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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.



The 4th European Beer & Health Symposium, held in Brussels May 4, provided an impressive primer on the scientific research linking moderate consumption, specifically beer consumption, to a broad array of health benefits. Chaired by Prof. Jonathan Powell from the UK's Medical Research Council in Cambridge, scientists from Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Denmark, the Netherlands and elsewhere presented papers. Here are some highlights from the abstracts, some not even couched in standard scientific language: "In sum, apparently some alcohol can make the brain work better. Different scientific papers have found that those who even drink only two glasses of beer (or one glass of wine) have significantly sharper thought processes than teetotalers." Barley and hops contain compounds that "may be involved in chemo-prevention of cancer, bone protection or cognitive function improvement." Silicon, "found at high levels in beer

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  • Year 2006
  • Volume 23
  • Issue # 5
DC Superior Court Judge Frederick Weisberg made it five for five by dismissing -- with prejudice -- the original attempted class action filed in November 2003 against alcohol beverage suppliers and the Beer Institute for allegedly targeting underage youth with their marketing activities. Like his predecessors in California, Colorado, Ohio and Wisconsin, Judge Weisberg gave no credence to any of the Plaintiff's arguments. Specifically, he agreed with the industry members and dismissed the case because: 1) the plaintiff-parent "failed to establish that he has stand-ing" to sue either on his own behalf or as the "representative" of other parents; 2) "he has failed to state a claim on which relief can be granted." As elsewhere, the judge ruled that the Plaintiff failed to even allege any specific injury, failed to identify a single illegal purchase, "or that he or any child of his is the source of even one dime of Defendant's allegedly ill-gotten gains.'' What's more, the Plaintiff never singled out a single ad seen by any underage drinker "much less that he or she was influenced by Defendants' marketing techniques to purchase or consume" any product. And again like several colleagues, the judge was notably dismissive in his…

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  • Year 2006
  • Volume 23
  • Issue # 4
So far, state and federal judges clearly agree with alcohol beverage suppliers that the attempted class action suits are

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  • Year 2006
  • Volume 23
  • Issue # 3

That definitive statement is actually the title of a recent article in Stroke, a journal published by the American Heart Association. It may be one of the very rare in-stances of overstating a benefit of moderate drinking in that it suggests a causal effect, when like most studies it correlates drinking habits with a health outcome. An 8-year study of 3,176 New Yorkers found

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  • Year 2006
  • Volume 23
  • Issue # 2
National polls indicate the public continues to either not know or not believe the vast body of research de-tailing the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. The latest evidence comes from the annual national Monitoring the Future surveys. The MTF data attracts a great deal of media attention for its findings about youth alcohol, tobacco and drug use, (see December INSIGHTS), but it also tracks an older cohort. The table below shows percentages of young adults who say they: 1) Consumed at least one drink in the month prior to the survey; 2) Believe that moderate consump-tion - 1-2 drinks nearly every day - poses a "great risk" of harm; 3) "Disapprove" of moderate drinking. Perhaps the most important conclusion: the vast ma-jority of young adults continues to disapprove of mod-erate drinking. The actual percentages have bounced around over the last 20 years, but 60% or more of Americans age 19-30 still say they disapprove of the habit. Over 2/3 of 19-22 yr-olds and 27-30 yr olds disapprove of moderate drinking. Attitudes have softened somewhat from the early 90s, when nearly 80% disapproved, but the numbers haven't changed much over the last 5 years. In fact, disapproval rates rose among the…

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  • Year 2006
  • Volume 23
  • Issue # 1
As INSIGHTS went to press, 2005 data from the an-nual Monitoring the Future surveys was released. Following a slight increase in teen drinking rates in 2004, the percentage of high school seniors who said they

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  • Year 2005
  • Volume 22
  • Issue # 12
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