When recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate Anthony Farrell wants to have friends over for a few drinks, he can flick open his iPhone and order up a few bottles of cider or maybe rum and the drinks are delivered in under an hour or so--as though he had ordered a pizza.
Farrell uses Drizly, one of several Boston startups that allow consumers to buy alcohol online and have it delivered the same day.
Drizly and other new services are streamlining that service with apps and the web, as other startups have done with everything from dinner reservations to taxi cabs.
Substance abuse specialists object to home delivery services, saying they make it easier for alcoholics to get their hands on a drink. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.