MUP debate ‘driven wedge’ between groups

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MUP debate ‘driven wedge’ between groups   Source: The Spirits Business by Amy Hopkins 21st October, 2015   The debate around minimum pricing on alcohol has had the “regrettable” effect of “driving a wedge” between drinks groups, lawmakers and health lobbyists, according to the head of Spirits Europe.   Speaking to The Spirits Business, Paul Skehan, secretary general of trade …

Marijuana Use in U.S. Doubled Over Recent 10-Year Period

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Marijuana Use in U.S. Doubled Over Recent 10-Year Period   About 3 in 10 users are abusing or dependent on the drug, according to a new study   Source: WSJ By Shirley S. Wang Oct. 21, 2015   The use of marijuana in the U.S. doubled over a recent 10-year period, and about 3 in 10 users are abusing or …

Ben & Jerry’s is making craft beer ice cream

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Ben & Jerry’s is making craft beer ice cream   Source: Fortune by  Chris Morris October 21, 2015   Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing and Vermont ice cream baron Ben & Jerry’s are making their recently announced partnership a double dip.   The companies on Wednesday announced plans to introduce Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale – a limited edition ice cream that …

Mixing Alcohol and Marijuana

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Mixing Alcohol and Marijuana   Source: Public Action Management By Pamela Erickson and Lise Gervais October 20th   As marijuana becomes legal for recreational use in more states, it is likely more people will use it with alcohol. What do we know about combining these substances? What are the physiological effects and is there a safe level of use for …

After USA TODAY reveals problems, Army revises drug, alcohol abuse program

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After USA TODAY reveals problems, Army revises drug, alcohol abuse program   Source: USA Today Gregg Zoroya October 20, 2015   The Army is placing medical officials in charge of substance abuse treatment for soldiers in the wake of a USA TODAY investigation that uncovered poor treatment and a spike in suicides among those suffering addiction.   Army Secretary John …

Go teetotal to reduce dementia risks, NHS says

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Go teetotal to reduce dementia risks, NHS says   Official NHS advice on prevention of dementia warns ‘there is no safe level of alcohol consumption’ which does not increase risk of the condition                                     Source: The Telegraph By Laura Donnelly, Health Editor 21 Oct 2015   Middle-aged people should go teetotal to reduce the risk of dementia, health watchdogs have …

SWA’s Frost Wants to Help Solve Alcohol Abuse Problems

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SWA’s Frost Wants to Help Solve Alcohol Abuse Problems   Source: WhiskyCast Mark Gillespie October 18, 2015    “There’s definitely more to be done, and we, the industry, want to be part of making that better,” says Scotch Whisky Association chief executive David Frost of Scotland’s alcohol abuse problem. To the industry’s critics, that’s like a fox pledging to a …

During pregnancy, don’t drink a drop of alcohol, pediatricians warn

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During pregnancy, don’t drink a drop of alcohol, pediatricians warn   Source: Chicago Tribune October 20, 2015   While some studies have hinted that a little alcohol might be harmless during pregnancy, a leading U.S. pediatricians group has issued a new warning that no amount of drinking is safe while pregnant.   “The only guarantee of having no effects from …

Americans are drinking themselves to death – and alcohol is ruining more lives than all other drugs combined

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Americans are drinking themselves to death – and alcohol is ruining more lives than all other drugs combined   Source: Raw Story Kali Holloway 20 Oct 2015   While our current political conversations often involve concerned discussions about marijuana’s imagined dangers or potential benefits (recall that the most recent Republican and Democratic debates both dedicated time to the question of …

Excessive drinking cost $249bn to US economy: CDC

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Excessive drinking cost $249bn to US economy: CDC?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” /   Source: DBR 19 October 2015   Excessive alcohol consumption affected the US economy to the tune of $249bn or $2.05 per drink in 2010, compared to $223.5bn, or $1.90 per drink, in 2006, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …