Tag Archives: Consumption Rates

Cold Beer Banned in Attempt to Prevent Public Drinking

A Chicago suburb has banned the sale of some cold beer in order to address a local problem with public drinking, NBC News reported Oct. 24. Arlington Heights, Ill., has banned the sale of cold single beers in cans (24 …

Minnesota Supreme Court Calls Bong Water a Controlled Substance

Individuals can be prosecuted under drug laws for possessing a small amount of bong water that contains traces of marijuana or other controlled substances, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled. The Associated Press reported Oct. 23 that the court, in …

Police Tip Not Enough to Justify Breath Test for DWI, Court Says

Police need to personally observe signs of impaired driving before pulling over a driver and administering tests for DWI, even if they received an alert from citizens about a possible drunk driver, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The Christian …

Controlled Substances at Center of Medicaid Fraud Probe

A new government report has uncovered 65,000 apparent cases of “doctor shopping” for controlled substances in five states that amount to Medicaid fraud, Becker’s Hospital Review reported Oct. 1. The study from the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), Medicaid: Fraud …

Va. ’Sticker Shock’ Campaign Highlights Risks, Consequences of Giving Alcohol to Minors

Alexandria, Va. – Teams of youth and adults from Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties and the City of Alexandria joined forces on October 10 to launch the first Northern Virginia regional Sticker Shock campaign, a youth-led initiative to …

Oregon Partnership Launches Campaign Aimed at Old Navy Stores

Portland, Oregon – Oregon Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating alcohol and drug abuse, has called for Old Navy stores to discontinue the sale of t-shirts with binge drinking messages such as “Beer Pressure – Worth Giving In To!” and …

Truck Crashes Way Down Since Alcohol Testing Began

There have been 23-percent fewer alcohol-related truck crashes per mile in the U.S. since commercial truck drivers were required to submit to alcohol testing beginning in 1995, Reuters reported Oct. 1. In fact, the rate of alcohol-related crashes resulting in …

State Can Control Airborne Alcohol, Judge Says

The state of New Mexico was within its rights to prevent US Airways from serving alcohol on flights to the state after a drunken passenger was involved in a fatal auto crash, a federal judge has ruled. The Associated Press …

Brain-Injury Deaths Lower Among Alcohol Users

Survival rates are higher among brain-injury patients who had alcohol in their bloodstream when they got hurt, according to a new study which found that drinkers spent less time on ventilators or in the intensive-care unit than victims who did …

Guns Now Legal in Ariz. Bars

Gun-owners can now legally carry their weapons into Arizona bars. The only catch: they can’t drink. The Associated Press reported Sept. 29 that a new law allows concealed weapons in establishments that serve alcohol, if bar or restaurant owners agree. …