WBEZ | New Year's Eve http://www.wbez.org/tags/new-years-eve Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hangover helper: Tips to prevent a horrible headache http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/hangover-helper-tips-prevent-horrible-headache-111317 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/cn_hangover_sci_wide-eb5664df1582feefa7f6dcfbf6ea2fdbff7586c0-s600-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The first time I&nbsp;ever&nbsp;got tipsy was during a champagne toast at a cousin&#39;s wedding reception.</p><p>All was good, until the room started spinning &mdash; and the sight of my cousin&#39;s bride dancing in her wedding dress was just a whirl of lace.</p><p>Of course, if you&#39;re an uninitiated teenager, any amount of alcohol can go straight to your head. But, decades later, bubbly wine still seems to hit me faster than, say, beer. It turns out there&#39;s a reason.</p><p>&quot;Some of the dizziness you can feel after champagne is due to both the brain getting [a little] less oxygen and also the [effects] of the alcohol at the same time,&quot; explains researcher&nbsp;<a href="http://www.colorado.edu/ibg/people/279">Boris Tabakoff</a>&nbsp;at the University of Colorado, Boulder.</p><p>All the bubbles in sparkling wine are carbon dioxide. The C02&nbsp;competes with oxygen in our bloodstream, says Tabakoff, who studies the effects of alcohol on the body.</p><p>And according to a Princeton University<a href="http://www.princeton.edu/uhs/healthy-living/hot-topics/alcohol/">explainer</a>&nbsp;on alcohol absorption, carbon dioxide &quot;increases the pressure in your stomach, forcing alcohol out through the lining of your stomach into the bloodstream.&quot; That can speed up the rate of alcohol absorption &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/12/31/258588280/does-champagne-actually-get-you-drunker">albeit temporarily</a>.</p><p>So if you want to stay steady on your feet, sip that bubbly slowly. And if you want to prevent a hangover, swap your next glass of bubbly for water. Alternating between alcoholic beverages and H20 can help prevent the dehydration that accompanies a night of drinking.</p><p>&quot;What happens when you first start drinking,&quot; Tabakoff explains, &quot;is that a hormone that controls your water balance, an anti-diuretic hormone, is suppressed.&quot; And this leaves us heading for the ladies&#39; or men&#39;s room &mdash; which can precipitate a pounding headache in the morning.</p><p>But Tabakoff says dehydration is not the only reason we get a headache.</p><p>&quot;High levels of alcohol in the brain have fairly recently been shown to cause neuro-inflammation, basically, inflammation in the brain,&quot; he says.</p><p>This is why taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen, can help us feel better.</p><p>Now, alcohol isn&#39;t the only headache-producing culprit in our drink glasses. Many alcoholic beverages, such as wines and beers, contain toxic byproducts of fermentation, such as aldehydes. And Tabakoff says if you drink too much, you can feel the effects.</p><p>&quot;If these compounds accumulate in the body, &quot; explains Tabakoff, &quot;they can release your stress hormones, like epinephrine and norepinephrine, and as such can alter function in a stresslike way&quot; &mdash; paving the way for a hangover.</p><p>Tabakoff says distilled spirits contain fewer of these toxic compounds than other types of booze, which explains why some people report feeling fewer hangover effects if they stick with vodka or gin.</p><p>Obviously, the only sure way to avoid a hangover is to not drink alcohol. But if you are going to indulge, Tabakoff says the tried-and-true advice &mdash; eat something before you drink, and while you drink, makes good sense.</p><p>&quot;Food is very good for the purpose of slowing the absorption of alcohol,&quot; he says.</p><p>Adding liquid calories to your cocktails &mdash; say, Coke, ginger ale or sugary punch as a mixer &mdash; is a good way to slow absorption, too. In fact, a study we&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/01/31/170748045/why-mixing-alcohol-with-diet-soda-may-make-you-drunker">reported</a>&nbsp;on back in 2013 determined that a diet soda and rum will make you drunker than rum mixed with sugary Coke.</p><p><a href="http://artscience.nku.edu/departments/psychology/facstaff/ft-faculty/marczinski.html">Cecile Marczinski</a>, a cognitive psychologist who authored that study, found that the average breath alcohol concentration was .091 (at its peak) when subjects drank alcohol mixed with a diet drink. By comparison, BrAC was .077 when the same subjects consumed the same amount of alcohol but with a sugary soda.</p><p>&quot;I was a little surprised by the findings, since the 18 percent increase in [BrAC] was a fairly large difference,&quot; Marczinski told us at the time. She says the difference would not likely have been as large if the subjects &mdash; who were all college age &mdash; had not been drinking on empty stomachs.</p><p>And here&#39;s another self-evident tip when it comes to drinking: Pace yourself.</p><p>&quot;We can get rid of most of the alcohol we drink if we [limit] drinking to one drink per hour,&quot; Tabakofff says. This way, &quot;our blood alcohol levels don&#39;t start accumulating.&quot;</p><p>One drink per hour is a rule of thumb, but that can vary depending on height or body size. Bigger people tend to be able to handle a little more alcohol, and smaller people a little less.</p><p>And remember, Tabakoff says, a single drink is less than you might think. It&#39;s 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or a shot of liquor.</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/12/30/371950986/hangover-helper-tips-to-prevent-a-horrible-headache" target="_blank">via NPR</a></em></p></p> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/hangover-helper-tips-prevent-horrible-headache-111317 How do you ring in the New Year? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/beyond-mic/2014-11/how-do-you-ring-new-year-111066 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4013358422_b4e5d78b7a_z.jpg" style="height: 183px; width: 280px; float: right;" title="Flickr/Evonne" />For years (and because I&#39;m older than you think I am, I mean YEARS) I spent every New Year&#39;s Eve playing in a jazz band of one stripe or another. After that, I spent several years performing in a theater company as the years changed over. Even when I have merely been a patron somewhere on December 31, I have always seen that specific night as something special. In fact, I&#39;d say that New Year&#39;s Eve is my personal version of Valentine&#39;s Day.</div><p>Since coming to work producing events for Chicago Public Media, there have been two things missing from the tapestry of live experiences we put together for our loyal members: Jazz and a blow-out New Year&#39;s Eve party.</p><p>The party component is a strange omission from our annual experiences for the Chicago community of public radio die-hards. We host our <a href="https://www.chicagopublicmedia.org/event/annual-board-directors-meeting-0" target="_blank">Annual Board Meeting</a>, our Evening Inside the Broadcast Studio, and the WBEZ/Vocalo Open House. We&#39;ve produced the Chicago Chef Battle for seven years in a row and, after a year off, are revitalizing the Vocalo Winter Block Party for Chicago&#39;s Hip Hop Arts. It seems like a no-brainer to throw a bash to ring in the new year.</p><p>The jazz component is a little less obvious. In 2007, we went to an all-news format and replaced our regular late night jazz broadcasts with news and, for some, this was a betrayal and a travesty. To this day, I have members (and former members) come up to me at events still angry that we moved away from jazz. For them, we became the anti-jazz radio station. We are NOT anti-jazz nor have we ever been.&nbsp; Given that I was a professional jazz trumpet player for decades and have a Jazz History minor as a part of my Music Education Undergraduate degree, the decision to feature not only jazz but the Sunset Cafe (the heart of American jazz in Chicago for a quarter of the last century) was perfect.</p><p>How do you ring in the New Year? Resolutions? Dancing? A midnight kiss and a champagne toast? Do you curl up under the covers and watch the televised coverage? Go to the theater or a concert? Eat a huge meal? Go on a late night run?</p><p>This year, I&#39;ll be ringing in 2015 at the historic Victory Gardens Biograph Theater with hundreds of public radio fans, the Doug Peck Trio, <a href="http://darkjive.com/about/" target="_blank">DJ Ayana Contreras</a>, and my newlywed wife.&nbsp; I&#39;ll be listening to incredible jazz, eating some delicious hors d&#39;voures, having a few cocktails, dancing to jazz infused hip-hop and soul, and sealing the year with the first New Year&#39;s Eve kiss of my new marriage.</p><p>I hope to see you there (but you don&#39;t get to kiss my wife...)!</p><p><strong>Live from the Sunset Cafe || A WBEZ New Year&rsquo;s Eve Party<br />Wednesday, December 31, 2014<br />9 p.m. - 2 a.m.<br />Victory Gardens Biograph Theater</strong></p><p>Get your tickets here...</p><p><a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/live-from-the-sunset-cafe-a-wbez-new-years-eve-party-tickets-13467984103?ref=ebtn" target="_blank"><img alt="Eventbrite - Live from the Sunset Cafe || A WBEZ New Year’s Eve Party" src="https://www.eventbrite.com/custombutton?eid=13467984103" /></a></p><p>For more info about WBEZ Events, go to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/events">wbez.org/events</a>, check out our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wbez915">Facebook Page</a>, or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZEvents">@WBEZEvents</a> on Twitter.</p></p> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/beyond-mic/2014-11/how-do-you-ring-new-year-111066 This New Year's Eve, stay home and vicariously crash a local televised party http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/new-years-eve-stay-home-and-vicariously-crash-local-televised-party <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2174291170_1bd0cd28a4.jpg" title="Flickr/Yuan2003" /></div><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.31332960131054466" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">&ldquo;New Year&#39;s Eve is for young people,&rdquo; is my newest motto, because the idea of putting on dress-up clothes (after eating for a week), going out and drinking a lot (after drinking for a week) and staying up til midnight (my god!) is clearly for the kids. Of course, this is said tongue-in-cheek, as I do have some NYE plans and, more obviously, if you&rsquo;ll turn on any local NYE coverage you&rsquo;ll see that NYE is actually for the old (&ldquo;old&rdquo; meaning &ldquo;older than I am.&rdquo;)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">No matter where I spend NYE, part of the tradition is turning on one of the local stations and making fun of the concert, concertgoers, newscasters and camerawork from a station here in town. It began many years ago at a dinner party at my friend Sarah&rsquo;s house, where we switched on the Navy Pier concert and saw that the blandish band Train was playing for the benefit of the middle-aged contemporary rock partiers who were going to tear it up since they had all gotten babysitters for the night. Sarah kept up the party for about five years and every year we joked that Train was playing again. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">After my husband proposed to me on New Year&rsquo;s Eve in 2007, our tradition has been to stay in that night, either with people over or not, and out of tradition, we check the local coverage to see if Train is still playing. I am pretty sure they are not, but there is still a version of the Train concert going on every NYE. Last year we had people over and focused in on Channel 5&rsquo;s coverage, which appeared to be a sparsely-attended live show at a small theater in Rogers Park. The cameraman must have stepped outside for a cigarette break or something, because it looked like he had just set up the camera on a tripod and walked away, as people milled around in front of the camera, danced listlessly just in-frame or drunkenly groped each other in the middle distance.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The best part, though, was Channel 7&rsquo;s coverage, as Mark Giangreco and Janet Davies covered yet another local shindig. I don&rsquo;t want to say that Mark was drunk, but he definitely seemed festive. He made a few slightly off-color jokes that I wish I could remember, because there were a few &ldquo;Did he really just say that?&rdquo; moments, and Mark planted a big enthusiastic kiss on Janet at midnight. We rewound and rewatched the moment more than once. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">So, if you&rsquo;re like me and too old to go out on NYE but are young enough to ironically watch things and make fun of them, turn off Ryan Seacrest or Anderson Cooper and give local coverage a try. If you look closely, you might actually see something spontaneous and funny, unlike the tightly-controlled parties you see on the national stage. &nbsp;And I&rsquo;m aware that I&rsquo;m pretty much a jerk for doing this. After all, how cool can I be? I may not be dancing badly on live TV &nbsp;to Train, but I am also home on New Year&rsquo;s Eve. So who really wins in this scenario? (A: Mark Giangreco and Train.)</span></p></p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/new-years-eve-stay-home-and-vicariously-crash-local-televised-party Eat this, drink that: New Year's week edition http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-new-years-week-edition-104599 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8318699212/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/trotterschampagnetoast.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Champagne toast at Charlie Trotter's, which closed in 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><u><strong>Monday, December 31</strong></u></p><p>Happy New Year&#39;s Eve! Most restaurants will be open, many with special NYE menus. After combing through the details of just about every single one, here are my picks of three of the most promising for eats, drinks and merriment.</p><p><a href="http://site.acadiachicago.com/events/">A Midwinter&rsquo;s Night Dream</a> at&nbsp;<a href="http://site.acadiachicago.com/">Acadia</a>&nbsp;will transform the space, feature&nbsp;costumed performers from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,76,3,17">Chicago Shakespeare Theater</a>&nbsp;mingling with the diners, and a special menu: &ldquo;Oysters and Champagne&rdquo;; foie gras torchon; lobster eggs benedict with Périgord truffle; tagliatelle with uni butter sauce, bottarga, and rare Golden Osetra caviar; <a href="http://purebredlamb.com/">Elysian Fields lamb</a>; and a dessert of hazelnut, chicory, and chocolate. At midnight, a special celebration will take place &mdash; last year, a marching band came through. Admission, including wine pairings, $175 for 9 p.m. seating ($150 vegetarian), $150 for 6 p.m. seating ($125 vegetarian).</p><p><a href="http://slurpingturtle.com/home.php">Godzilla Movie Night Extravaganza at Slurping Turtle</a> features three different tasting menus (Godzilla, Ultra Man, and Turtle), action movies, and Japanese drums. Go back New Year&#39;s Day for their Pajama Party Brunch. Wear your PJs and get a gift certificate for 50% of what you spend to use on your next visit. Admission NYE $45, $60, or $80 depending on menu.</p><p><a href="http://trenchermen.com/events">Bar seating</a> at&nbsp;<a href="http://trenchermen.com/">Trenchermen</a> features live music by <a href="http://mattulery.com/wordpress/">Matt Ulery</a>&#39;s jazz quartet, Loom. NPR Music listed the Chicago-based modern chamber jazz bassist/composer&#39;s new album, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007WFR0FO?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=lklchu-20&amp;creativeASIN=B007WFR0FO"><em>By a Little Light</em></a>,&nbsp;among its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2012/2012/12/05/166230912/npr-musics-50-favorite-albums-of-2012">50 Favorite Albums Of 2012</a>. Admission $20 including a complimentary glass of Champagne and Trenchermen&#39;s signature bar snacks. À la carte menu will also be available all night at the bar.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, January 02</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/192035-soup-bread-chicago/">Soup &amp; Bread kicks off its fifth season at the Hideout</a>, and this year, a Theme of the Week. The theme of <a href="http://soupandbread.net/2012/12/26/seasons-greetings-from-soup-bread/">this week&#39;s program, Green</a>,&nbsp;benefits&nbsp;<a href="http://www.catholiccharities.net/services/emergency_assistance/">Casa Catalina Basic Human Needs Center</a> in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The week&#39;s soup cooks include Soup &amp; Bread founder Martha Bayne,&nbsp;Diane Galleher, La Sirena Clandestina,&nbsp;Wendy Miller,&nbsp;Milk &amp; Honey,&nbsp;Swim Cafe, and yours truly. I&#39;l be making and serving the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-02/field-dreams-and-swans-sendai-japan-96073">Nanohana Project miso soup</a>.&nbsp;Publican Quality Meats will be supply fresh-baked bread for the season, and &mdash; in a S &amp; B first &mdash; gluten-free loaves courtesy of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/thesweetpurveyor">Rae Lynn Hill, aka The Sweet Purveyor</a>. Admission FREE, donate what you can and remember <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/season-soup-bread-and-pie-98220">Everyone LOVES the Generous</a>.</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, January 03</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.trenchermen.com/">Killing Me Sweetly back at Trenchermen</a> features the crème de la crème of world pastry chefs: Noma&#39;s Rosio Sanchez, Momofuku Milk Bar&#39;s Christina Tosi, and our very own <a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com/blogs/433-killing-me-sweetly">Blackbird&#39;s Dana Cree</a> &mdash; plus pairing by The Boarding House&#39;s Master Sommelier/owner Alpana Singh and Masa Azul&#39;s mixologist Jenny Kessler &mdash; all benefitting <a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/">Green City Market</a>. But it&#39;s not just the sweet stuff. Each pastry chef will collaborate with a rising star female pastry chef to create both a savory and sweet course. For dessert, teams will work with themes (which may be the theme of 2013) including &quot;Vegetables&quot; and &quot;Winter&quot;. Trenchermen chefs/partners Michael and Patrick Sheerin will serve an <em>amuse-bouche</em>, entrée, and <em>mignardises</em>. Admission $100.</p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-new-years-week-edition-104599 Prohibition’s doctor-sanctioned drunkenness http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/prohibition%E2%80%99s-doctor-sanctioned-drunkenness <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//champagne 2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>As you raise your glass of champagne tonight, toast the fact that you&rsquo;re not celebrating New Year&rsquo;s Eve between 1919 and 1933. The &ldquo;Noble Experiment&rdquo; better known as Prohibition caused drinking rates to drop precipitously and made it a lot harder to get that precious glass of bubbly.&nbsp;</p> <div>Harder that is, but not impossible. Drinking didn&rsquo;t stop in the U.S. during Prohibition, nor was it technically illegal. (Only selling, making or transporting alcohol was.) We all know the legends of the speakeasies, those password-protected watering holes lousy with dolled-up dames and their mobster dates. But writer <a href="http://www.danielokrent.com/">Daniel Okrent</a> traces a less glamorous set of work-arounds in his book <em>Last Call: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition</em>. According to Okrent, you were just as likely to end up in the doctor&rsquo;s office or the pharmacy as the speakeasy. For $3, or about $37 in today&rsquo;s money, you could get a weekly prescription to keep the taps running.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the audio excerpt above, Okrent describes how the medical establishment was in cahoots with the liquor biz, underground as it was. As you&rsquo;re listening, just be glad you can go to a bar this weekend. So much less romantic to steal a boozy New Year&rsquo;s kiss under the cold, unflattering fluorescent lights of a CVS. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="../../../../../../series/dynamic-range"><em>Dynamic Range</em></a><em> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. David Okrent&rsquo;s talk was presented by the </em><a href="http://www.chicagohs.org/"><em>Chicago History Museum</em></a><em> in May of 2010, and was recorded by </em><a href="../../../../../../amplified"><em>Chicago Amplified</em></a><em>. Click </em><a href="../../../../../../episode-segments/prohibition-seminar-way-we-drank"><em>here</em></a><em> to hear Okrent&rsquo;s talk in its entirety, and click </em><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278"><em>here</em></a><em> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast.</em></div></p> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 18:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/prohibition%E2%80%99s-doctor-sanctioned-drunkenness Chicago hospitals brace for alcohol-related problems on New Year's Eve http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/chicago-hospitals-brace-alcohol-related-problems-new-years-eve <p><p>Emergency rooms around Chicago are bracing for an influx of patients seeking help for drinking too much Friday.</p><p>The head of the emergency room at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago's western suburbs says he sees more teenagers on New Year's for alcohol-related problems than any other day of the year.</p><p>It's an old routine for hospitals by now. Emergency room doctors prepare for patients who celebrate New Year's Eve a bit too much. Dr. Rahul Khare works at the ER at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.</p><p>&quot;It's actually pretty quiet a couple hours before new year's, but then about 15 minutes after new year's hits, we do see a surge of ambulances,&quot;&nbsp;Khare said.</p><p>Khare said doctors mostly try to re-hydrate patients. He said pumping stomachs is invasive and doctors don't do it much any more.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/chicago-hospitals-brace-alcohol-related-problems-new-years-eve