Home-brewed gin kills 70 people in Nigeria: Health officials say local drink was found to contain large amounts of methanol

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Home-brewed gin kills 70 people in Nigeria: Health officials say local drink was found to contain large amounts of methanol   About 70 people have died in Nigeria after drinking home-brewed gin The local drink ogogoro was found to contain large amounts of methanol Ogogoro is west African alcoholic drink made from juice of raffia palm tree More than 20 people …

China: Ban OK’d on booze sales within 300m of universities

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China: Ban OK’d on booze sales within 300m of universities Bangkok Post Writer-Online Reporters June 18, 2015 The Alcohol Control Committee on Thursday approved a ban on alcohol sales within 300 metres of universities and vocational colleges, giving anti-booze activists 60% of what they wanted. The panel, chaired by Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin, finalised the announcement from the Prime …

PA: Alcohol policy panel talks privatization and economic impacts in Pa.

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PA: Alcohol policy panel talks privatization and economic impacts in Pa. PennLive.com By Madison Russ June 17, 2015 The Center for Alcohol Policy held two panel discussions in Harrisburg Wednesday to discuss the public health and safety aspects of alcohol regulation as well as the economic impact of Pennsylvania’s alcohol industry. The Virginia-based policy center, whose goal is to educate …

Public divided on heart benefits from alcohol consumption

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Public divided on heart benefits from alcohol consumption MedicalXpress June 16, 2015 In one of the first published studies using data from the Health eHeart Study, UCSF researchers have found that people are divided on the cardiovascular benefits of alcohol consumption. And, those who do perceive alcohol as “heart healthy” drink substantially more than their counterparts. The study is in …

Australia: Alcohol plan to tackle domestic violence

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Australia: Alcohol plan to tackle domestic violence 9 News June 17, 2015 Governments across the country are being urged to consider using an alcohol levy to pay for the cost of family violence on the community. The idea is contained in a new 20-point framework by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, launched by domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty …

Poll shows 60% of adults back Palcohol ban

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Poll shows 60% of adults back Palcohol ban Source: The Spirits Business by Melita Kiely 16th June, 2015 A national poll has revealed 60% of US adults support a total ban on controversial powdered alcohol product Palcohol. According to a new University of Michigan (UM) CS Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, 84% of American adults would also …

Collectors, Taxes and the Modern Day Bootleggers

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Collectors, Taxes and the Modern Day Bootleggers Source: Fred Minnick Blog By Fred Minnick June 15, 2015 The U.S. government wants its booze taxes. Last week, the TTB updated its TTB Tip Line to encourage citizens to report the illegal transactions of “alcohol and tobacco products into domestic commerce without the payment of taxes.” Does this mean the TTB will …

Why shouldn’t alcohol be sold in a free market?

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Why shouldn’t alcohol be sold in a free market? It’s a legal product. Source: Public Action Management By Pamela Erickson June 16, 2015 Advocates who want to loosen or eliminate various alcohol regulations claim our laws are “antiquated, Byzantine, or from the Prohibition era.” Their conclusion is that alcohol should be sold in our free market system just like any …

Drinking is central to college culture – and to sexual assault

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Drinking is central to college culture – and to sexual assault By Emma Brown, Steve Hendrix and Susan Svrluga June 14   Beer pong, body shots and keg stands. Fraternity parties, house parties and bar crawls. College, for many students, is a generously spiked four years. And with all that alcohol comes an increased risk of sexual violence, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation …

Dartmouth funeral home to soon start selling alcohol during visitations

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Dartmouth funeral home to soon start selling alcohol during visitations Truro Daily News By Zane Woodford, Metro Halifax June 16, 2015 DARTMOUTH – A funeral home in Dartmouth will soon become the first in the province to give those grieving the loss of a loved one the chance to do so with a drink. Atlantic Funeral Homes’ Main Street location was …