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After three straight years when the number of traffic deaths deemed alcohol-related (when a driver or non-occupant has a measurable blood alcohol content) had increased, the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities (ARF) declined by 511, 2.9% in 2003, according to federal government figures. That was the best trend since 1997, when the number declined by over 1,000, 5.8%. What

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  • Year 2004
  • Volume 21
  • Issue # 8
A significant new study by Danish scientists lends further weight to the emerging consensus that light-to-moderate drinking doesn

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  • Year 2004
  • Volume 21
  • Issue # 7
New estimates of the prevalence of alcohol abuse/ dependence in the US once again cast doubt on the simplistic belief that rates of alcohol problems are necessarily linked to rates of per capita consumption. Acting under that principle, many public health officials advocate "environmental measures" like higher taxes aimed at reducing overall consumption, rather than targeting efforts to reduce specific problem drinking. In fact, consumption and abuse rates moved in opposite directions from 1992 to 2002 in the US. Per capita consumption of absolute alcohol declined by about 4% during this period, from 1.76 gallons to 1.69 gallons, based on shipments of beer, wine and spirits. Yet, the just-released National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) found prevalence of alcohol abuse and dependence combined among US adults rose from 7.4% 1991-92 to 8.5% over the decade. An increase in the prevalence of abuse more than offset the slight drop in the rate of dependence. As a result of these prevalence rates, the number of adult Americans who abused alcohol or were alcohol-dependent (the more serious condition, sometimes called "alcoholism") rose by 3.8 million to 17.6 million in the decade, NIAAA estimates. That increase may reflect attitude changes more…

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  • Year 2004
  • Volume 21
  • Issue # 6
A pair of new studies using the same measure of self-reported well-being concluded that drinkers consistently report better health than abstainers. A US study of 5,669 adults found that "light to moderate consumption and more frequent drinking were associated with better general health and physical functioning for both" men and women. What

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  • Year 2004
  • Volume 21
  • Issue # 5
AB and Miller responded to the multi-billion dollar class action suit filed against them in California the same way Coors and others responded to similar suits. They removed the case to federal court from the state court where the plaintiffs Lynne and Reed Goodwin had filed it. AB and Miller also "vehemently" denied charges they target underage drinkers and argued the suit does not deserve to be treated as a class action. Two recent events brought the handful of proposed class action suits against the industry back into the news. The first was another suit filed against Coors (see page 2). Though not a class action, the suit similarly charges that Coors marketing targets youth. The second was the release of yet another study from CAMY. This one focused on the increase in media spending for alcohol beverages in 2002, and the organization

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  • Year 2004
  • Volume 21
  • Issue # 4
While many state officials and industry members across tiers have embraced server training as an important and legitimate tool to reduce alcohol abuse, liquor liability attorneys recently raised some thorny questions about these popular programs. When it comes to server training, bars are "damned if they do, damned if they don

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  • Year 2004
  • Volume 21
  • Issue # 3