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Alcohol Issues INSIGHTS keeps you fully informed about critical alcohol policy issues. Every month,Alcohol Issues INSIGHTS delivers four pages packed with the information you need to answer critics and educate the public. In addition, e-mail subscribers receive 40 weekly updates with the latest news.

Alcohol issues are increasingly on the front burner. Politicians, advocacy groups and the media are turning up the heat even as a large and growing body of scientific research establishes the many health benefits of moderate drinking. These very issues - attacks by anti-alcohol activists and the facts about the health benefits of moderate drinking - have always been the focus of Alcohol Issues INSIGHTS. Here's a small sampling of the news and info you'll get:

In Alcohol Issues INSIGHTS, you'll find exclusive articles. Some detail the latest studies adding to the vast body of research showing benefits of moderate consumption. Others monitor the progress against alcohol abuse. Still others track the latest moves of the New temperance movement.

Beer industry executives find Alcohol Issues INSIGHTS to be both informative and highly readable. Our editors distill key points from often complex material. When the research raises questions, we ask them. When the conclusions don't match the data, we point that out. Expert contacts developed by our editors over the years provide additional legal and scientific perspective. A one year-subscription - that's 12 monthly issues plus 40 weekly updates - is priced at $510 dollars (add $15 outside of US.). As with all our newsletters, we offer a money-back guarantee: if Alcohol Issues INSIGHTS fails to meet your expectations, we will gladly refund the unused portion of your subscription.



A Wisconsin bartender fined for serving an underage patron who was working as part of a police sting recently lost a Court of Appeals decision in which she argued she was entrapped by police. If the decision had gone in favor of the bartender, it may have created a problem for state law enforcement agencies that employ use of similar "sting" operations to crack down on serving underage drinkers. In this case, a 19 year-old female, working as an agent for the Jefferson County sheriff department in Jan 2009, entered a bar alone. She sat at the bar, was approached by the bartender Jodi Gromowski and ordered an alcoholic beverage. The court noted Gromowski "did not ask for identification or otherwise ask the agent her age," and was subsequently fined $249 for violating a Wisconsin law that states "no person may sell any alcohol beverages to any underage person not accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or spouse who has attained the legal drinking age." The decision was clear-cut in the eyes of the Circuit court which ruled against the bartender and the Appeals court which upheld the decision. But Gromowski argued that the use of a minor led…

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  • Year 2010
  • Volume 27
  • Issue # 9
The same edition of the cardiology journal included a positive overview of the current state of the research from pioneer alcohol/health researcher Dr. Arthur Klatsky from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in California. At this point, Dr. Klatsky believes there is a "compelling" case that "persons at coronary artery risk obtain a benefit from light-moderate drinking" even though "absolute proof…will not appear soon." Dr. Klatsky reminds that links between moderate drinking and better health date back to at least the mid-19th century when "Anstie, a prominent public health activist" proposed a "sensible limit" of "approximately 3 standard sized drinks" daily. (Not many "prominent public health activists" today would agree.) What's more, Dr. Klatsky notes that research linking moderate drinking to better health dates back to 1926, when a Baltimore study found moderate drinkers had lower mortality rates than heavy drinkers and abstainers. Many similar studies in subsequent decades came to the same conclusion. The association goes beyond correlation, Klatsky suggests. "Points favoring a causal protective effect of moderate alcohol drinking include proper time sequence, consistency in diverse healthy or unhealthy populations, plausible biological mechanisms … controlled trial data for surrogate end points and weakness of data supporting alternative explanations."…

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  • Year 2010
  • Volume 27
  • Issue # 4
While annual Monitoring the Future surveys show remarkable long-term declines in drinking prevalence among junior and senior high school students, the same surveys show some slight increases in drinking among young adults age 19-28, at least over the last decade. At the same time, attitudes about moderate and heavy drinking show some modest changes among this segment of the population. Just below 69% of 19-28 year olds drank monthly in 2008, according to MTF. That's up 2 points from 66.9% in 1998, though still 5 points below the 75% of 19-28 yr olds who drank monthly in the late 80s. Daily drinking among this age group increased from 4% to 5.3% over the last decade, though again that's down from 6.1% 20 years ago. Compare these trends to monthly drinking among 18 yr-olds, which dropped from 63.9% in 1988 to 52% in 98 then 43% in 2008. Similarly, daily drinking among 18 yr-olds declined from 4.2% to 3.9% to 2.8%. What about older adults? MTF data on those 30+ doesn't go as far back as the teen data, but monthly drinking among 35 yr-olds increased from 62.9% in 98 to 65% in 08; among 40 yr-olds the rate increased from…

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  • Year 2010
  • Volume 27
  • Issue # 3
A new House bill introduced by Lucille-Roybal Allard does not mention the Amethyst Initiative to reconsider minimum age 21, but it reads in part like a response to John McCardell and his colleagues. For example, the bill's "Findings" section leads off with the insistence that "The age-21 minimum drinking law

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  • Year 2009
  • Volume 26
  • Issue # 2
"The current US recommendation of one drink per day for an older adult, by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, may be restrictive." That's the provocative conclusion of a recent, detailed review of studies on the health effects of moderate drinking among older adults. "Emerging findings," the authors also point out, suggest that those over 65 "who consumed up to two drinks per day had no greater disability or mortality than those who consumed up to one per drink per day." Not only are these older moderate drinkers at "no greater disability," but older moderate drinkers benefit from a wide array of positive health associations, the authors point out. Among those benefits, detailed in the study and familiar to AII readers: Data from "more than 100 studies across 25 countries consistently demonstrate" an association between moderate alcohol consumption and reduced risk for coronary heart disease. "The relationship holds for mortality." Research suggests "that alcohol/wine can exert protective effects against other diseases such as cancer, diabetes, inflammatory liver disease and lower extremity arterial disease." "Reports of positive effects of alcohol/wine intake on bone density in older women." "There are emerging data to suggest that moderate alcohol intake is associated…

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  • Year 2008
  • Volume 25
  • Issue # 12
Here's yet another study that identified moderate drinking as a key lifestyle factor linked to better health, especially among older people. In fact, moderate drinking was more significant to "thriving" among this population than regular exercise or normal weight. In a first-of-its kind study, US and Canadian researchers followed over 2400 adults in Canada for a 10-year period. The subjects were 65 to 85 years old at the beginning of the survey. Most previous surveys of "healthy aging" measured results at a single point in time. "No other study has used such a follow-up survey with repeated measures to determine the maintenance of exceptionally good health in a large population-based sample of older persons," the authors pointed out. They rated health based on 8 attributes: vision, hearing, speech, ambulation, dexterity, emotion, cognition, and pain/discomfort. Scores could be as high as 1.0 and as low as a negative rating for an "all-worst" state, described as "worse than dead." The participants were placed into 4 groups: "thrivers (who maintained exceptional health with no or only mild disability), non-thrivers (moderate or severe disability)" the deceased and the institutionalized. Only 8% of the adults were considered "thrivers" over the 10 years of the study.…

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  • Year 2008
  • Volume 25
  • Issue # 11
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