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Alcohol Issues Insights

So far, state and federal judges clearly agree with alcohol beverage suppliers that the attempted class action suits are

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  • Year 2006
  • Volume 23
  • Issue # 3
02/14/2006

That definitive statement is actually the title of a recent article in Stroke, a journal published by the American Heart Association. It may be one of the very rare in-stances of overstating a benefit of moderate drinking in that it suggests a causal effect, when like most studies it correlates drinking habits with a health outcome. An 8-year study of 3,176 New Yorkers found

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  • Year 2006
  • Volume 23
  • Issue # 2
National polls indicate the public continues to either not know or not believe the vast body of research de-tailing the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. The latest evidence comes from the annual national Monitoring the Future surveys. The MTF data attracts a great deal of media attention for its findings about youth alcohol, tobacco and drug use, (see December INSIGHTS), but it also tracks an older cohort. The table below shows percentages of young adults who say they: 1) Consumed at least one drink in the month prior to the survey; 2) Believe that moderate consump-tion - 1-2 drinks nearly every day - poses a "great risk" of harm; 3) "Disapprove" of moderate drinking. Perhaps the most important conclusion: the vast ma-jority of young adults continues to disapprove of mod-erate drinking. The actual percentages have bounced around over the last 20 years, but 60% or more of Americans age 19-30 still say they disapprove of the habit. Over 2/3 of 19-22 yr-olds and 27-30 yr olds disapprove of moderate drinking. Attitudes have softened somewhat from the early 90s, when nearly 80% disapproved, but the numbers haven't changed much over the last 5 years. In fact, disapproval rates rose among the…

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  • Year 2006
  • Volume 23
  • Issue # 1
As INSIGHTS went to press, 2005 data from the an-nual Monitoring the Future surveys was released. Following a slight increase in teen drinking rates in 2004, the percentage of high school seniors who said they

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  • Year 2005
  • Volume 22
  • Issue # 12
The provocative issue of the industry

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  • Year 2005
  • Volume 22
  • Issue # 11
In language even stronger than a California judge used in throwing out a class action suit vs AB and Miller earlier this year, a District Court judge in Colorado decimated similar charges filed against a handful of other suppliers.

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  • Year 2005
  • Volume 22
  • Issue # 10