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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...

2009-06-12 17:57:01

Children whose parents didn't permit them to drink underage were significantly less likely to drink heavily in college, U.S. researchers found. Caitlin Abar, a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University's Prevention Research and Methodology Centers, suggested parents practice a zero-tolerance alcohol policy at home and said there is no scientific basis to the common belief that prohibiting alcohol turns it into a forbidden fruit and encourages abuse. Abar surveyed almost 300 college...

2009-05-08 09:42:23

Punitive policies intended to reduce drug use by making life difficult for convicted users are counterproductive and actually lead to a vicious spiral of drug use and reincarceration. Research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy reveals how legal punishment, withdrawal of services and social stigmatization encourage a return to drug use, increased criminal activity and ultimately re-incarceration.Juliana van Olphen from San...

2009-04-20 13:00:00

Beall Proposes Fee on Liquor, Wine, Beer Industry to mitigate alcohol-related impacts SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Assembly Bill 1019 -- a proposal to impose a fee on the beer, wine, and liquor industries to mitigate the billions in costs to Californians for alcohol-related problems -- advances to its first hearing this legislative session on Tuesday before the California State Assembly Health Committee. Revenue from the fee would be used to establish a program to...

2009-04-20 10:21:33

Sales of alcoholic beverages in Canada increased 2.2 percent to 58.8 million gallons in the year ending March 31, 2008, Statistics Canada reported Monday. Beer stores and agencies sold $8.6 billion worth of beer in 2007-2008, up 2.4 percent from the previous year, but the agency noted beer's market dominance is shrinking. In 1993, beer accounted for 53 percent of dollar sales, spirits 29 percent and wine 18 percent. By 2008, beer's share had declined to 46 percent, spirits slipped to 25...

2009-04-08 14:55:23

Underage drinking laws reduce fatal accidents, saving an estimated 732 lives per year, U.S. researchers said. James C. Fell of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Calverton, Md., said that the study further shows that if every state adopted use and lose laws -- suspending the license of anyone under 21 cited for possession, consumption or attempt to purchase alcohol -- an additional 165 lives would be saved. The researchers analyzed data from 1982-2004, using the Alcohol...

2009-04-08 08:32:56

732 lives saved per year - 165 More could be saved if all states adopted use-and-lose laws State laws that prohibit people under the age of 21 from purchasing or possessing alcohol, and from driving with any alcohol in their system save 732 lives a year in the United States, according to a study released today that has examined 23 years of research on the subject. The study further shows that if every state adopted 'use and lose' laws"”suspending the license of anyone under 21 cited for...

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2009-03-23 09:04:11

Most alcohol-related damage occurs after moderate consumption, according to a new doctoral thesis from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet on the association between alcohol and injury. Physical injury related to alcohol consumption causes substantial costs to society. But while the link between severe intoxication, road accidents and violence is well-known, the consequences of 'normal' drinking are much less researched. In order to gain a more comprehensive picture of the...

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2009-03-07 09:45:00

The French parliament says a rise in binge-drinking has prompted it to ban bars where customers can drink as much as they want for a fixed price. The new law also increases the drinking age in France from 16 to 18, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. France once prided itself on being a nation of reasonable drinkers who knew how to limit their alcohol consumption and avoid the excesses of binge-drinking seen in neighboring Britain, the Telegraph said. In recent years, however, drunken...


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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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