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2009-10-29 07:10:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Communications, Inc. (HCI) today announced that eTIPS, an online training and certification program for servers and sellers of alcohol, was approved by the District of Columbia's Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). The District of Columbia's liquor code requires all managers of a licensed establishment to be certified in an alcohol training and education program that is conducted by a Board-approved provider. The addition of...

2009-10-09 13:36:43

Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Public Health studied the drinking habits of 9833 15-16 year olds in the North West of England, finding that excessively low cost alcohol products and illicit purchase are strongly related to harmful underage drinking. Mark Bellis worked with a team from Liverpool John Moores University and Trading Standards (North West) to survey the teens' alcohol consumption patterns, drink types consumed, drinking locations, methods of access and harms...

2009-09-11 16:35:33

A prevention program called Communities That Care substantially lowered levels of alcohol and smokeless tobacco use among adolescents, its U.S. creators say. The study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found 5.7 percent of the eighth-grade students in towns using the program engaged in binge drinking in the past two weeks versus 9 percent in towns not using the program. J. David Hawkins and Richard Catalano of the University of Washington's Social Development...

2009-07-28 08:00:00

NORWALK, Conn., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Beverage Information Group's recently released 2009 Liquor Handbook, total distilled spirits consumption rose 2.1 percent in 2008 to 185.6 million 9-liter cases. This gain marks the eleventh consecutive year of advances for the industry. A development cited in the 2009 Liquor Handbook is that imported spirits' growth was slower than that of their domestic counterparts for the first time since 2001. This is a direct result of not...

2009-07-24 16:30:00

WASHINGTON, July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today on House passage of the appropriations bill to fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies. The bill, which also lifts the ban on federal funding for needle exchange, passed in the House by a vote of 264 to 153. "The fiscal year 2010 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill includes strong increases for key health,...

2009-07-24 09:53:00

WASHINGTON, July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee approved an amendment by Representative Mark Souder (R-IN) which prohibits HHS (Health and Human Services) funding for programs which distribute sterile needles or syringes to prevent the spread of blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis. The amendment reads as follows: At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: Sec.___. None of the funds made...

2009-07-23 06:50:00

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Canada has many vices, including coffee and donuts at Tim Horton's and hockey, but OxyContin (http://narconon.ca/oxycontin.htm) has become a problem. Legally prescribed by doctors and different medical practices, this narcotic is also regularly bought on the street and by methods of doctor-to-doctor shopping. The primary and very dangerous ingredient in OxyContin is a pain medication called Oxycodone. This drug is typically used to handle most...

2009-07-16 14:13:00

WASHINGTON, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Partnership for Prevention today urged chairmen of the three congressional committees crafting the House version of a health care reform bill to raise the federal excise tax on alcoholic beverages and apply those revenues to a special fund to finance prevention and wellness initiatives. "Higher alcohol excise taxes are an important tool in reducing the public health toll of alcohol abuse, while also providing a viable and appropriate source of...

2009-07-08 09:03:30

Self-checkout lanes in U.S. grocery stores allow minors to buy alcohol without showing identification, critics say. Minors use the lanes to skirt supervision from cashiers when illegally buying alcoholic beverages, the critics say, and calls for reforms have pitted California activists against grocers, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. The debate is playing out as the California Senate is set to consider a bill that would require grocers to route all alcohol sales through lanes with...

2009-07-06 23:48:57

A U.S. public health expert says drinking related problems, including hangovers, drunk driving and possibly assault, may increase during the summer. Scott Walters of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston suggests cookouts and other outdoor events may make people see summer as a time-out from normal routines and they tend to drink more. A better idea is to see summer as a time to slow down -- and that includes taking it easy with alcohol, Walters suggests. Our research has...