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The Daily Buzz: October 6, 2014

Peruvian politicians suspected of drug trafficking connections; reading "Fifty Shades of Grey" could make you binge drink; and Michael Phelps takes time off swimming to go to rehab.

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Peruvian Politicians Accused of Ties to Drug Trafficking
Peru held local and state elections this weekend, and reportedly hundreds of candidates across the country are under investigation for suspected ties to drug traffickers. One of these is Manuel Gambini, a former coca farmer and gubernatorial candidate who has “amassed a curious-sized fortune despite a small mayoral salary” (often a bad sign!). Two years ago, Peru surpassed Colombia as the world’s top producer of cocaine.

Rich People Spend $1.6 Million on Wine, Breaking World Record
This weekend,  114 bottles of Burgundy were sold for $1.6 million at a Hong Kong auction, breaking the previous world record for the most expensive wine ever sold. That’s about $14,121 per bottle or $1,700 per glass—putting even Brooklyn hipster bars‘ prices to shame. Sotheby’s would not reveal the buyers’ names, which makes inviting yourself over to their house for a “glass of something” more of a challenge.

Photo via Shutterstock

Photo via Shutterstock

Can Binge Drinking Hurt Your Brain?
The impact of routine binge drinking on your liver is widely-known (if you didn’t know, it’s bad for it). But doctors warn that excessive alcohol intake can also slow cognitive development and contribute to mood disorders. And for those with mental health problems, like depression, it may worsen symptoms. The good news is that, if you slow down the boozing or quit, your brain can repair itself. Your neighbor’s lawn ornaments, on the other hand, you will have to replace.

Study: Fifty Shades of Gray Readers More Likely to Binge Drink
Can’t decide whether or not to read EL James’ hugely popular erotic novel Shades of Grey? Well, know your “facts”: Young adult women who have read the book are 65% more likely to binge drink than those who haven’t read it, according to a recent study by the University of Michigan. The study, which involved 650 women aged 18-24, also found that readers of the book were more susceptible to eating disorders and more likely to have multiple sex partners. So pros and cons.

Michael Phelps Goes to Rehab After DUI Arrest
Following his DUI arrest last week (his second, after a previous one in 2004), Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps says he’s taking some time off swimming to enter treatment. “I am extremely disappointed with myself,” he tweeted. “I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.”