Tag Archives: Trends

More Americans Making Moonshine

Recession penny-pinching and the homemade food fad are driving more Americans — from hobbyists to trendy hipster kids — to make homemade liquor, or moonshine, the BBC reported July 18.  As many as a million Americans make their own distilled …

Snuff Sales, Price Hikes Bolster Tobacco Profits

Higher snuff sales, cost-cutting and price increases led the nation’s biggest tobacco company, Altria Group Inc., to a 3.2-percent increase in second-quarter profits, Bloomberg reported July 21. The company upped wholesale prices on all of its cigarette brands by eight cents …

N.M. Faces Medical Marijuana Shortage

Strict licensing and regulation of New Mexico’s medical-marijuana distribution has led to chronic shortages in supply of the drug, the Associated Press reported July 16. Only 11 growers have been approved in the three years since the state enacted its …

SAMHSA Document on Confidentiality Regulations Raises Further Questions

With national health reform moving the field toward coordination of all aspects of an individual’s medical care via “patient-centered medical homes,” longstanding federal requirements that govern information about clients in addiction treatment have come under scrutiny over their potential effect …

Binge Drinking May Be a Bone Breaker for Teens

Teenagers who engage in binge drinking could be upping their risk of developing osteoporosis later in life, a new animal study suggests. The Daily Mail reported July 15 that researchers found that adolescent rats given large doses of alcohol suffered …

Kansas Volume Pricing Law on Alcohol Delayed

Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson ordered the state’s alcohol regulation agency to delay enforcing a decades old — but largely ignored — law that requires bars to price drinks according to alcohol content, the Associated Press reported July 16. The law …

Dangers on Homefront Exceed Battlefield for Some Soldiers

Soldiers of the First Armored Division’s Fourth Brigade are statistically at higher risk of death upon returning to their home base of Fort Bliss, Texas, than they were while deployed in Iraq, the New York Times reported July 14. Drunk-driving …

Kombucha Disappears Amid Regulation Worries

Retailers and distributors have pulled back on the production and sale of kombucha, a popular tea, as the government tests the drink to see if it meets alcohol regulation standards, the Associated Press July 15. Some bottles of the drink, …

Violent Drinkers May Benefit from Mix of Counseling and Antidepressants

A small research study suggests that violent men with drinking problems can be treated successfully with a combination of addiction counseling, behavioral therapy, and antidepressants, Reuters reported July 9. The study of treatments for domestic abusers found that adding Prozac …

Cigarette Vending Machines, Nearly Extinct, Set to Evolve

Old-school cigarette vending machines have nearly disappeared from New York City bars, but a new generation of modern machines may soon take their place, the New York Times reported July 12. A reporter could only find three of the once-familiar …