Alaska: Alcohol industry speaks out against law reforms

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Alaska: Alcohol industry speaks out against law reforms   Source: Newsminer Matt Buxton Feb 24, 2016   The alcohol industry is against the latest, slimmed down rewrite of the state’s alcohol laws.   Multiple members of the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association (CHARR) testified against Senate Bill 165 during a hearing Tuesday out of fear that changes to …

How Millennials (Almost) Killed the Wine Cork

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How Millennials (Almost) Killed the Wine Cork   A new generation of wine drinkers came of age with screw caps and plastic bottle stoppers, but cork producers are mounting a campaign to win their loyalty: An Object Lesson.   Source: The Atlantic John Gifford Feb 25, 2016   No one is completely sure who first came up with the idea …

Portman Group slams sports sponsorship study

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Portman Group slams sports sponsorship study   Source: The Spirits Business by Amy Hopkins 25th February, 2016   The Portman Group has hit out at a new study that claims to link alcohol sponsorship of sport and “risky drinking” among children and adult athletes.   The study, titled ‘Association Between Alcohol Sports Sponsorship and Consumption: A Systematic Review’, was published …

Minnesota: Minnesota Legislature unlikely to address ban on Sunday liquor sales this year

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Minnesota: Minnesota Legislature unlikely to address ban on Sunday liquor sales this year   Source: MinnPost By Briana Bierschbach 02/24/16   Once again, Sunday liquor-store sales supporters will push to lift the ban, and individual legislators are hoping to make a few smaller tweaks.   The 2015 legislative session was mostly a victorious one for beer and liquor advocates, especially …

Oklahoma: Liquor store owners start push for state question on alcohol laws

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Oklahoma: Liquor store owners start push for state question on alcohol laws   Source: Tulsa World February 24, 2016   Frustrated with other modernization efforts, an industry group representing Oklahoma liquor store owners has launched its own push to get a state question on the November ballot to change the state’s alcohol laws.   The Oklahoma Retail Liquor Association filed …

Will Russia Lift the Ban on Selling Alcohol Near Schools?

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Will Russia Lift the Ban on Selling Alcohol Near Schools?   Source: Newsweek By Damien Sharkov 2/24/16   The Russian Ministry of Trade is working to overturn a ban on selling alcohol near schools, believing the law had only resulted in financial losses for state and business, national daily Vedomosti reports.   New regulation was brought in to ban the …

Sweden limits hand sanitizer sales because of alcohol-craving teens

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Sweden limits hand sanitizer sales because of alcohol-craving teens   Source: RT 25 Feb   A disturbing trend among Swedish teenagers of drinking anti-bacterial hand wash for its alcohol content has forced pharmacies to put them behind the counter.   Police asked chemists in the Varmland region to remove the hand gels from shop floors after several teens became ill …

Bartenders Name Drinks After Presidential Candidates and the Results Are Hilarious

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Bartenders Name Drinks After Presidential Candidates and the Results Are Hilarious   From Rubio on the Rocks to Trumptini: The best of the presidential candidates, in liquid form   Source: Daily Meal Hannah Hoskins Feb 24, 2016   In the heat of the presidential candidates’ campaigns, where everything is becoming ferociously competitive and aggressive, we are all in need of …

Australia: Sydney wants to keep on partying, despite crackdown on alcohol abuse

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Australia: Sydney wants to keep on partying, despite crackdown on alcohol abuse   Source: USA Today Lauren Williams February 23, 2016   A crackdown on alcohol abuse is sparking a backlash by defenders of this city’s party-on culture.   About 15,000 people protested last weekend against controversial new laws aimed to curb violence and problem drinking, vowing to “fight for …

Oklahoma: Liquor store owners, distributors fight proposed Oklahoma ballot question

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Oklahoma: Liquor store owners, distributors fight proposed Oklahoma ballot question   Source: News OK Brianna Bailey February 22, 2016   Oklahoma liquor store owners and a group representing two of the state’s largest liquor distributors have filed legal challenges to a proposed state question on wine and full-strength beer in grocery and convenience stores.   The Oklahoma Retail Liquor Association, …