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Study: Alcohol Brand Preferences of Underage American Youth

AlcoholismCoverThe most popular alcohol brands of underage drinkers in the U.S. come from Anheuser-Busch InBev, Diageo, MillerCoors, and Brown-Forman, according to a study in the February 2013 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research that exposed brand-specific consumption patterns. The top preferred brands reported by underage drinkers were Bud Light, Smirnoff malt beverages, Budweiser, Smirnoff vodkas, Coors Light, and Jack Daniels. The top 25 brands represented in the study accounted for approximately half of all alcohol consumed by volume. Click here to read the article abstract.  
 
 
 

California ABC Stakeholder Meeting on February 27

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On February 27, the California State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will hold its Annual Stakeholder Meeting. Agenda items will include issues the agency should address this year. The meeting will be held from 1:30 to 2:30pm in the large conference room at ABC headquarters, which is located at 3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100, in Sacramento. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Kathleen Rodrigues via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 916-419-2510
 
 

Report: Tearing Down California's Alcohol Regulations



   

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Alcohol Justice released a new report on alcohol-related legislation introduced, passed and/or signed during the second half of the 2011-2012 California Legislative Session. This report illustrates the effectiveness of the millions of dollars of alcohol industry lobbying on California state government. Although the Legislature passed three alcohol-related bills with minor public health benefits, the prevailing legislative tide (six bills passed and signed) clearly pushes the alcohol industry’s bottom line higher than ever. As long as the California Legislature continues to cater to the interests of alcohol industry over the public, the cost of alcohol-related harm will only continue to increase.

 

Alcohol Use Costs New Hampshire More Than $1.15B Annually

   NewHampshire copynew study released by PolEcon Research has found that excessive alcohol consumption costs the state of New Hampshire more than $1.15 billion annually in lost productivity and earnings, increased expenses for healthcare, and public safety. These costs represent 2% of the total personal income of the state, and do not include another $218.6 million lost annually by the almost 300 people who die prematurely as the result of alcohol consumption each year in New Hampshire. The new data comes at a time when the state is considering an increase on its beer tax, a proposal that the beer industry is fighting tooth and nail. The state and local governments’ share of the costs of alcohol consumption is about $251 million annually, a figure that could be offset by an increase in the beer tax.