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AU: Is the “alcopops” tax working?

Dienstag 19. Juli 2011 von htm

Probably yes but there is a bigger picture.
The Australian Government’s decision to raise taxes on ready-to-drink spirit-based beverages (RTDs; “alcopops”) in 2008 caused great controversy. Interest groups have selectively cited evidence to support their points of view.
The alcohol industry cited Victorian data from the Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug Survey (ASSADS) as evidence that the tax had failed, but closer examination of the data suggests that fewer students are drinking, and fewer are drinking at risky or high-risk levels. Excise data from the first full year after the tax came into effect showed a more than 30% reduction in RTD sales and a 1.5% reduction in total pure alcohol sold in Australia. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/17/11)

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alcohol taxes, Alcopops, Allgemein, consumption, Global, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Price, Research, societal effects, Statistics, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Calif Assembly bans caffeine-laced beer drinks

Mittwoch 13. Juli 2011 von htm

The California Assembly moved Monday to prohibit the production and sale of beer laced with caffeine and join other states concerned the beverages are aimed at young people and make it easy to drink too much.
The ban was approved on a 43-24 vote. It passed the state Senate in April but that chamber must now reconsider changes made by the Assembly before the bill can be sent to the governor.
The bill, SB39, would ban the import, production, distribution or retail sale of beer and related alcoholic beverages that have caffeine added. At least six other states have passed similar bans. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/11/11) sacbee.com, 07/11/11

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alcopops, Allgemein, Availability, Global, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Gasolina “Party in a Pouch” Adds New Fuel to the Booze Fire Targeting Urban Kids

Donnerstag 30. Juni 2011 von htm

Gasolina-CapriSun Following in the footsteps of brands like Four Loko and Blast who use colorful, youth-oriented packaging and pop-culture icons to market their products to an underage, urban demographic, newcomer Gasolina Urban Blends has upped the ante with its “Party in a Pouch“ line: Brightly colored, 200-ml aluminum pouches complete with little straws inside to suck up the vodka, tequila, and rum, plus some fruit juice.
These pouches look remarkably similar to Capri Sun. Yes, the same packaging you see at youth soccer games across the country has now been repurposed for easy-access, take-anywhere alcohol. … (Source: Marin Institute, 06/29/11)

Kategorie: Advertising, Alcohol industry, Alcopops, Allgemein, Global, societal effects, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

UK: Supermarkets promote alcopops more than any other drink

Donnerstag 30. Juni 2011 von htm

– reports the Telegraph. A survey found 47 per cent of alcopops had been on offer in the past year, compared to only 20 per cent of red wines and 10 per cent of after-dinner tipples such as port. The Health Secretary recently called on supermarkets to take further action on front of store sales as part of the controversial Responsibilty Deal. (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 06/29/11) telegraph.co.uk, 06/05/11

Kategorie: Advertising, Alcohol industry, Alcopops, Allgemein, Children, consumption, Global, Politics, Research, Statistics, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: The Four Loko Effect

Dienstag 24. Mai 2011 von htm

The popular, formerly caffeinated, fruity alcoholic beverage, Four Loko, has been blamed for the spike in alcohol-related hospitalizations, especially throughout college campuses.
Initially, caffeine was deemed the culprit and the Food and Drug Administration ordered all traces of caffeine to be removed from Four Loko and all other similar beverages. However, according to an upcoming evaluation in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, caffeine might not be the primary cause of the spike in hospitalizations. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 5/23/11) psychologicalscience.org, 5/23/11

Kategorie: Abhängigkeit, Alcohol industry, Alcopops, Allgemein, Global, Health, Politics, Prevention, Research, Statistics | Keine Kommentare »

USA: The New Spirits „Thin-dustry“

Donnerstag 5. Mai 2011 von htm

In an attempt to find yet another way to target the young female demographic, spirits producers have sprung new lines of premixed drinks designed and marketed to associate drinking their products with weight loss. This new trend toward spirits marketed as “low-cal” even has its own industry label: The “Thin-dustry.” This move by the spirits industry marks an obvious attempt to follow in the footsteps of the Big Beer duopoly, where for the past several years MillerCoors and Anheuser Busch InBev have seen success through marketing low-cal and low-carb beer lines targeted to both men and women. (Source: Marin Institute, 5/4/11)

Kategorie: adults, Advertising, Alcohol industry, Alcopops, Allgemein, consumption, Gender, Global, societal effects, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Marin Institute Says Don’t Forget Four Loko, Joose, and Tilt

Donnerstag 5. Mai 2011 von htm

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (APRIL 21, 2011) – Alcohol industry watchdog Marin Institute applauded 17 state attorneys general and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera for their quick action to stop the latest supersized alcopop – Blast by Colt 45.
„State law-enforcers heard the national outcry,“ said Bruce Lee Livingston, executive director of Marin Institute. “Supersized alcopop Blast is too big, too potent and marketed to youth.”
The sickly sweet, 12% alcohol fruity-flavored beverage is sold in 23.5 oz. cans, which the attorneys general deemed “impossible to drink responsibly.” Marin Institute had mounted a petition campaign before the product’s official release on April 5, targeting the Metropoulos family – new owners of Colt 45 parent Pabst Brewing Company. Activists drew public attention to the dangerous brew and its exploitative viral marketing to young fans of hip-hop/rap star Snoop Dogg, the spokesperson and public face of the new product.
Minister Paul Scott, of Durham, NC-based Messianic Afrikan Ministry said, “We must stop these corporations from using the beautiful art of Hip Hop to destroy young minds. Music should instead be used to strengthen them.” … (Source: Marin Institute, 4/25/11)

Kategorie: Advertising, Alcohol industry, Alcopops, Alerts, Allgemein, Binge Drinking, Global, Politics, Prevention, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: 17 Attorneys General Call on Pabst to Stop Marketing Blast to Young Drinkers

Samstag 23. April 2011 von htm

Calling the new fruity alcoholic drink Blast by Colt 45 “binge-in-a-can,” 17 attorneys general are asking the drink’s maker, Pabst Brewing Co., to stop marketing the beverage to underage drinkers and to significantly reduce the number of servings of alcohol in each can.
The drink, being promoted by rapper Snoop Dogg, comes in a colorful can containing 23.5 ounces, with an alcohol content of 12 percent—more than most cans of beer, CNN reports. (Source: Join Togerther, 04/22/11)

Kategorie: Advertising, Alcohol industry, Alcopops, Allgemein, Global, Politics, Prevention, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Phusion Projects and United Brands Skip Out on New York Alcopop Hearing

Donnerstag 21. April 2011 von htm

It may have been the most important public hearing on alcopops to date, and yet two major producers of these dangerous products couldn’t be bothered to show up.
The New York Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse held a public hearing on April 12 to discuss the need to restrict youth access to alcopops: sweet, fruit-flavored alcohol drinks, often with alcohol levels as high as 12%. Alcopops producers directly market them to underage drinkers, and cost hundreds of lives and billions of dollars of alcohol-related harm annually.
Setting an example for all states, New York State has conducted studies that revealed the startling availability of alcopops to teens. Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), chair of the Committee, recently introduced Senate Bill 4221 to address the problem by restricting the sale of flavored malt beverages to liquor stores. As part of the legislative process, the recent Committee hearing provided a forum for both for both opponents and proponents to make their case about alcopop availability on the record and before relevant lawmakers. … (Source: Marin Institute, 04/20/11)

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alcopops, Allgemein, Events, Global, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Social Costs, societal effects, Statistics, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Energy Drink Plus Alcohol Cocktail Raises Risks Linked To Drinking More Than Alcohol By Itself

Montag 18. April 2011 von htm

Mixing energy drinks, such as Red Bull with alcohol is probably more hazardous than consuming alcohol alone, researchers from Northern Kentucky University revealed in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. The authors explain that energy-drink cocktails have become fashionable and have been anecdotally associated with risky drinking practices, resulting in injuries and accidents. They add that there is not much research about comparing energy drinks plus alcohol with alcohol alone. … (Source: Medical News Today, 04/17/11)

Kategorie: Alcopops, Allgemein, consumption, Global, Health, Research, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

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