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Once You Go Black…

So, remember how I mentioned that Devon has some mad bartending skills? Well, he picked up those skills when he lived in the UK, where he just so happened to be a bartender. And while being a bartender in the UK, he also picked up a love of Blavod, a jet black vodka that is made and sold there. Ever since he’s moved back, he’s been trying to find it here, but to no avail1. Until now. Because someone – who I think deserves the Girlfriend of the Year award – managed to track some down. In Port freaking Coquitlam!

Blavod
The picture doesn’t really do it justice, because that could just be a black bottle. But trust me, it’s jet black vodka inside!

I was able to track this little puppy down because I have connections. By which I mean an Internet connection. And I used that Internet connection to email the Blavod people. And, as luck would have it, the Blavod people had quite recently struck a deal with a distributor in Vancouver and had even more recently just shipped some Blavod here! After some waiting for the Blavod to clear customs and then more waiting2 because the BC Liquor Store through which I put my order kept saying that it wasn’t in the distributor’s warehouse (even though the distributor was all “uh, yeah, it is!”), the distributor put me in touch with a little liquor store in PoCo that had the goods!

So tonight after work, I told Devon that we were going on a little drive because I had a surprise for him! Because, did I mention?, Girlfriend of the Year AND I love theatrics! And off we went to the Select Liquor in Port Coquitlam, with Devon having no idea where I was taking him3 where I walked up to the vodka section, and there it was! I’d like to give props to the Select Liquor store, who actually carries this stuff, because wtf BC Liquor Store, who took my order several weeks ago and continues to tell me that their system says that the distributor doesn’t have any  Blavod in their warehouse when clearly it does? They only had about 9 bottles in stock though – and we bought 2 of them – so if you want to get some jet black vodka of your own, I suggest you go their posthaste!

Sadly, tonight is a Monday and I have a bucketload of studying to do this week4, so we couldn’t just dive into the bottles and start making drinks of awesomeness. So you’ll have to wait for a future blog posting where you actually get to see the Blavod in all it’s Blavodian goodness!

  1. Well, other than that apparently you can buy it at some liquor store in Boston. You know, if you felt like driving 5,000+ km for a bottle of booze []
  2. And all through the waiting I kept saying to my sister “omg, when is the Blavod going to get heeeeerreeee??? Because I was dying to tell Devon that I’d found it, but I didn’t want to ruin the surprise! []
  3. Though he did not that we weren’t too far from the shooting range we went to on my birthday! []
  4. As I have two exams this weekend, plus a case memo due on Friday. []

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FASD Awareness Day

September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day. The 9th day of the 9th month was chosen to remind people that they shouldn’t drink for the 9 months of pregnancy. Seeing as my doctoral research was on FASD, it’s an issue that is near and dear to my heart.

A few facts about FASD:

  • FASD represents a range of disabilities (that’s why it’s called a “spectrum” disorder) – from full-brown Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) to differing levels of disabilities in different areas.
  • FASD is caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy. There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy, nor is there a “safe” time to drink during pregnancy, which is why it is recommended that pregnant women don’t consume alcohol.
  • FASD is, essentially, brain damage due to alcohol.
  • While there is no cure for FASD, given the right supports, people with FASD can do very well.  Thus, it is very important for those who have it to get a diagnosis of FASD, so the right supports can be provided.
  • FASD is a challenging disorder to diagnose, and a specially trained professional is required to give a diagnosis of FASD.
  • It is estimated that 1% of people in Canada have FASD.

When I was doing my research on FASD, a comment that I often heard from people was, “Why would you study that? Everyone knows that it’s bad to drink while pregnant. Just tell people not to drink.” Unfortunately, not everyone can easily stop drinking. Alcohol is addictive and addiction is a serious disease. Women who are unable to stop drinking need to be supported by their family, friends, and community, so that they and their babies can be as healthy as possible. The Public Health Agency of Canada has some information on where to go for help on their website.

Here’s a video1 describing the TWEAK – a screening tool we use to help identify people who may have a problem with alcohol:

  1. it was made for last year’s FASD Day []

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Red Bull Shouldn’t… What?

I found the fine print on this Red Bull label rather surprising:

Red Bull

I was unaware that anyone consumed Red Bull *without* mixing it with alcohol!