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2009-03-04 11:25:00

Films and TV advertisements that contain a strong portrayal of alcohol consumption may drive some viewers to drink more, Dutch researchers found. In the study, researchers in the Netherlands and Canada gathered 80 male university students, aged 18-29, to one of four groups. Twenty of the participants watched American Pie, in which characters drank alcohol 18 times and alcoholic drinks were portrayed an additional 23 times, and a commercial break that included ads for alcohol. Another 20...

2009-02-11 18:43:43

In the tradition of the Boston Tea Party, liquor industry executives dumped bourbon on the Kentucky state capitol steps to protest taxes. The Tuesday rally, which drew about 400 liquor industry workers and executives, was to make a 160-proof point about their opposition to a state House committee's approval of a 6 percent tax on alcoholic beverages in stores, WLKY-TV in Louisville, Ky., reported Wednesday. The measure faces votes in the full House and Senate. If this tax is left to stand, if...

2009-01-29 07:00:00

Shift to Lower-Priced Options Began in September   NORWALK, Conn., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- A slowdown in spirits, wine and beer consumption in restaurants and bars during 2007 may have been a harbinger of economic woes to come, according to data in the Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008 published by The Beverage Information Group.   The rate of growth in retail dollar sales of spirits, wine and beer consumed in restaurants and bars was the lowest since 2001 -- the last time the U.S....

2008-12-12 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even as the Obama Administration sets its sights on stabilizing and strengthening the U.S. economy, a coalition of public interest groups today called on the transition team and incoming Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to move quickly on another matter where action by the Treasury Department is needed and long overdue: requiring mandatory, basic serving facts disclosing alcohol content per serving and the definition of moderate, or...

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2008-12-12 08:05:00

Drug use in U.S. teens has failed to continue declining, and researchers are worried their abuse of prescription drugs and marijuana remains strong. The University of Michigan researchers conducted the annual survey of U.S. teen drug use, and found continuing declines in cigarette smoking and alcohol use. Researchers said marijuana is the most commonly used of the illegal drugs. Its use had been in a slow but steady decline this decade, but that seemed to stop this year. The survey...

2008-12-03 14:22:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Teens are fascinated by their brains, the way they work, change, and even "freeze" sometimes. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recommends that parents, teachers and caregivers use that fascination to engage middle and high school students this holiday season in a discussion of why they shouldn't drink alcohol. "Parents need every tool they can find to convince their teens not to drink alcohol, particularly during the...

2008-12-03 12:09:26

Teens are fascinated by their brains, the way they work, change, and even "freeze" sometimes. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recommends that parents, teachers and caregivers use that fascination to engage middle and high school students this holiday season in a discussion of why they shouldn't drink alcohol."Parents need every tool they can find to convince their teens not to drink alcohol, particularly during the holiday season," says Shirley Malcom, head of...

2008-11-18 14:45:25

Canada's only supervised injection facility has extended lives of drug users and saved the healthcare system millions of dollars, a study indicates. When examining the cost-effectiveness of Insite, an injection facility in a Vancouver, British Columbia, neighborhood where about 5,000 injection drug users live, University of Western Ontario researchers said they found the facility saved about $14 million in healthcare costs and added about 920 life-years during a 10-year period. The study...

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2008-11-18 10:23:34

What makes residents of certain states or countries more likely to consume more alcohol? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, high levels of individualism lead to more problem drinking. "We looked at the extent to which consumer levels of individualism (vs. collectivism) were related to their beer and problem alcohol consumption," write authors Yinlong Zhang and L.J. Shrum (both University of Texas-San Antonio). "We found that the higher a region scored on valuing...

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2008-10-08 13:50:00

U.S. government scientists convened in an online chat room Tuesday to answer questions about drugs and alcohol coming from students during the National Institute on Drug Abuse's second-ever Drug Facts Chat Day.  "How many drinks does it take to get you drunk?" asked an anonymous teenager at George Washington High School in California. "For a person of normal weight not used to alcohol, about four-five drinks within one hour," came the answer. Another student from Sanborn Regional High...


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