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Super-Strength Lager Causes Harm in the UK

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The reputed United Kingdom publication The Independent recently published a special report on the dangers of super-strength lagers and the hypocrisy of the alcohol companies promoting them. The article called such products “the dirty secret of the global drinks industry,” and noted that “they are causing more damage to vulnerable people than heroin or crack cocaine, according to a leading homeless charity.” In particular, the investigation focused on tactics and strategies used by the alcohol industry to hide behind ‘drink responsibly’ messages while selling products that contain 4.5 drinks per serving--which sounds remarkably similar to supersized alcopops producers in the U.S. Click here to read the AJ report on how the industry uses "drink responsibly" as a public relations tool.


Oglala Sioux Lawsuit Against Big Alcohol Dismissed as State Issue

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A federal judge has ruled that the lawsuit filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe against five massive beer companies (Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller, Molson Coors, MillerCoors LLC, and Pabst) should be considered a state issue. Of the lawsuit, which alleges that the defendant companies knowingly contributed to devastating alcohol-related problems on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard said: "There is, in fact, little question that alcohol sold in Whiteclay contributes significantly to tragic conditions on the reservation. And it may well be that the defendants could, or should, do more to try to improve those conditions for members of the tribe. But that is not the same as saying that a federal court has jurisdiction to order them to do so." The lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, meaning it can be taken by the tribe to state court.  
            

San Rafael City Council Passes Alcopop-Free Zone™ Resolution

AFZ-Logo-FinEarlier this month, San Rafael City Councilmembers took a bold step toward protecting youth from alcopops when they unanimously passed the country’s first city resolution supporting the creation of an Alcopop-Free Zone™.  The resolution encourages alcohol retailers to voluntarily stop selling the dangerous, youth-oriented, flavored malt beverages known as alcopops. Following a similar resolution of support from the Marin County Board of Supervisors, various San Rafael, Stinson Beach, and Bolinas retailers pulled most alcopop products from their stores. Alcohol Justice and the Youth for Justice group will continue to fight for the elimination of alcopops from Marin County retailers, and alcohol retailers throughout the country. 



U of Iowa President: A-B InBev Sponsorship Deal "A Mistake"

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Back in June, the University of Iowa athletic department decided to renew its multimillion-dollar sponsorship agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev. The deal allowed the use of the Tigerhawk logo on A-B InBev promotional items, as well as on actual beer cans. The announcement of the renewed sponsorship deal provoked media attention along with public feedback from faculty, students, and community members. The Princeton Review also named U of I the #2 "party school" for 2012. Now the University's president, Sally Mason, has changed her mind, saying in retrospect she probably wouldn't have approved the deal, and that "in this particular case…I made a mistake." Unfortunately, her school's deal with A-B InBev still stands. When another renewal comes up in three years, Mason needs to put the health and safety of U of I and the surrounding community first--and cancel the beer sponsorship deal.