In the US, people are drinking themselves to death at record rates
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Drugs
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In the US, people are drinking themselves to death at record rates

Christopher Ingraham | The Washington Post - December 22, 2015

Alcohol is killing people in the United States at a rate not seen in at least 35 years, according to new federal data. Last year, more than 30,700…

Alcohol consumption in Costa Rica is the second lowest on the continent, study finds
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Booze
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Alcohol consumption in Costa Rica is the second lowest on the continent, study finds

L. Arias - June 23, 2015

A new study of alcohol consumption in Costa Rica showed that Ticos in the past six years have lowered their consumption by 13 percent. The study conducted…

Guaro: a primer
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Dining and Nightlife
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Guaro: a primer

Katherine Stanley - March 17, 2015

Recommended: Costa Rica, The Quiz – How much has your adopted country changed you? Anyone who has read my haphazard musings in recent months can probably discern, in…

Booze bootleggers busted after bribe backfires
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Booze bootleggers busted after bribe backfires

L. Arias - October 9, 2014

National Police officers conducting a routine inspection on a road in the Caribbean province of Limón on Tuesday evening stopped a truck allegedly transporting seafood. Instead of shrimp, officers found…

Police seize more than 10,000 contraband cigarettes in San José raids
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Contraband
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Police seize more than 10,000 contraband cigarettes in San José raids

L. Arias - October 2, 2014

A joint operation by officials from three government agencies on Tuesday resulted in the confiscation of 10,687 contraband cigarettes, the Public Security Ministry reported. Health Ministry officials and officers…

Finance Ministry proposes tougher sanctions to crack down on contraband smuggling
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Contraband
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Finance Ministry proposes tougher sanctions to crack down on contraband smuggling

L. Arias - September 30, 2014

Finance Ministry officials say they will send a bill to the Legislative Assembly in coming days that would impose severe sanctions for the smuggling of contraband products into Costa Rica.…

Costa Rican cops confiscate tanker truck loaded … with booze
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Booze
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Costa Rican cops confiscate tanker truck loaded … with booze

L. Arias - August 15, 2014

Costa Rican police in  the community of Paso Canoas, on the Panama border, seized a shipment of liquor with an approximate value of ₡20 million (some $38,000) on Thursday.…

Once Mexico’s booze of ‘drunks,’ mezcal earns respect
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Arts and Culture
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Once Mexico’s booze of ‘drunks,’ mezcal earns respect

Carola Solé | AFP - August 4, 2014

SANTIAGO MATATLÁN, Mexico – Once derided as a drink for destitute drunkards, Mexico's smoky-flavored mezcal liquor has come out of the shadows to become a trendy booze…

Costa Rica has the 4th highest rate of alcoholism in Latin America and the Caribbean
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Booze
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Costa Rica has the 4th highest rate of alcoholism in Latin America and the Caribbean

Corey Kane - May 19, 2014

The beer-loving Central American country had the fourth highest rate of alcohol dependence in the region, though it was not significantly higher than the regional average. The…

Smugglers play central role in money laundering, say law enforcement
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Smugglers play central role in money laundering, say law enforcement

Zach Dyer - February 11, 2014

Some people really bring the party. Costa Rica's National Police discovered 814 boxes containing more than 19,000 bottles of beer, and another 76 boxes with 1,030 bottles of…