a feeling of general misery that may last more than 24 h.”
The “returns to zero” bit is significant. It can take a surprisingly long time to return to zero. So if you’re 180lb and had 10 drinks, that misery you feel 12 hours later is your body STILL returning to zero, and you feeling bad as a result. Cracking open a beer staves off that process for a little bit. 
Oh, and by the way, this is why you should never go driving the morning after a night out. You might still actually be drunk.
Electrolytes
You know how you’re always going to pee while you drink? As the US National Institute of Health explains, that’s because alcohol is a diuretic, preventing your kidneys from reabsorbing water, so you pee more. And every time you pee, you’re flushing electrolytes out your body, leading you deprived the morning after. An electrolyte-rich drink like Gatorade before sleeping or after waking up can help mitigate that.
Hydration
Remember that bit about alcohol being a diuretic? That means you were also draining your water supply somewhat. Drinking water at room temperature hydrates better than cold water. If, as happens unfortunately often, you can’t stomach drinking water afterwards, you can always have water-rich foods and vegetables like cucumbers, celery, iceberg lettuce and watermelon.
What To Eat
The most important thing is of course to have eaten beforehand. But if not, even the morning after, hunger can worsen the symptoms of your hangover, and your blood sugar may also be too low. In addition, foods can help replenish your body’s electrolytes (like salt, for example).
Simple, starchy foods are often considered to be good because they’re easy to digest and can raise your blood sugar levels, like crackers or bread. Some people also swear by burnt toast, because the carbon in the burnt toast is said to help filter the alcohol out of your body, although there’s little scientific backing for this.
Foods that help reduce nausea have the added benefit of settling your stomach. Try ginger, which settles the stomach, and consider club soda as it can also help. Clear soups are easy to digest and have the added benefit of hydrating you. If you can toss in something green to your clear soup, like cilantro or spinach, it can also help replenish the nutrients you’re now lacking.
Sleep
Not for nothing does the phrase “sleeping it off” exist. Sleep deprivation can worsen a hangover, and it’s also worth pointing that alcohol, while it makes it easier to pass out, decreases your amount of REM sleep. This can make you feel restless the day after. If you can manage to nod off for an hour or two, you might just feel better.
Caffeine
The combination of the remnant alcohol in your system, low blood sugar and possibly decreased sleep quality can make you feel sluggish and drowsy the next day. Scientists will tell you that the caffeine doesn’t actually help, but anybody who has pounded back a couple of cups of coffee the next day knows they can lifesavers.
Vitamins
If you don’t have a commercial hangover remedy pill handy, a multivitamin could do the trick. Most hangover pills are just a cocktail of different vitamins, designed to replace the ones your body lost the night before. Vitamins B1 and B6 and well as C (for its antioxidant value) are the ones you want to look for. Other ingredients include magnesium (which can help relax muscles) and fish oil.
Sex
There’s no scientific evidence that sex really helps a hangover. But anecdotally there’s a couple things leaning its way. For one, it provides a welcome mental distraction from just how crappy you feel. Second of all, part of what a hangover is comes from your hormones being thrown out of whack. The endorphins released through sex can dull the pain and give you a feeling of happiness.
But lastly, one thing to remember is that sleep is a great hangover remedy. That sleepy feeling you get after sex is not only fairly brilliant, but also can help put you down for a couple of hours, which might be all you need to feel somewhat decent.
The Night Before
Eating Heavily
Sticking to a high-fat diet before, during or after getting drunk helps decrease the rate at which your bloodstream absorbs alcohol. Wolf down a greasy cheeseburger or two, and don’t be afraid to do it before you sleep, too. One of my great victories against hangovers was learning to force my drunken self to scramble a couple eggs, fried in disgusting amounts of butter, which shaved cheese added on top, no matter how late I came home from the pub.
Hydration
glass of water between every drink is a good rule. If nothing else, if you’ve completely forgotten this rule throughout the entire evening, force yourself to choke back a pint of water before you go to sleep, and then set the glass next to the bathroom sink. When you inevitably have to get up to go pee in the middle of the night, look at the glass and then force yourself to drink another tall pint glass of water. It will do wonders. Alternatively, go for electrolyte-rich items like sports drinks or coconut water.
Prickly Pear Cactus
One of the few hangover prevention methods with any true scientific backing, it has been shown that taking the extract of the prickly pear cactus before you drink can reduce the risk of a severe hangover by up to 50 percent.
So, there's your answer. Drink water and eat greasy unhealthy food beforehand, take some prickly pear cactus if you can, take your vitamins, grab a sports drink, have a bit of ginger and clear soup with crackers on the side, and if you can, have sex and pass out blissfully afterwards. Not that you'll ever learn... 



Monday, April 6, 2015






THE PRICE ONE PAYS FOR DRINKING: 7.6 YEARS





The study, published in the journal, European Psychiatry, highlights how alcoholism affects both mental and physical health and calls for early treatment for addiction. 

According to the study, alcohol dependent patients die about 7.6 years earlier on an average than hospital patients without a history of alcohol addiction.




Sunday, April 5, 2015

CLOSED TODAY








POWDERED ALCOHOL: THE FIGHT IS ON




In 2012, Mr Mark Phillips needed a way to market his new invention: A powdered form of alcohol that could be mixed with water.
You could sprinkle it on guacamole, although snorting it would get you drunk quickly and was probably not a good idea, Mr Phillips wrote online in those earlier days.
But now, Mr Phillips has come to the attention of state and federal lawmakers who want to ban his product — which he says was inspired by a love of hiking but a distaste for carrying bottles of adult beverages uphill — and those statements have come back to haunt him.
Concerned over the potential for abuse, six states have passed legislation to ban powdered alcohol outright, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. And Senator Charles E Schumer (D-NY), introduced a bill last month that would ban its sale and manufacture nationwide.
Mr Phillips is not the first to develop a powdered form of alcohol. It has been produced in Europe and Japan, and patents have been issued before in the United States. Mr Phillips’ version, developed by his company, Lipsmark of Tempe, Arizona, was approved for sale last month by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. However, it is still subject to state regulation.
In response to the growing opposition, Mr Phillips has vigorously defended his product, called Palcohol, saying it is no more dangerous than the liquid version sold in liquor stores. Gone are the suggestions about guacamole and snorting, which he says were published on Palcohol’s website by mistake and were never a part of the marketing strategy. They have been replaced with an emphasis on the practical advantages of a lightweight drink and the need to use the product responsibly.



Saturday, April 4, 2015

LAST NIGHT @ BoHenry's





The moment I confiscated a bottle of Bud Light from a mean drunk.

The ensuing fracas resulted in said drunk getting physically ejected from the premises and flung into the middle of the road.



This ugly sonofabitch is now permanently 86'd.


If you arrive at my bar drunk and disorderly, you will not enjoy the experience.



Friday, April 3, 2015

FIRST THURSDAY: BETTER @ BoHenry's



The Nocturne Wall



Last night I did First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Santa Barbara.

It confirmed what I already know to be true:

There are finer paintings on display in BoHenry's (by a long shot) than SB's art galleries.





HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY @ BoHenry's






Saturday:  Karaoke with Whit from 9 p.m.

Closed Easter Sunday



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TONIGHT @ BoHenry's






TONIGHT: KARAOKE WITH WHIT!!





Starts at 8


ALCOHOL: AN ASTONISHING MOLECULE






The substance has nourished and intoxicated animal life long before humans walked upright. 

Yet our manipulation and consumption of alcohol led to profound physical and cultural effects—and helped make us who we are.




BEST HANGOVER DISHES





For many, food is the best cure — something to make you feel better, whether it's mental or not. 

There are the boring options —cheesy pastasegg platters — but there are intriguing ones, too. 

Read on to see the list of best hair-of-the-dog dishes.




Saturday, March 28, 2015

1790: THE MANY DANGERS OF ALCOHOLISM






After the Revolutionary war, Americans were drinking staggering amounts of alcohol. 

Tastes were swiftly changing from ciders and beers, the preference of colonial times, to hard liquors from the nation’s earliest distilleries. 

By 1830, each person, on average, was swilling more than seven gallons of alcohol per year.




IS CHLORELLA THE ULTIMATE HANGOVER CURE?






Chlorella is a single-celled, fresh water algae which is cultivated mostly in Asia. 
It has a very tough, indigestible cellulose wall, so it is milled after harvesting into powder or tablet form to enable it to be absorbed by the body.
Tipper Lewis, head herbalist at Neal's Yard Remedies, tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle that chlorella has the highest chlorophyll levels of the plant world at 3-5%. 
That'll explain why it's so green.
"It's also packed with a substance called Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) which allows chlorella to go through its reproductive cycle in one day."
In Japan, it's one of the top super foods. Lewis says that seven million people consume it daily.
"Research after nuclear disasters showed it helps eliminate uranium, cadmium and lead. 
It’s used to eliminate mercury from amalgam fillings" and is also great to take after a boozy bender - "another Japanese study showed taking 4-6g of chlorella before drinking reduced hangovers by 96%".





Thursday, March 26, 2015

NOW ON DUTY: MATT TUCKER





Bartender extraordinaire



TONIGHT: KARAOKE WITH WHIT!!!





After a good spring cleaning, we are ready to rock & roll.

Join us tonight, to sing, or just to enjoy our regular, very talented crooners.

On duty tonight:  Darren.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WELCOME MATT TUCKER







Matt has been tending bar in Santa Barbara since 1996, starting at Brophy's.

When Lucky's first opened, Matt was there behind the bar, and remained for twelve years.

For two years thereafter, Matt shook cocktails at the Uptown.

We are delighted to welcome Matt as our main daytime bartender.

He is as good as it gets.

Please visit Matt Thursday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.



A JOYFUL BAR






KARAOKE @ PLAY





One of our many amazing karaoke krooners!!!



BARTENDER @ PLAY





Darren, feeling back at home behind the bar.