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Binge drinking in adolescence may increase risk for anxiety later in life

3/11/19--A growing body of evidence supports the idea that alcohol exposure early in life has lasting effects on the brain and increases the risk of psychological problems in adulthood. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that adolescent binge drinking, even if discontinued, increases the risk for anxiety later in life due to abnormal epigenetic programming. The findings of the study, which was conducted in animals, was published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. Read

Beer makers, thirsty for growth, push into cannabis market

1/17/19--The makers of Budweiser, Coors, and other large-scale brewers are placing their bets on marijuana as a way to fight saturated markets and shifting consumer trends. For years, the industry’s largest players have struggled with stagnating markets and shifting consumer tastes, so now they are fighting back by pushing into the marijuana industry as a potential engine for future growth. Read

New Distilled Spirits Council study shows no impact on spirits sales from legalized recreational marijuana

1/10/19--Distilled spirits sales have not been negatively impacted in the three states that have had legalized recreational marijuana retail sales the longest, according to a study by the Distilled Spirits Council. This new in-depth analysis, utilizing state-level alcohol tax receipts and actual alcohol shipment data, examined per capita alcohol sales in Colorado, Washington state and Oregon for the two years prior to recreational marijuana legalization and up to 3-4 years post-legalization. Read

Constellation Brands stock sinks 11% after releasing disappointing 2019 outlook

1/9/19--Shares of Constellation Brands dropped 11 percent in premarket trading Wednesday morning. Constellation Brands said it expects to earn between $9.20 and $9.30 per share for the fiscal 2019 year, on an adjusted basis, missing analysts' expectations of $9.43 per share. The company's stock, which has a market value of $32.7 billion, struggled in 2018, with shares ending the year down 30 percent. Read

Pernod Ricard eyes 12-18 months to assess marijuana legislation impact

11/21/18--Pernod Ricard needs 12-18 months before it can determine whether the legalization of marijuana will dent the consumption of premium spirits. According to the company’s chief executive, Alexandre Ricard, “To date there is no evidence that the legalization of marijuana will have an impact on the consumption of premium spirits. We continue to monitor it.” Read

Blue Moon’s founding brewer pops top on pot-infused beer

11/12/18--Keith Villa, who invented Blue Moon Belgian Wheat more than two decades ago, next month will launch the first beer from new venture CERIA Brewing Co. Grainwave Belgian-Style White Ale has no alcohol and includes 5 milligrams of THC, the high-producing ingredient found in marijuana plants. Made with blood orange peel and coriander, the ale "has a richer, deeper orange character and a little different type of bitterness because of the cannabinoids," Villa said. Read

AB InBev watching the legal marijuana market closely

10/28/18--The world’s biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), says it is keeping a close eye on the burgeoning marijuana market. Major brewing giants are increasingly linking up with marijuana producers as countries legalize the plant. This is partly because brewers are in some cases selling less beer where marijuana has been legalized. Read

Alcohol companies are seeing green in weed

9/11/18--As alcohol consumption around the world keeps falling, big distillers and brewers are putting their money into marijuana-infused, non-alcoholic cocktails. A string of deals between alcohol companies and marijuana companies illustrate the next big thing in beverages. Read

Anheuser-Busch heir shuns beer for push into Colorado marijuana

9/12/18--Adolphus Busch V, the 27-year-old great-great-grandson of the beer magnate Adolphus Busch, has launched a line of disposable marijuana vape pens, under the brand ABV Cannabis. The ABV vape pens are now in about two dozen stores. Busch decided to focus on the product because of growing popularity among marijuana users who want to avoid smoking. Read

Drinking alcohol while breastfeeding could affect child’s development, study finds

7/31/18--Mothers who drink alcohol during lactation could be affecting their breastfed baby’s cognitive abilities, according to a new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study found that when infants were exposed to alcohol through their mother’s breast milk, the child had a dose-dependent reduction in his or her cognitive ability by ages 6 and 7. By ages 10 and 11, though, this reduction was no longer evident. Read

IOGT World Congress Declaration

8/16/18--69th IOGT World Congress urges governments to make alcohol policy the priority it should be and calls for Framework Convention on Alcohol Control. 42 countries, 77 delegates and 320 participants all together took part in the 69th session of the IOGT International World Congress. Read

Prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in 4 US communities

2/6/18--Estimated prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders among first-graders in 4 communities in the Rocky Mountain, Midwestern, Southeastern, and Pacific Southwestern regions of the United States ranged from 1.1% to 5.0% using a conservative approach. These findings may represent more accurate US prevalence estimates than previous studies but may not be generalizable to all communities. Read

Implications of higher than expected prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

2/6/18--Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are a group of serious, chronic, systemic diseases that are caused by prenatal alcohol exposure and characterized by central nervous system damage and physical deficits that subsequently lead to a wide range of permanent and lifelong health consequences. A study featured in JAMA reports the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum estimates are 10 times higher than those previously reported. However, the authors caution that their findings may not be generalized to all US communities, but also suggested that their estimates are likely more accurate than previously reported estimates for the United States. Read

Promising therapy’ for alcohol abuse

6/28/18--Fatemeh Akhlaghi, the Ernest Mario Distinguished Chair in Pharmaceutics, is part of a team working to develop a novel medication to treat alcohol use disorder, the term scientists and health practitioners use. Funded by a $1.65 million grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the URI team is testing the safety and efficacy of a drug originally developed by Pfizer to treat obesity and diabetes. Read

Yukon Government Gives In to Liquor Industry on Warning Label Experiment

1/6/18--The Yukon government stopped affixing health risk warning labels on bottles and cans of beer, wine, and liquor in a government-owned store in Yukon Territory after several alcohol industry lobbying groups challenged both the research study and the legality of the government’s participation. Read

Helping settle the marijuana and alcohol debate

12/11/17--Data on purchases of alcoholic beverages in grocery, convenience, drug, or mass distribution stores in US counties for 2006-2015 was gathered to study the link between medical marijuana laws and alcohol consumption, in addition to focusing on settling the debate between the substitutability or complementarity between marijuana and alcohol. Read

Budweiser’s ex-marketing chief sees cannabis as the new craft beer

11/13/17--Chris Burggraeve, former chief marketing officer for Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the brewer of Budweiser beer, is moving from barley and hops to cannabis as the alcohol industry casts its sights on the burgeoning market for state-sanctioned marijuana. The former beer executive is one of many entrepreneurs and investors increasingly flocking to the cannabis industry from the traditional business world. Read

How Big Alcohol learned to stop worrying and love marijuana

11/7/17--Seemingly, businesses involved in the manufacture and sale of beer now also have a stake in the marijuana industry, following a longstanding booze industry bias against marijuana. "Big Alcohol" knows a huge opportunity when it sees it, and like a beer company scooping up other beer companies—or makers of wine or liquor—it’s a smart business move. Read

Immune system linked to alcohol drinking behavior

9/15/17--In laboratory studies using mice, researchers have been able to switch off the impulse to drink alcohol by giving mice a drug that blocks a specific response from the immune system in the brain. This research is one of the first of its kind to show a link between the brain's immunity and the motivation to drink alcohol at night. Read

Traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents could lead to alcohol abuse in later life

8/14/17--Researchers have surveyed previous studies to investigate the relationship between traumatic brain injuries and alcohol abuse. They found evidence that traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents could be a risk-factor for alcohol abuse in later life, and they advise that brain injury survivors should be given special attention to address potential substance abuse issues. Read

First secondhand smoke, now secondhand harm from drinking

7/27/17--Harm from alcohol can extend beyond the drinker, resulting in "secondhand harm" caused by intoxicated people. Prior research suggests that more than 70 percent of college undergraduates have experienced harm from other students' drinking. A new study examined the prevalence and types of secondhand harm among Canadian undergraduates, and whether certain personality risks for alcohol use disorder -- impulsivity, sensation seeking, hopelessness, anxiety, sensitivity -- can predict secondhand-harm exposure. Read

Mass. wants to update its alcohol laws. Not all are happy

3/30/17--Last year, Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg  announced a major push to rewrite the state’s alcohol laws. Yet, just as the treasurer’s Alcohol Task Force begins its work in earnest this month, with a series of public hearings and a call for proposed changes, a legion of public health advocates has suddenly jumped into the debate. Read

A third of high school students ride with drivers who have been drinking

5/17/17--One in three high school students reports riding with a driver who has been drinking, while nearly one in five was in a car where the driver had consumed marijuana, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. The study also found that while boys were more likely to drive after drinking or using marijuana, girls had higher odds of riding with drivers who had been drinking. Read

People are picking marijuana over alcohol

4/21/17--According to a team of Cowen analysts led by Vivien Azer, consumers appear to be choosing marijuana over alcohol. They believe alcohol could be under pressure for the next decade, based on their data analysis covering 80 years of alcohol and 35 years of cannabis incidence in the U.S. Read

Researchers believe legal marijuana could hurt beer sales

3/14/17--A new study has found that 27 percent of beer drinkers say they have already substituted marijuana for beer or would do so if recreational use became legal in their state. The beer industry stands to lose about 7 percent of total sales -- worth $2 billion -- if marijuana becomes legal nationally, according to the study from the Cannabiz Consumer Group (C2G). Read

Beer sales don’t take a hit from marijuana legalization, study finds

1/13/16--According to new research, the legalization of marijuana in several US states has not curbed beer sales. Americans managed to find room for both. In states where medical marijuana is legal, beer consumption was down 0.6% on average in the three years leading up to legalization, but rose 0.1% in the three years after. Read