The Downfall of Palcohol

by Screedler on August 27, 2015

We here at TDA have already given Palcohol a big thumbs down and predicted it’s doom, and now it seems most of our states are following suit.  Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Friday that bans the sale of powdered alcohol, known as Palcohol, across the state.  The governor and supporters say the powdered alcohol would attract underage drinkers because it’s easier to hide than traditional liquor.

They also fear that if ingested or mixed incorrectly it could lead to unsafe levels of intoxication.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved Palcohol earlier this year.

As of August, 25 states have banned powdered alcohol. Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington statutorily prohibit the sale of powdered alcohol. Maryland and Minnesota have temporary one-year statutory bans. Colorado, Delaware, Michigan and New Mexico have included powdered alcohol in their statutory definitions of alcohol so that the product can be regulated under their existing alcohol statutes.



Under The Influence

by Screedler on August 24, 2015

Elle King’s follow up to her massive hit Ex’s & Oh’sUnder the Influence is probably about love, but then again a lot of people love alcohol and drugs.  She is the daughter of actor and comedian Rob Schneider, aka Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo.


Unite to Face Addiction Rally

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by Screedler on August 20, 2015

Facing Addiction, a new, national organization that will serve as a voice for the over 85 million Americans impacted by addiction, is proud to announce the “UNITE to Face Addiction” rally, a free event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

The rally will find Facing Addiction teaming with 450 other organizations from around the United States to draw attention to what its reps characterize as “America’s denial about the most urgent health crisis facing our nation today – addiction to alcohol and other drugs.” Along with the musical performances, the event will allow speakers from around the world to discuss addiction, and it will highlight celebrities’, politicians’ and other advocates’ viewpoints about the matter with an eye toward combating addiction in the U.S. The rally’s organizers have plans to announce more performers and special guests in the near future.

The event will feature musical performances by Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler with his Nashville-based band, Loving Mary, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, The Fray, and John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls; powerful, inspirational speakers from all walks of life who have been affected by addiction; and remarks by celebrities, elected officials and other advocates who will join together to change the conversation around, and bring new solutions to, the addiction crisis in America.

Other notable individuals who have already embraced and endorsed this event include Paul Williams, Congresswoman Mary Bono, Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Author & Activist Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Author & TV Host Pat O’Brien, Entrepreneur and Music Producer Russell Simmons, former Major League Baseball Star Darryl Strawberry, Best-Selling Author William Cope Moyers, Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, Former Astronaut Steve Oswald and many more.

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Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler and others will perform at the Unite to Face the Addiction rally in Washington, D.C.

Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler and others will perform at the Unite to Face the Addiction rally in Washington, D.C.


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August 16, 2015

Sorry to double down on Jason Isbell, but I am going to do it anyway.  His new album and last are chock full of recovery related material by his own admission.  You just have to listen with the ears of experience to pick up on some of it. My first introduction to his music was the […]

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Jason Isbell, a Sober Success Story

August 13, 2015

So proud of this Alabama man for growing up.  Getting sober has put him on top of the musical world for the moment. Here he is talking about the benefits of sobriety at Bonnaroo: My new favorite song; it’s about being thankful:

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Johnny Johnson’s Horrible Secret

August 8, 2015

Getting addicted to anything will have consequences. Case in point, poor Johnny Johnson – his DOC (Drug Of Choice, for newbies)- painting hamsters blue. Created by the Cambridge Graphics and Animation Society in 1998, based on a poem by Nick Stansfield.

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Drunk or Dying…You Make The Call

August 3, 2015

Drunk or dying…you make the call. That’s the tag line of a well done website and organization devoted to educating the public on the dangers of alcohol poisoning. Aware Awake Al!ve was born out of tragedy after the tragic death of Carson Starkey, who died of alcohol poisoning after a fraternity initiation rite. The Signs […]

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A Story by the Muswell Hillbillies

July 29, 2015

Muswell Hillbillies is the ninth studio album by the English rock group The Kinks, released in November 1971. The album is named after the Muswell Hill area of North London, where band leader Ray Davies and guitarist Dave Davies grew up and the band formed in the early 1960s. Alcohol is the next to the […]

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Canary in a Coal Mine

July 24, 2015

Miners used to carry caged canaries into coal mines to test for dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide collected in the mine. The gases would kill the canary before killing the miners, thus providing a warning to exit the tunnels immediately. I guess that’s where NORML got the name for their app here, although it’s […]

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Are You Building Your Ship To Wreck?

July 21, 2015

Great new song I first heard a couple of weeks ago, but now gaining traction.  Florence and The Machine’s ” Ship to Wreck” “Ship To Wreck” Don’t touch the sleeping pills, they mess with my head, Dredging the Great White Sharks, swimming in the bed, And here comes a Killer Whale, to sing me to […]

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30 Day No Alcohol Challenge

July 16, 2015

Ever wonder how hippie capitalists and hedge fund managers attack the problem of drinking too much?  Watch this and find out and you could possibly make more marbles! Give this 5 minutes of your time and decide… do you want more? Bottom Line – You do not have to be at the low point of […]

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Uganda’s Moonshine Epidemic of 2012

July 12, 2015

We know alcoholism can destroy an individual’s life; but what about an entire country. The video is a little long and dated (2012), but one of the most interesting docs on the problem of alcoholism, in what may have been the drunkest country on earth in 2012 …Uganda. Watch the first 5 minutes and you […]

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July 8, 2015

In researching how to make infographics with tools like and creatley; I came across a motherload of them dealing with drinking.  I will share three here, but take a moment to check out  to see many more informative examples. Somehow playing around with graphs, shapes, and colors on a computer, scratches the same creative itch for me as doodling on […]

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A Founding Father’s Wisdom

July 2, 2015

Dr. Rush may sound like a bargain brand energy drink, but history buffs know the good doctor actually signed the Declaration of Independence. The Atlantic has a great article this week on him and our forefathers drinking habits.  They drank a whole lot even when measured by today’s standards – check it out Colonial Americans […]

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When Darkness Descended on the Big Country

June 29, 2015

You certainly remember this band or at least the song if you grew up in the 80’s.  Their big hit in America still a staple of classic rock, commercials, and pop culture: I stumbled across this by accident yesterday. I knew the singer had passed, but for some reason thought it was cancer. Guess I […]

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