Powdered alcohol ban now covers 31 US states

Source: The Spirits Business

by Melita Kiely

Powdered alcohol has now been outlawed in 31 US states and California legislators are hoping to become the latest addition to the list.

Alcohol Justice reported 31 states have now legislated or regulated total bans on powdered alcohol and the California Assembly unanimously passed AB1554 this week in a bid to do the same.

“We hope California will be state number 32 to ‘just say no’ to another stupid alcohol product that will appeal to kids,” said Bruce Lee Livingston, executive director and CEO of Alcohol Justice.

“Now that both California bills banning powdered alcohol have passed their house of origin, we expect them to sail forward, combine and get to governor Brown for a quick signature.”

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved the sale of powdered alcohol brand Palcohol in the US in March 2015.

The brand has found itself in the midst of controversy, but its founder Mark Phillips has always strongly refuted accusations and defended the product.

Livingston added: “We continue to agree with New York Senator Chuck Schumer who said Palcohol will become the ‘Kool-Aid’ of teenage binge drinking and will lead to acute alcohol poisoning and death.

 “We are grateful to the states that have placed public health and safety above commerce.

“We will continue to encourage elected leaders in states that have yet to take action to do so to keep the powdered alcohol threat out of their states as well.”

‘Ground-breaking’ drug could treat alcohol addiction

Source: The Spirits Business

by Annie Hayes

15th April, 2016

A drug currently used to treat angina and high blood pressure has been proven to reduce binge drinking in an “internationally significant” breakthrough.

Established beta blocker pindolol was proven to reduce alcohol consumption, particularly in relation to binge drinking, according to a study from Queensland University of Technology.

The drug – which already has approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – was found to diminish ethanol intake in animals, and is set to undergo human clinical trials.

Neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett, from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, told Medical Xpress: “Drugs currently used for AUDs – acamprosate, naltrexone and disulfiram – have limited success, so this is a ground-breaking development with enormous potential.

“In an internationally-significant breakthrough, our study showed pindolol was able to reduce ethanol/alcohol consumption, particularly in relation to binge drinking, a key behaviour observed in human alcohol dependence.”

The study was published in Addiction Biology, the Journal of the Society for the Study of Addiction.

Wine-drinking mothers getting implants to quit

Source: The Independent

17/04/2016

Dr Hugh Gallagher, a GP co-ordinator in the HSE addiction service, told the Sunday Independent that an implant, containing a drug called Naltrexone, is the new go-to treatment for women in their 30s, 40s and 50s who have developed a dependency on alcohol. Warning against the wine-drinking culture of ‘ladies who lunch’ and middle-class women who have become accustomed to a bottle of wine in the evenings to shake off the strain of the day, Dr Gallagher said the increase in wine consumption is partly caused by newly defined gender roles, which are placing more pressure and expectations on women.

On changing social habits, he also said catch-ups with female friends traditionally had over tea now largely centre around wine.

Here’s What Moderate Alcohol Consumption Really Looks Like

And six simple tips for practicing it.

 Source: U.S. News

By Toby Amidor

April 15, 2016

Although you may think you’re consuming a moderate amount of alcohol, your eyes – and the vessel in which your drink is served – can play tricks on you. Since April is Alcohol Awareness Month, it’s a good time to reflect on how much alcohol you’re taking in and to learn some simple tips and tricks to help keep your intake to the recommended amount.

 According to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, women who choose to drink shouldn’t have more than one drink a day, while men can consume up to two drinks a day. Women have a lower drink limit because they tend to be smaller in size, and have less water and more fat than men, and so they metabolize alcohol differently. One drink is defined as 12 fluid ounces of regular beer (5 percent alcohol by volume), 5 fluid ounces of wine (12 percent alcohol by volume) or 1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits, such as rum or vodka (40 percent alcohol by volume).

 And, to answer that question I know you want to ask: No, you can’t save all your drinks for Friday night.

 Moderate consumption of alcohol does have some health benefits. One observational study published in the British Medical Journal, for example, found responsibly drinking any type of alcohol was linked to a lower risk of heart disease. In other words, it seems to be the alcohol – not just components in drinks like red wine, as many believe – that helps protect the heart.

Still, that’s no reason to start drinking if you currently abstain, or to drink more than the recommended amount. Going overboard on a regular basis does have health implications, says Kathleen Zelman, a registered dietitian and nutrition communications consultant in Atlanta. “Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and liver disease,” she says. It can also cause you to gain weight and have poor nutrition.

If you’re a beer lover, you may be drinking more than you think. In North America, the release of beers with more than 6.5 percent alcohol increased 319 percent from 2011 to 2014. According to market research company Mintel, in 2014, one in four beers launched globally had an alcohol content of 6.5 percent or higher. So, even if you consume just 12-fluid ounces of this kind of beer, you’re still going over a woman’s one drink limit.

The same trend is being seen with wine. In the U.S., sales of wine with an alcohol content above 14 percent grew 12 percent last year. “If you choose a beverage with a higher alcohol content, you need to know that you are drinking more than one drink equivalent,” Zelman says. For example, a 5-ounce glass of wine with 15 percent alcohol is the equivalent of 1.3 drinks.

Here are six ways you can keep portions under control and minimize overconsumption:

Always use a measuring tool, like a jigger, when mixing distilled spirits or pouring them on the rocks.

Pay attention to the glass shape. The wider the glass, the higher the chance you will over-pour the alcohol. This is because you tend to judge volume by height.

Be more aware with clear-colored alcohol. One study found that it’s easier to pour less of a dark liquid (like red wine) than a clear liquid, such as rum or white wine. The clear liquid creates an optical illusion, which makes it seem like you’re pouring less liquid.

 Check the alcohol percentage. The higher the alcohol content, the less it takes to meet the drink equivalent.

 Enjoy alcohol with food. Eating food not only helps slow down the absorption of the alcohol, but it also enhances the flavor of the drink. (Think about drinking a nice glass of red wine with a filet mignon.)

Alternate alcohol with low-calorie drinks in order to stay hydrated and to keep in control of your alcohol consumption.