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Bars across U.S. report brisk business during Comey testimony

The day former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey was to appear for a testimony before the Senate, bars across the United States decided to open early, allowing patrons to lap up every moment of it over their favorite glass of wine or cocktail.

As expected, there were serpentine queues in front of numerous bars across the country, which flung their doors open for customers as early as 7 a.m. People dashed to their favorite bars to catch up with all the action of this high-profile congressional hearing on June 8, 2017. Everyone, right from the office goers, businesspersons, students and others, lined up early morning to witness one of the biggest clashes in the upper echelons in the history of the country, sipping a cocktail or two.

The announcement coming from the bars nationwide spread like wildfire and Twitter remained agog with a flurry of comments for the better part of the day. Bars offered different specialties to lure patrons, coaxing them to watch this ongoing saga when Comey took on the Senate’s scathing questions. People anticipated a high-voltage drama during the testimony. It was a mix of sentiments for people that day sitting on bar stools, some sipping a ginger ale, some nursing a martini and others sipping their Lime Daiquiris. However, one thing was common – the ambience, expectedly, was heavy with emotions. They called it the “Super Bowl of Washington.”

Shaw’s Tavern in Washington, D.C. was jam packed, with the queue stretching down the block. Another bar, The Union Pub, even offered a free round to all its customers every time President Trump tweeted something during the hearing. Others like Ace’s Bar in San Francisco turned on their television sets early as people started pouring in to witness the drama that had not just the U.S. but the whole world on the edge.

Celebrating with alcohol

The tussle between President Trump and Comey had been going on for a month before the former fired Comey amid a federal investigation into the Russian government’s complicity in the U.S. presidential election last year. Comey asked the U.S. President to “lift the cloud” of Russia investigation, an allegation Trump categorically declined.

Drinking socially to raise a toast for any accomplishment, to celebrate any event or to provide an oomph factor to any occasion, like the Comey testimony, is the norm these days. It is not a bad thing to drink at social events.

Yet, alcohol consumption is a harmful activity, whatsoever. Casual drinking at social dos can increase the risk of developing a drinking habit, which can lead to dependence, tolerance and addiction. Once addiction sets in, people would need professional help to get rid of the problem.

Dealing with alcoholism

Excessive drinking or binge drinking can raise the risk of death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during 2006-2010, almost 88,000 people died every year in the U.S. due to excessive alcohol use. Problem drinking could be disastrous if not intervened at the right time. However, alcoholism is treatable and one can lead a sober life with proper treatment at the earliest. Hence, if a loved one is grappling with alcoholism, call at our 24/7 alcohol helpline number 855-441-4405 or chat online for a quick response. We also provide drug addiction help online for people struggling with substance use disorder.

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