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Drinking Divorce Ties: A new study found that the divorce rate significantly rose the more partners in a marriage drank. [LiveScience]

Jennifer Lawrence's Budweiser Story: Apparently Lawrence's father cried after the scene where she stands up to Robert De Niro (eek!), not because of her superb acting, but because she popped a Budweiser. [Grub Street]

Personalized Pez Dispenser:Using 3-D printers, a company is selling personalized Pez dispensers. We want. [NPR]

Farm-to-Bar on the Rise: Looks like the farm-to-bar trend is on the rise, with the LCL Bar & Kitchen opening up in the Westin at super touristy Grand Central. The locavore movement is still on. [The Daily Meal]


Which Margarita Would You Drink With Marilyn Monroe in Juarez, Mexico?

It&aposs not every day that Marilyn Monroe rolls into a cantina and buys a round of margaritas for the house.

But one sultry evening in Juarez, Mexico, she did just that, leaving lucky margarita lovers at the Kentucky Club with the bar story to end all bar stories.

If her choice of drinking holes seems completely random, it wasn&apost.

On that day in 1961, Marilyn Monroe was in town to get a quickie divorce from playwright Arthur Miller. Done with the messy details, she was in a mood to celebrate.

And in the same way that Juarez, Mexico, was famous for granting quickie divorces to movie stars, the Kentucky Club was famous for inventing the margarita. Or so the story goes.

According to sources of undetermined reliability, the Kentucky-Club-as-margarita-birthplace origin story involves a thirsty bullfighter (naturally) and his beautiful (of course) girlfriend named. wait for it. Margarita. And blahblahblah, our beautiful Margarita doesn&apost want straight shots of tequila, and blahblahblah the smitten bartender grabs some limes and invents a cocktail for her.

And, lo, the drink is delicious, and, lo, the bartender names it after beautiful Margarita, and, lo, the cocktail catches on.

That&aposs all well and good. But I&aposm more interested in Marilyn Monroe bursting through the door to buy a round for the room.

In which case, let&aposs say it&aposs 1961, and we&aposre all sitting around the Kentucky Club dressed like characters from Mad Men. which margarita would you choose to drink with Marilyn Monroe from a barstool in Juarez, Mexico?

"Nothing tastes better than tequila and jalapeno the cucumber adds a freshness that helps to mute the jalapeno&aposs bite," says Dillon. "The longer it chills, the more jalapeno and cucumber infuses into the tequila. Serve over ice in a salt-rimmed glass, garnished with cucumber slices."


Coffee Drinking Tied to Lower Risk of Heart Failure

An innovative study that examined hundreds of factors linked to heart failure found one dietary factor that may lower risk: drinking coffee.

A large analysis looked at hundreds of factors that may influence the risk of heart failure and found one dietary factor in particular that was associated with a lower risk: drinking coffee.

Heart failure, sometimes called congestive heart failure, occurs when the heart muscle becomes weakened and can no longer pump blood efficiently. It can be caused by high blood pressure, heart valve disease, heart attack, diabetes and other diseases and conditions.

The analysis included extensive, decades-long data from three large health studies with 21,361 participants, and used a method called machine learning that uses computers to find meaningful patterns in large amounts of data.

“Usually, researchers pick things they suspect would be risk factors for heart failure — smoking, for example — and then look at smokers versus nonsmokers,” said the senior author, Dr. David P. Kao, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado. “But machine learning identifies variables that are predictive of either increased or decreased risk, but that you haven’t necessarily thought of.”

Using this technique, Dr. Kao and his colleagues found 204 variables that are associated with the risk for heart failure. Then they looked at the 41 strongest factors, which included, among others, smoking, marital status, B.M.I., cholesterol, blood pressure and the consumption of various foods. The analysis is in Circulation: Heart Failure.

In all three studies, coffee drinking was associated more strongly than any other dietary factor with a decreased long-term risk for heart failure.

Drinking a cup a day or less had no effect, but two cups a day conferred a 31 percent reduced risk, and three cups or more reduced risk by 29 percent. There were not enough subjects who drank more than three cups daily to know if more coffee would decrease the risk further.

This is not the first study to find health benefits in coffee drinking. “In other studies, coffee drinking has been associated with a reduced risk for stroke and coronary heart disease as well,” Dr. Kao said, though “we didn’t find this in our study.”

The study was not able to account for different types of coffee or brewing methods, or the use of additives like sugar or cream. There was no association of a decreased risk of heart failure with drinking decaffeinated coffee — in fact, one study suggested it might increase the risk.

Caffeine may be an important factor, the authors suggested, but the mechanism for the effect is not known. The study did not examine the effect of tea or other caffeine-containing foods.

Unlike conventional observational studies that begin with a hypothesis and then develop evidence for it, this machine learning analysis started with no initial hypothesis. Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a professor of medicine at Yale who was not involved in the work, called the approach “innovative” but noted one limitation was that “many other behaviors likely track with coffee consumption, and it is difficult to disentangle the specific effect of coffee from other things that may go along with it.”

Should you start drinking coffee or increase the amount you already drink to reduce your risk for heart failure? “We don’t know enough from the results of this study to recommend this,” said Dr. Kao, adding that additional research would be needed. “It would be helpful if we could figure out whether drinking an extra cup would prevent certain complications.”


Super Bowl 54 Cocktails: Be The MVP Of Your Party With These 50+ Tasty Recipes

It&rsquos almost Super Bowl Sunday, the biggest game in the year for football fanatics (and for commercial aficionados, who watch the game for all the ads in between the action.) It&rsquos also one of the biggest party days in the United States. What&rsquos better than having some friends over to watch the game while enjoying some snacks and drinking a few tasty drinks? While beer remains the top beverage during the game, why not change things up with a cocktail or two?

Ahead of Super Bowl LIV, between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, plan to mix up something different for you and your guests. Thankfully, we have over fifty recipes featuring some of your favorite brands like Cincoro, Svedka, Dickel, Herradura, Double Cross Vodka, SVEDKA, Casamigos, Cabardi, The Botanist, Smirnoff, Corralejo, Mount Gay, Woodford Reserve, Volcan, Templeton Rye, Tanteo, Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey and more. There&rsquos something for everyone in the gallery above.

The amount of money that football fans will spend in the leadup to the Super Bowl is staggering. According to data provided by Neilsen, Americans spent $1.2 billion on beer. Compare that to the $652 million that they spent on wine and the $652 million spent on &ldquodistilled spirits.&rdquo While a cocktail is just as refreshing as a cold beer during the Super Bowl, there&rsquos no doubt about it: the sudsy brews continue to reign supreme during game-day.

&ldquoAs millions gather around their televisions to cheer on their favorite football team this Sunday, there&rsquos one thing we can all agree on – beer is the beverage alcohol of choice for Super Bowl parties,&rdquo said Jim McGreevy, president and CEO of the Beer Institute, in a press statement &ldquoSince Super Bowl I in 1967, football and beer have been inextricably linked, and there has never been a better time to be a beer consumer in the United States – with more than 7,000 breweries producing tasty, exciting, innovative products in every corner of our nation. The Beer Institute encourages everyone celebrating with beer this weekend to enjoy responsibly.&rdquo

193.8 million adults plan to watch Super Bowl LIV, according to the National Retail Federation. Those watching are expected to spend $88.65 on average for food, beverage, merchandise, and party supplies. This means that $17. 2 billion will be spent in celebration of football&rsquos biggest night. Hey, the Super Bowl only comes once a year, so pour yourself a drink while cheering on your favorite team (or while watching Jennifer Lopez and Shakira kill it at the Halftime Show.)


Ben Affleck opens up about alcohol addiction, depression and his biggest disappointment

Ben Affleck is one of Hollywood’s biggest actors and creatives, but behind the curtains it has been anything but easy for the two-time Oscar winner.

Now the 47-year-old is opening up about his personal struggles, including his divorce, his alcohol addiction and his first foray into sobriety in 2001.

“I was sober for a couple of years and then I thought, ‘You know, I want to just drink like a normal person and I want to have wine at dinner.’ And I was able to for about eight years,” he recalled, speaking to ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an interview that aired this week.

But eventually, between marrying actress Jennifer Garner in 2005 and starting a family, he started to drink more. And more. And more. “And it was really hard for me to accept that that meant I was an alcoholic,” the “Argo” director told Sawyer.

“I started drinking every day. I’d come home from work and I’d start to drink and I’d just sit there and drink until I passed out on the couch,” he continued.

Affleck talked at greater length about his behavior in an interview this week with the New York Times.

“People with compulsive behavior, and I am one, have this kind of basic discomfort all the time that they’re trying to make go away,” he said. “You’re trying to make yourself feel better with eating or drinking or sex or gambling or shopping or whatever. But that ends up making your life worse. Then you do more of it to make that discomfort go away. Then the real pain starts. It becomes a vicious cycle you can’t break. That’s at least what happened to me.”

Affleck’s ongoing struggles with addiction and depression are rooted in a dark family history, he revealed.

His grandmother, he told Sawyer, died of suicide amid alcohol and barbiturate use. His aunt fought addiction. But it was his father’s alcoholism that hurt the most.

“He was drunk every day and that was just life,” Affleck said of his dad. “And as that got worse, that was really, really painful. And I always said, ‘That’ll never be me. I am never gonna do that.’”

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But that experience highlighted a valuable lesson when he became a father. "[W]hat he’s taught me is how important it is for me to be sober now during these formative years for my kids.”

When Sawyer asked him what was the hardest thing for him to be honest about, the actor paused in thought.

“That I was going to get divorced,” said Affleck, whose divorce from Garner was finalized in 2018 after a 2015 split. “I never thought I was gonna get divorced — I didn’t wanna be a divorced person. I really didn’t wanna be a split family with my children — and it upset me because it meant I wasn’t who I thought I was. And that was so painful and so disappointing.”

Affleck stars in the new flick “The Way Back,” slated to hit theaters next month. He plays a widowed high school basketball coach struggling with addiction.

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If You Eat This on a First Date, Your Marriage May Be Doomed, Survey Says

Eating this cuisine on a first date is linked to a higher divorce rate, according to new research.

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Between watching your words and obsessing over your appearance, first dates are already pretty stressful. The last thing you need is another element to worry about when you're out with someone new. Unfortunately, however, the results of a new survey indicate you may need to be putting more thought into what you eat on your next first date. According to the survey conducted by OnBuy, a U.K.-based online shopping site, there's a connection between the type of food you have on that initial outing and your likelihood of getting divorced down the road.

The survey asked 5,364 people who had been married before to share what type of restaurant they went to on their first date and their current marital status. Based on the responses, the researchers were able to connect the average length of your marriage and likelihood of it ending in divorce with the type of food you ate on that first date. While Italian, French, and Mediterranean restaurants were shown to be the best bet for having a long marriage, other cuisines were linked to far less promise.

Read on for the first date foods that are most likely to lead to divorce down the road, and find out which cuisine is linked to both the highest divorce rate and shortest marriages—something to keep in mind next time you're picking the restaurant. And for more signs your relationship is in trouble, check out If Your Partner Has These 4 Qualities, They're More Likely to Cheat on You.

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Divorce rate among couples who ate this cuisine on their first date: 43 percent

Average length of the marriage: 7 years

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Divorce rate among couples who ate this cuisine on their first date: 44 percent

Average length of the marriage: 6 years

And to learn about a particular red flag in a relationship, If Your Partner Is Asking You This One Question, They Could Be Cheating.

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Divorce rate among couples who ate this cuisine on their first date: 47 percent

Average length of the marriage: 3 years and 9 months

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Divorce rate among couples who ate this cuisine on their first date: 50 percent

Average length of the marriage: 2 years and 5 months

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Divorce rate among couples who ate this cuisine on their first date: 53 percent

Average length of the marriage: 1 year and 4 months

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Divorce rate among couples who ate this cuisine on their first date: 55 percent

Average length of the marriage: 2 years

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Divorce rate among couples who ate this cuisine on their first date: 59 percent

Average length of the marriage: 4 years

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Divorce rate among couples who ate this cuisine on their first date: 67 percent


Safe·ty wine

safe·ty wine (noun): A wine that is preferred for its consistency and predictability, particularly when choosing a wine sold by the glass.

In the August 21, 2010 edition of the Wall Street Journal, wine writer Lettie Teague described the resurgence of Sauvignon Blanc and its popularity as a safety wine.

Here, she recounts a conversation about Sauvignon Blanc and safety wines with her lawyer friend Kim:

"Lawyers don't drink cheap Sauvignon Blanc," I told him. "Lawyers drink Napa Cabernets or Bordeaux, or if they're divorce lawyers, maybe Cristal or Krug. Cheap Sauvignon Blanc isn't a lawyerly drink." But Kim resisted my counsel. He liked Sauvignon Blanc because, he said, it was lively and refreshing and above all consistent. Sauvignon Blanc, in short, was his safety drink.

A week later when Kim hadn't heard from a single partner or associate, I decided to invite some of my own friends to our tasting. Their response was immediate. It was apparently their safety wine too. "It's the only wine I drink by the glass," said my friend Alison. "I feel like I always know what I'm going to get."

Writing in 2004 on his wine blog Vinography, Alder Yarrow wrote about his safety wine (a white from the Cotes de Provence, in his case):

There are times, though, when searching out new countries, grape varieties, and appellations just takes too much energy. At times like these, usually after a long week, I just want a nice meal and a good glass of wine to go with it. Like most people in these situations of part-exhaustion, I tend to stick to the predictable -- the least risky choice that is most likely to yield the most pleasurable result.

So when I found myself dining alone the other night, and not wanting to think much about which white wine I wanted, I reached for a safety wine. I had never had it before, but I knew it was: white, a blend of different grapes, French, and it was from Provence.

There aren't many sure bets in the wine world. There's a lot of crap out there to be sure. But if you're gonna order wine, sight unseen and untasted, I think it's pretty hard to go wrong with most of the wines in the Cotes de Provence. At least the ones that end up getting imported here.


Benefits of using garlic milk to calm sciatica

Garlic milk is a natural drink that’s popular in traditional medicine for its preventative and curative properties.

Many cultures use it to fight intestinal parasites. An also against viral and bacterial infections.

However, in recent years, studies have found that garlic milk has other interesting properties. This drink relieves nerve pain because it works as an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.

This is due to the many compounds it has. Garlic milk is rich in sulfurous compounds and essential nutrients such as:

  • Vitamins (A, B1, and C)
  • Minerals (Iron, Silicon, sulfur, and iodine)
  • Polysaccharides
  • Protein
  • Flavonoids
  • Enzymes

It also stands out as a natural antibiotic, because it’s a natural fit for fighting microorganisms.

This benefit plays a vital role in relieving sciatica pain, because the imbalance of bacteria that help the body can be related to inflammation.


Op-Ed: My husband filed for divorce during the pandemic. Am I on the worst reality show ever?

It was 9 on a Tuesday night, and my husband was putting our daughter to bed as I drifted off to sleep while listening to a murder podcast. Then he popped his head into the bedroom and said, “She’s asleep. By the way I got an attorney and he filed divorce papers with the court last Thursday.”

I struggled to understand the nonchalant tone of this person I had promised to stick with until death telling me that he filed legal papers to end our relationship forever. We had been struggling but had both recently committed to making things work. Yet he had chosen to sever our bond days ago, on our daughter’s fifth birthday. While I was decorating a Pokémon cake a court clerk was probably reviewing the documents that would end my marriage. The Superior Court of San Diego knew I was getting divorced before I did.

But the thought that rose above the rest: You’re doing this now? We’re in the middle of a pandemic.

With the podcast hosts still cheerfully dissecting a double homicide in the background, looking into the eyes of the father of my child, my future ex-husband, felt like death to me. And then: What right did I have to these feelings when people all over the world were actually dying every day from COVID-19?

People get divorced daily, their lives untangling in their own uniquely devastating ways. Even in the best of circumstances — and I still cannot fully convince myself that there is ever a divorce under the best of circumstances — things are messy and hard. But getting a divorce during a worldwide pandemic, when stay-at-home orders have turned many of us into shut-ins, made the hurt feel especially acute. The pain, anxiety and uncertainty that came with the end of a relationship had to make room for the pain, anxiety and uncertainty that came with what seemed like the end of the world.

My gut reaction was to yell at him to get out, to leave and not come back. But where was he supposed to go? Many hotels weren’t open, our friends were assiduously quarantining, and at that point I didn’t think there was anyone who would risk taking him in.

We spent a month living together after he told me, a month where I felt like I was on the saddest Bravo show ever, with episode descriptions like, “Watch as one sad woman tries to get from the bathroom to her garage without bumping into her estranged husband at the Keurig.” When we did interact, usually for our daughter’s sake, we would maintain our best customer-service voices while asking the other to kindly pass the milk over breakfast.

Just when I thought I had this whole lockdown thing on lock, virtual lawyer visits and group-texts to break the news to my friends and family were added to a long list of pandemic realities I’d already adjusted to, like the guilt of loading my daughter up on screen time to keep her occupied during the day and wondering if people thought I was rude when I turned my camera off during Zoom meetings.

How do you move on and build a fresh new life when you aren’t even supposed to leave the house? My family was disintegrating and there was nowhere I could escape to rage or grieve I just had to carry on in the open-space concept home we’d shared together, the one I used to brag to all my friends about.

Coping mechanisms I had used to help calm anxiety flareups in the past weren’t an option during COVID-19 and quarantine. There would be no night out with my friends drinking too much tequila, no last-minute vacation to a European city to binge on carbs, and most assuredly, no sex to get over my ex. My therapist wasn’t even able to give me a pity virtual hug because her Wi-Fi kept going out. Every decision felt overwhelming, whether it was figuring out how to tell our daughter what was happening or negotiating who got to keep the toaster.

I keep hitting new milestones in the pandemic divorce process, like our recent first virtual court hearing. I fantasize about meeting someone else who is going through this and can tell me from the other side that FaceTime first dates have worked, or at least have helped a little. I want to share my pain with someone who has been there, but even my thrice-divorced grandma has trouble understanding what it’s like doing this during a pandemic. I know I should give support groups a shot, but the idea seems exhausting after working all day while also parenting a 5 year-old.
What I really want is to feel connected to someone again in a way I haven’t since that Tuesday night. And I want to know how that murder podcast ended. I never did finish it.

Brynne MacEachern is co-host of the podcast Filmspringa and a stand-up comic from Orange County.


'Breakup recovery' program founder praises Ant Anstead for 'grace' amid divorce from Christina Anstead

The man who created the breakup recovery program that Ant Anstead is participating in is praising the Wheeler Dealers host for dealing with his divorce from Christina Anstead with “grace” and “embracing masculinity” in the process.

Mark Groves, “human connection specialist” and founder of Create The Love, tells Yahoo Life that he launched the “Breakup Recovery Recipe” course just a year and a half ago after years of feeling challenged by a number of breakups that he went through himself. He even went back to school to study the science of relationships and became specifically interested in the inherent shame associated with breakups.

“The world is not really receptive to people who have relationships end. It’s not graceful to people who do. It's judge-y, to say the least, critical,” he explains. “So in the moment of our breakup, the last thing we need is more shame. And because society has made it so relationships ending are actually failures, I really sought to change that narrative.”

When Ant and Flip or Flop star Christina publicly announced their divorce in September after less than two years of marriage on Instagram, people flooded Anstead’s post with comments that claimed he was cheating on his wife or “giving up” on their relationship, instead of offering support.

In lieu of feeding off of those negative comments, Ant signed up for Groves’s program, which the creator says is built to take a person through “the five stages of grief and also at the same time, walking them through growth.” This, Groves says, provides people going through a fresh breakup or facing one from years ago to turn their pain into a personal transformation.

“You have the opportunity to look within [the pain] instead of drinking it away, pumping it away, you know, distracting ourselves,” Groves explains. “What an opportunity to claim your life.”

The five-week virtual course, which is set up so that people can take it at their own pace, provides daily programming that allows participants to do just that by providing a sort of introspective therapy that addresses the reality of the relationship that ended, the type of relationship that is desired and the experience of “true healing” rather than “idealized healing.” And although it’s likely assumed that the end-goal is to forget about an ex or feel ready to move onto another relationship, Groves says that it’s more personal than that.

“The goal is to take power and be empowered in how you live your life and what relationships mean to you,” he says. “This is going to be the moment that changes your life.”

Just 30 days into the program, Ant wrote on Instagram Sunday that “it’s been a lifeline for me” while encouraging other people who need the nearly $200 course to sign-up themselves. While it’s a great promotion for Groves’s program, the specialist is most enthused by Ant’s openness when it comes to these difficult emotions.

“He's embracing that masculinity is really tender. And it is. He’s a guy who works on cars and he does all these things, but here he is like, ‘I’m working on myself,’” Groves says. “What a great leader, what a great example for us and that your masculinity is not attached to your emotionality.”

According to Christina’s Instagram account, the mother-of-three who shares 1-year-old Hudson Anstead with Ant is also taking time to “find peace.”