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Take Action: Endorse GAPA's Statement of Concern

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The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) is appealing to the public health community to endorse a Statement of Concern regarding Big Alcohol's attempt to influence the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol. In October 2012, thirteen of world’s largest alcohol producers attempted to falsely position themselves as defenders of effective alcohol policy by issuing a set of "commitments" regarding the WHO Global Strategy. The GAPA Statement of Concern details the alcohol industry's lack of support for effective alcohol policies, its misinterpretation of the Global Strategy’s provisions, and its constant lobbying to defeat effective public health measures around the globe.  Qualified professionals and organizations worldwide may review the Statement of Concern and tell the WHO Director General to refuse industry influence here
 

 

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.