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Alcohol Issues Insights

Despite the absence of research linking ads to underage or abusive consumption, alcohol beverage advertising remains a remarkably contentious and consuming topic for alcohol beverage executives and regulators alike.

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  • Year 2005
  • Volume 22
  • Issue # 7
High school prom and graduation season always shines a spotlight on underage drinking issues, and 2005 has been no exception.

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  • Year 2005
  • Volume 22
  • Issue # 6
I think we live in extremely dangerous times in the alcohol industry…. There was no time over the last 25 years quite as dangerous as it is now. Forces who are anti-industry are becoming very well organized and we are constantly exposed to that.” So suggested Sazerac’s CEO Mark Brown at a recent panel discussion before members of NABCA (association of control states) that also included top executives from Diageo (North American CEO Ivan Menezes) and Allied Domecq (CEO Philip Bowman). Mark reminded that “hard-pressed legislatures take very simple steps to address abuse which we as an industry will wind up being very unhappy with,” including “higher taxation, more restrictions, less access…. Any headlong rush to deregulation, any headlong rush to excessive promotion is going to end up with extremely unpleasant consequences.” Brown focused on the US, but the issue is far broader. Bowman pointed out that in Western Europe a combination of pressures to standardize rules, regulations (and taxes), plus heightened concern about binge drinking, have put alcohol policy issues “high on the political agenda.” He added: “If you look across most of the Western European countries, and you look at government initiatives over the last 3 years, they…

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  • Year 2005
  • Volume 22
  • Issue # 5
While physicians and public health officials scramble to slow the escalating diabetes epidemic, not many advocate one potentially powerful prevention measure: moderate drinking. Yet the first "meta-analysis" of 15 studies of the link between alcohol consumption and the risk of type 2 diabetes suggests far more attention should be paid to the repeated finding that moderate drinkers have a significantly lower risk of contracting the disease than abstainers. This is even more critical considering that the prevalence of diabetes doubled in the US from 1980 to 2002, with over 18 million Americans already suffering from the disease. A group of Dutch researchers reviewed the results of 15 studies reported between 1966 and 2004, covering nearly 12,000 cases of type 2 diabetes in almost 370,000 individuals followed on average for 12 years. "These [studies] can be considered the best available evidence," the authors wrote. The key finding: "A U-shaped relationship with a highly significant, [approximately] 30% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes in alcohol consumers" of

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  • Year 2005
  • Volume 22
  • Issue # 4
State representatives in Vermont and Wisconsin have revived discussion of the legality/fairness of the 21 minimum drinking age, particularly when it pertains to military personnel. "This is a form of discrimination," Vermont state Rep. Dick Marron says of the state

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  • Year 2005
  • Volume 22
  • Issue # 3
Early 2005 has already produced three important and precedent-setting court decisions that impact the alcohol beverage industry. Most significant: A Los Angeles Superior Court judge threw out each of the 4 charges against AB and Miller in the 1-year old attempted class action lawsuit alleging the big brewers illegally marketed to underage drinkers. The judge sharply rejected each of the plaintiffs

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  • Year 2005
  • Volume 22
  • Issue # 2