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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
Amidst continued scrutiny of beer marketing and constant attention to alcohol-related problems -- be they underage drinking, drunk driving or a basketbrawl

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  • Year 2005
  • Volume 22
  • Issue # 1
A provocative new study of the potential effect of alcohol advertising on youth drinking came up with the counter-intuitive (to some) result that junior high school students with the most specific memories of seeing alcohol ads in 7th grade were less likely than their peers to drink in 8th grade. That

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  • Year 2004
  • Volume 21
  • Issue # 12
Fans and players weren’t the only ones who took a hit when an ugly brawl broke out at the Detroit Pistons-Indiana Pacers basketball game on November 19. Beer, and beer sales at sports events, also took plenty of heat. Predictably, one potential response from the NBA: a future league recommendation to cut off beer sales earlier in games. NBA commissioner David Stern said: "I think that’s an issue that we are going to examine with respect to alcohol service. I know that most of the companies…the beer companies do preach sort of responsible consumption and we have to be in position to assure that we aren’t doing anything that goes against that tenet. If that requires us to have a uniform policy on when beer sales are cut off, that’s something that’s going to be part of the mix. We have to look at everything." Pressures will likely mount for such a policy, especially since fans were throwing beer in the final seconds of the game. Here are few sample reactions, notably from journalists, not public health advocates. "The hypocrisy of selling alcohol all night, then complaining when people behave like drunks is beyond comment. Who says you have to…

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  • Year 2004
  • Volume 21
  • Issue # 11
Moderate drinkers of beer, wine, spirits or any combination of the three reduced their risk of multiple metabolic syndrome by a third to nearly 70% compared to "never drinkers," a study of 4,510 white men and women recently found. Much previous research had linked moderate consumption with risk reductions for several features of metabolic syndrome

Publishing Info

  • Year 2004
  • Volume 21
  • Issue # 11