Alcohol Drinks – Refoksa Tue, 16 Aug 2022 13:54:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alcohol Drinks – Refoksa 32 32 Delhi drinkers kept dry after government reversal on alcohol policy | India Tue, 16 Aug 2022 12:32:00 +0000

Across India’s capital, the sound of metal shutters being lowered during off-license permits has left drinkers dry.

The drought, which is expected to last until September 1, is the result of the Delhi government’s abandonment of a new alcohol policy that would have allowed private companies to operate without a license.

Drinkers have been the target of U-turns by the city government, led by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). A few months ago, government-owned liquor outlets were flooded after offering deep discounts for the first time: buy one, get one free and 50% off all types of alcohol.

The unprecedented discounts were being offered because traders had to run out of stock before the new policy took effect.

The AAP was about to withdraw from the management of off-licence licenses and hand them over to private owners. The new stores were to be modern and well-lit, unlike the dingy-in-the-wall stores that sold liquor, and they would be open until 3 a.m. The legal drinking age was to be lowered from 25 to 21.

Politics, however, quickly became a flashpoint between the AAP and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which governs federally from New Delhi. The two parties have been at odds over policies for years and the new privatization policy has proven no different.

The BJP criticized the long queues and growing crowds caused by the discounts. The AAP “promoted” drunkenness, the BJP tut-tutté.

More than the discounts, however, the BJP has started attacking the AAP’s bidding process for awarding licenses to 849 private operators.

The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is a civil servant appointed by the federal government. The current incumbent, Vinai Kumar Saxena, has accused the AAP of “procedural faults” – a euphemism for corruption – in the bidding process.

The BJP-controlled Federal Central Bureau of Investigation has begun investigating the allegations.

Faced with opposition, the AAP announced on July 30 the abandonment of its policy and the resumption by the Delhi government of control of the shops.

Overnight, the party turned into a famine. The specials were gone and there wasn’t a drop of alcohol to be had. Off-licences were closed as bars and restaurants ran out of alcohol to sell.

Determined drinkers crossed the border into neighboring Haryana state, which has a different policy.

The background to the crisis is the political rivalry between the BJP and the AAP, which projects itself as an alternative to the BJP.

This rivalry has led to frequent clashes in the past, especially since the centrally appointed Lieutenant Governor has the final say on all decisions made by the Delhi government.

“Basically this is all political and has nothing to do with alcohol,” said a Delhi resident who did not want to be named. “Revenue from the licensing has generated a large amount of money for the AAP which it can use to fight the BJP in the elections. The BJP wants to dry up the funds of the AAM, which is why it attacked the new policy.

Subhash Brar (name changed), who got a license in Greater Kailash, said he was shocked by the U-turn but understood the AAP’s policy reversal.

“He is facing a CBI investigation, political pressure from the BJP and the fact that the Lieutenant Governor, the final authority, will side with the BJP. It made any fight futile,” he said.

Until September 1, Delhi is to be a dry city and even then it is unclear how many off-licences will reopen.

Kowanyama’s take-out liquor license has upsides and downsides for Cape York’s remote community Sun, 14 Aug 2022 20:41:13 +0000

To legally buy booze in this Queensland pub, you have to blow the bag – and you have to blow zero.

Kowanyama, a remote town in western Cape York, was one of seven Indigenous communities in Queensland where Prohibition was introduced in 2008.

In 2014, the local canteen reopened serving restricted amounts of alcohol.

This year, the community gained more alcohol freedom, successfully obtaining a take-out license.

But this freedom is restricted.

Each person is limited to purchasing 12 medium-strength drinks per night, and only Wednesday through Saturday between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

To enter the canteen, customers must register, take a breathalyzer test, and return a zero blood alcohol level, even to buy takeout.

Some residents of Kowanyama register their homes as “dry places”, with penalties for anyone who brings alcohol.(ABC Far North: Mark Rigby )

They can then, for example, have four drinks at the bar and take eight home.

Producing a member or visitor card at the bar allows staff to keep tabs on the number of drinks consumed, while customers are kept informed of their limit by a flashing digital display on the cash register.

A similar canteen opened this month on the other side of Cape York, in Lockhart River – another of the seven communities where Prohibition was introduced in 2008.

Sites on Mornington Island and Pormpuraaw, west of Cape York, are also in the process of applying for extensions to their existing liquor licenses.

“Hardly anyone here”

Many Kowanyama residents gathered this month for the annual rodeo ball, held at the canteen.

Thomas Hudson, president of the Kowanyama Sport and Recreation Association which runs the canteen, said the purpose of the ball was to bring the community together.

An Aboriginal man in jeans and a plaid shirt stands under a string of balloons that read
Kowanyama Sport and Recreation Association President Thomas Hudson leads the annual rodeo ball.(ABC Far North: Mark Rigby)

“To make people dress up and be proud of themselves because we don’t do that every day here in our community,” Hudson said.

Attendance at this year’s event, the first since its inception where take-out alcohol is available, was down from previous years.

The steady stream of people buying from the canteen’s take-out counter before it closed at 8 p.m. confirmed what prom attendee Clive ‘Smokey’ Gilbert suspected – that many were choosing to drink at home.

“There’s hardly anyone in the canteen here,” Smokey said.

“When there was no takeaway in this pub it was busy but you don’t see it now, they always come home now.”

Two Indigenous men stand side by side under fluorescent lights in a bar.
Clive ‘Smokey’ Gilbert (L) and Kowanyama Mayor Robbie Sands (R) attended this year’s rodeo ball.(ABC Far North: Mark Rigby)

Kowanyama resident Gwendolyn Dick said that despite the below-average attendance, the ball managed to bring the community together for a long period of sad affairs.

“We’ve had four deaths recently, and another last week,” Ms Dick said.

“It’s good to see all the families in the community come together as one because we often can’t during sad affairs and funerals.”

Return of rights and responsibilities

Most in Kowanyama welcome the return of the canteen and take-out liquor sales, including the community women’s support group.

Security providers and canteen customers said the increase in takeaway sales had led to a reduction in fighting and anti-social behavior in the pub.

“It’s good for the community,” Smokey said.

“It keeps them out of trouble and people are enjoying their beers at home watching the football.”

Figures bathed in fluorescent light in an outdoor bar.
Rodeo Ball attendance has declined in 2022, with take-out sales meaning more people choose to drink at home instead.(ABC Far North: Mark Rigby)

For Michael Yam, former mayor of the Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, the resumption of take-out alcohol sales at the community canteen is a return to the rights and responsibilities of city dwellers.

“It’s time they gave us something back,” he said.

“It will probably minimize sneaky grogging because, as we know, in our community there are always opportunists who are going to do that.”

And he said there were benefits for people who chose to drink at home rather than in the canteen.

“Some families take their drinks home so they can be home with their kids instead of drinking at the club all the time away from their little ones.”

Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Mayor Wayne Butcher said the community’s newly opened canteen had taken “14 years in the making”.

“It created 10 new jobs in the community overnight, so it’s great to see a lot of young people working as crowd controllers, security or people serving alcohol behind the bar and preparing food” , did he declare.

“That’s the other side of the coin that we can’t look at or focus too much on.”

Meet Bristol’s Founder Leading the Soft Drinks Industry Thu, 11 Aug 2022 10:21:09 +0000 As Bristol-based Ellie Webb wins Soft Drinks Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2022 Food and Drink Heroes’ Awards, we sit down to hear all about her journey.

A young entrepreneur from Bristol has been named Soft Drinks Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2022 Food and Drink Heroes’ Awards.

Ellie Webb, the founder of Calenoa drinks maker founded to provide fun and tasty alcohol-free spirits options, has joined Britain’s top food and drink companies in the national awards final.

Food and Drink Heroes was launched in 2020 by the team behind the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, but was held in person for the first time this year in Wickham.

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The organizers felt that a program focusing on catering and hospitality was necessary given the high volume and quality of applicants for the food and drink category of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, and even added three additional categories to the second year of Food and Drink Heroes in response to huge levels of interest.

Caleno was inspired by Ms. Webb’s legacy and the inspiration she found in her Latin roots

So where did Ms. Webb get the idea for Caleño and how did the Bristol-based company come about? “Caleño was born out of personal frustration,” says Ms. Webb.

“I was a few years ago at a non-alcoholic party with friends during Dry January, and I didn’t feel at all inspired by the non-alcoholic drinks on offer.

“Why not drinking would mean not having fun?” I decided it was time to bring some “not drinking” joy – and that’s where Caleño was born.

As for how the business got started, Ms Webb says it first came to life in her kitchen in Bristol, but that was 5,000 miles later on a trip back to Colombia , where her mother is from, that she felt truly inspired to reconnect with her Latin roots.

“After soaking up the vibrant colors and tropical flavors, I decided to go home and bottle it,” she says. “The word ‘Caleño’ means ‘from Cali’, the Colombian town where my mother is from, a place famous for its salsa, food and culture.

“Colorful Colombian cities like Cartagena and Guatape inspired Caleño’s bold and bright bottle designs.”

Caleno is getting better and better and is a brand to watch

Fast forward to today and Caleño is now a double range of distilled non-alcoholic tropical spirits, available in most major UK supermarkets.

“We’re on a mission to create more joyful moments and change people’s perception of what it means not to drink,” Ms Webb says. “Just because you don’t drink alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time and enjoy a delicious drink.”

Clearly, Ms Webb is proving something right, as the awards had 700 applicants who were narrowed down to 14 winners by a panel of expert judges from industry-leading companies including Selfridges, McDonalds and Costa Coffee.

Food and Drink Heroes founder Francesca James said all of the finalists were exceptional: “The exceptional level of this year’s finalists proved us right that UK food and drink entrepreneurs deserved their own program. of awards to showcase the breadth of the industry. .

“The competition was fierce, so those shortlisted should be assured that they showed an incredible level of determination, entrepreneurship and drive.”

The final took place at Ideas Fest in Wickham

I wonder what this whirlwind journey of starting a business felt for Ms. Webb. “Crazy! When I think about the fact that I started this brand just three and a half years ago, it takes my breath away,” she says.

“But I loved every second of it and learned so many valuable lessons along the way. I have a mentor who gives me great advice including ‘fail fast, learn fast and move on.’

“I think it’s important that you are not afraid of failure; things will go wrong, they always do, and you learn from them, which makes you stronger and better at what you do.

“Remember, it’s not the end of the world. Yes, there have been sleepless nights, but that’s part of the journey, and I appreciate every second of it.

She tells us how she felt winning the award. “I’m absolutely honored to have won this award – there were some amazing finalists in my category, so it’s a real privilege to have won,” she beams.

“When it comes to the future of Caleño, we are now a team of almost 20 people and we are extremely ambitious with our plans and our goals… So watch this space!”

If you drink too much alcohol, your gut may be to blame! Tue, 09 Aug 2022 01:28:38 +0000

Research suggests that certain bacteria may be responsible for the increase in alcohol consumption. ―Photo Reuters

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MADRID, August 9 ― The intestine is sometimes called the second brain, because we now know that the two organs are so connected that their relationship can influence our emotions. However, it also seems that the intestinal microbiota could have a role to play in our alcohol consumption.

One small drink, then another, and maybe one more…you may be only too aware that your alcohol intake is high. And while we’re learning to drink in moderation and say no to another drink, in reality it might be more complicated for some people – especially if the composition of their gut microbiota echoes the findings of researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) in Spain. . Indeed, scientists have discovered that a certain profile of the intestinal microbiota can influence our behavior towards alcohol.

As part of their surveys, they interviewed 507 young volunteers who not only answered questions about their drinking habits, but also provided samples of feces. These samples were used to place them on the Bristol Stool Scale, a visual diagnostic tool that classifies human feces into seven families. Bacteriological samples were also taken. This organic evidence could then be compared to the same samples from volunteers who did not drink alcohol.

When male rats were transplanted with faecal samples from alcohol-dependent animals, their voluntary consumption of alcoholic substances was found to be increased. On the other hand, when the rats received a dose of antibiotics, which work by preventing the growth of bacteria, the scientists were able to reverse the trend and reduce alcohol consumption.

The bacteria responsible for forming the gut microbiota of heavy drinkers have yet to be precisely identified. However, Spanish scientists believe that these recent discoveries already make it possible to consider probiotics, prebiotics and also synbiotics as effective treatments for alcohol-induced intestinal disorders.

In 2018, American researchers had already found a link between alcohol and the microbiota of the mouth. Women who drank more than two drinks a day and men who drank more than three drinks a day were distinguished from non-drinkers by the proliferation of “bad” bacteria in the mouth, some of which could affect the health of the gums, among other things. . . ― Studio ETX

Is it safe to drink alcohol with antibiotics? Sun, 07 Aug 2022 13:33:36 +0000

In the case of most other antibiotics, it is safe to drink in moderation – but the best case scenario is to wait for full recovery, as diuretics can significantly slow the rate of recovery.

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New Delhi: When bacterial infections strike, you feel the need for an antibiotic or two – but what to do when it happens when you’re tipsy or in the mood for a cocktail two? But is it safe to drink alcohol with antibiotics or vice versa?

Is it safe to drink alcohol when on antibiotics?

According to England’s National Health Service, drinking alcohol in moderation is not likely to cause many problems when taking antibiotics – however, with a few exceptions. Although ideally alcohol should be avoided with mediation as alcohol can prevent them from functioning properly. According to the Mayo Clinic, alcohol can lower energy levels and delay how quickly you recover from illness.

Other reasons to avoid alcohol with antibiotics are the following side effects:
  1. Risk of dehydration because alcohol is a diuretic
  2. Drowsiness
  3. Dizziness

Some of the more serious reactions are:

  1. Headache
  2. Redness of the skin
  3. Nausea
  4. Shortness of breath
  5. Vomiting

What is the difference between a dose of antibiotics and the consumption of alcohol?

Some antibiotics specify how long to wait before having a drink. For example, after completing a prescribed course of metronidazole, alcohol should be avoided for 24 hours. Also, when taking tinidazole, alcohol should be avoided for 72 hours.

In the case of most other antibiotics, it is safe to drink them in moderation – but the best case scenario is to wait for full recovery, as diuretics can significantly slow the rate of recovery.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.

High-Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic Beers Dominate the Craft Beer Industry Thu, 04 Aug 2022 20:00:00 +0000


Facing the brightly lit doors of the beer cooler at his local bottle shop or bodega, Danny Tejada mentally performs the same calculation each time: he takes stock of the prices of different beers, the pack sizes and, most importantly, their alcohol content.

“If I have to drop $12 for a six pack, I want to make sure the alcohol content is 6% [alcohol by volume] or more. That way I can just drink one or two and be satisfied, and still have a few beers left for later,” says Tejada, a college counselor who lives in New York’s Brooklyn borough. “My brain says ‘6 percent or more.’ Below, I’m not interested.

It’s not just economic calculus that drives him, though inflation has put pressure on the budgets of many Americans. Instead, Tejada is among a growing number of drinkers who are increasingly gravitating towards the extremes of beer’s alcohol spectrum, choosing either very strong beers or beers with no alcohol at all.

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This is especially true in craft beer, where beers with an ABV percentage above 8 – mainly double and even triple Indian lagers, but also Belgian-style tripels and imperial stouts – gained 5% market share. compared to four years ago, according to retail sales data from the Beer Institute chain and the NielsenIQ National Beer Wholesalers Association. During the same period, non-alcoholic beers also gained 1% market share in these same grocery, drug and big box stores.

Growth in both the low-end and high-end beer segments has come at the expense of beer’s historical sweet spot: the only ABV range in all of beer to lose share over the past four years has was 4 to 6%.

“We’re seeing high-intensity beers getting more intense, and we’re seeing low-intensity beers getting less intense to the point that some of them don’t even contain alcohol,” says Dave Knospe, senior brand manager for Voodoo Ranger, a line of IPAs brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company, based in Fort Collins, Colorado. “That doesn’t leave much in the middle.”

Knospe has been at the forefront of this polarization of consumer tastes. For decades, New Belgium’s flagship beer was Fat Tire, an easy-drinking 5.2% amber ale located at the heart of the beer. But in the summer of 2019, something remarkable happened: a relatively new beer, the Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, caught fire. New Belgium has doubled down on its efforts by redesigning the beer’s packaging to more prominently display its 9% alcohol content. (That’s more than double the ABV of a standard light lager such as Coors Light or Miller Lite.) By the end of the following year, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA was the brewery’s No. 1 beer, raking in another $25 million in chain retail sales. than Fat Tire. According to Nielsen data, it’s now the top-selling IPA in America – a title it achieved starting in March 2021 when it topped Lagunitas IPA (6.2% ABV) and Founders All Day IPA. (4.7%) – and one of the most successful new craft beer brands of the past decade.

But for all the drinkers who choose high-intensity, high-flavored beers, many also run to the opposite pole. Non-alcoholic beer accounts for less than 1% of the overall US beer market, but in the case of craft beer specifically, its recent growth has raised eyebrows. Since 2019, non-alcoholic beer has increased its chain retail sales by 27%. Athletic Brewing Co. in Stratford, Conn., exclusively brews non-alcoholic beer, and last year it was the 27th-largest craft brewery in the country. This boom is being fueled by new, better-tasting non-alcoholic beer options from craft brands like Athletic and Brooklyn Brewery, as well as top brands like Heineken and Budweiser.

Danelle Kosmal, vice president of research for the Beer Institute, a DC-based trade group, says growth in alcohol-free craft beer appears to be at the expense of beers in the 1-4% ABV range.

“This potentially illustrates a shift in consumer trends, with craft beer drinkers moving away from low-alcohol craft beers like radlers, craft light lagers and session IPAs and towards non-alcoholic craft beers,” says Kosmal.

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Amid recent high and low ABV trends, perhaps no style has been left in the dust more than the venerable American pale ale. Launched by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., based in Chico, Calif., in 1980, lager has been a staple of craft breweries and beer bars for decades. With a balance of malt and hops and an ABV typically around 5.5%, lager was about as appealing as craft beer could get. Until that is no longer the case.

“Lagers are a dying style,” says Suzanne Schalow, chief operating officer of the Craft Beer Initiative, which owns the Trinktisch brewery and Craft Beer Cellar bottle store in Belmont, Mass.

Schalow estimates that at any one time, Craft Beer Cellar offers 250 different versions of IPA, the bigger, boozier sibling of the pale ale, including its best-selling beer of 2021: Lawson’s Finest 8% Sip of Sunshine IPA. Liquids in Waitsfield, Vt. In contrast, the store only carries half a dozen lagers.

“People don’t seem to like the words ‘pale ale.’ For them, it’s inferior to the term IPA,” says Schalow, adding that many of her customers are what she calls “price” buyers who will always choose a 13% triple IPA over a 6% if they are also expensive.

“Things get a bit lost in the middle,” Schalow says.

It is not clear to what extent this is an existential problem for the industry. Trends come and go in all consumer goods, especially in an area as grounded in innovation as craft beer. But if craft beer continues to drain its ABV midfield, it risks losing the beers the segment was built on: the ones with more flavor, but beers you can still take camping or biking or to a BBQ without risk of lethargy or drunkenness.

It sets up two possible futures. In one, drinkers continue to move towards the poles of ABV, widening the beer’s traditional strength range. (New drinks such as hard seltzer and hard kombucha, meanwhile, have been happy to step in to fill that void.) In another, the growth of alcohol-free beers and imperial IPAs is slowing, and eventually, Overall beer ABVs again stabilize near the middle. Historical data would support the latter scenario.

“The alcohol-free and high-end ABV trends, there are ebbs and flows,” says Kosmal. “If we look at the past two decades across the beer category, the average ABV doesn’t deviate much from 4.5 percent.”

After all, the status quo is powerful enough. The best-selling beer in America has been the same for 21 years: Bud Light, a clearly intermediate lager with 4.2%. Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA may rule the craft for now, but it’s unlikely to dethrone that king any time soon.

]]> The Top 10 most popular bars in Boerne based on alcohol sales Tue, 02 Aug 2022 20:32:32 +0000 So far this year, residents and visitors to Boerne have spent more than $3.71 million on alcohol, according to data provided by the state comptroller’s office.

We’ve compiled a list of the 10 most popular bars in the fast-growing town of Hill Country, just 30 miles northwest of San Antonio.

In Boerne, much like San Antonio, the biggest sellers are hotels, like the Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort and the Lodges at Cordillera Ranch Country Club. Combined with the Bevy Hotel and the Joshua Creek Ranch, these establishments sold a total of $1.5 million from January to June.

For this list, the Express-News only highlights the bars and restaurants in Boerne with the best sales in the first six months of the year. July sales figures have not been released.

Related: Mike Sutter’s 10 Best Boerne Restaurants: Gather, The Creek and More

Salvador DOBBS has racked up $336,681 in liquor sales so far this year. The popular nightlife spot, which offers live music and craft cocktails in a former toy store, opened in 2018. Salvador DOBBS is next door to Little Gretel Restaurant, a popular eatery serving Czech and German cuisine traditional.

Peggy’s on the Green in Boerne.

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Richter Tavern customers drank $299,666 worth of alcohol this year. The red-brick Richter building features a handful of artsy shops, a wine bar called Richter Cork & Keg, and a split-level bar and grill called Richter Tavern. The Prohibition-era, industrial-themed bar and restaurant serves craft cocktails, craft beer, and wine.

Sauced Wing Bar, a low-key eatery that offers a range of hearty burgers and wings, recorded liquor sales of $254,901, with the most popular liquor being selections from its beer menu.

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Employees of Peggy’s on the Green at The Kendall donated $231,830 in beer, wine and spirits. San Antonio chef Mark Bohanan of Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood opened Peggy’s to honor his mother’s influence on his career. The restaurant offers Southern cuisine for those cravings.

Richter Tavern is a new bar and grill in Boerne.

Richter Tavern is a new bar and grill in Boerne.

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The Creek restaurant, set up like the living room of a 1920s European aristocrat along Cibolo Creek, recorded $190,307 in liquor sales. The wine list has 11 printed pages and the cocktails and spirits list has six more.

O’Brien’s, which offers gourmet-style cuisine on an oak-covered patio, turned in $107,846 in liquor sales this year.

Drink Texas Sports Bar has recorded $102,582 in recorded sales so far this year. The Dog and Pony Grill and Chili’s sold $84,955 and $84,298 respectively in alcohol sales from January to June.

Britain has a drinking problem – and the booze industry can’t afford to get rid of it | James Wilt Sun, 31 Jul 2022 18:42:00 +0000

Oe have all heard the refrain: ‘Britain has a drinking problem’. It’s such a long problem is anterior the Covid-19 pandemic, but the evidence for this claim seems more evident than ever. Millions of people were drinking at harmful levels while stuck at home during the lockdown, and deaths from alcohol – mostly from liver disease – hit a 20-year high in 2020. closure of vital support services also contributed, with higher rates of relapses and fewer referrals doctors and hospitals, while a large number of long-term patients consume problematic amounts of alcohol, a small study suggested.

The causes of these patterns seem equally clear: the extreme stress, boredom, trauma and isolation of a protracted and dangerously mismanaged pandemic, in combination with the UK crisis deeply rooted drinking culture and the general human propensity for the relaxing properties of alcohol. These demand-side factors are key to understanding alcohol consumption here – or elsewhere. Beer, wine and spirits are not unilaterally imposed on the British public, but consumed with enthusiastic participation by drinkers.

But what we don’t talk about enough is the influence of supply-side contributors on our domestic consumption: namely, the incredibly powerful multinational corporations that produce and sell alcohol for huge profits. , including brewers (such as AB InBev and Heineken), distillers (such as Diageo and Pernod Ricard) and off-trade and on-trade retailers (such as Tesco and Stonegate, respectively). Alcohol has an extremely long and complex history, but its growing ubiquity is largely the product of its commodification and deregulation by Big Alcohol.

The industry and its army of professional associations and front groups are constantly jostling to increase consumption, market share and profits, manipulating and influencing prices and taxation, licensing and retail density, advertising and sponsorships, international trade agreements, obscuring scientific discoveries and delaying public health efforts. Rather than being subjected to intense tobacco-like restrictions, the alcohol industry has so far fought successfully to maintain “self-regulationand offloading the responsibility for alcohol-related harm onto “problematic” individual consumers, notably through the discourse of “responsible drinking”.

But alcohol-related harm is not limited to addicts (about 600,000 people in England alone). Even relatively low doses of alcohol consumed regularly increase the risk of health problems, including digestive and cardiovascular diseases, traumatic injuries, and cancers of the esophagus, liver, and breast; a recent study estimated that almost 750,000 new cancer cases in 2020 were attributable to alcohol consumption worldwide, of which around 100,000 were due to “moderate consumption”. Previously publicized claims that alcohol, particularly red wine, performs a ‘protective’ function for conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are also in doubt and now considered compensated by the monotony [closely correlated] links with cancer.

The alcohol-related harm crisis is primarily caused by the fact that the for-profit alcohol industry structurally incentivizes high-risk drinking. Industry revenue would fall by 38%, or £13billion a year, if all drinkers consumed alcohol below the recommended guidelines, according to a study. Companies clearly have a vested interest in preventing such reductions, but it is exactly this type of structural change – rather than voluntary and ineffective measures favored by industry – needed to seriously reduce alcohol harm.

Public health organizations, such as the World Health Organization, have long called for measures to reduce the power of the alcohol lobby by banning advertising, limiting retail density and hours, and increasing taxes and minimum unit price. Other policies along these lines include mandatory nutrition information and warning labels, prohibiting industry involvement in policy development and coordination of global restrictions to limit predatory capital flight. The pursuit of profit, the driving force behind the constant expansion of consumption, should also be curbed by an increase public property production and retail. But restrictions alone will not suffice.

We also desperately need to start a conversation around real alternatives to its use. For starters, there must be a massive expansion of free, public alcohol-specific health care for high-risk drinkers who do not require sobriety as a condition of use, including managed alcohol programstherapy, medical treatment and psychiatric care. This should also include the public development of desirable alternatives such as “synthetic alcohol”, the legalization and regulation of low-risk psychotropicsand the promotion of public spaces that are not exclusively oriented around alcohol consumption.

Ultimately, it’s about expanding opportunities for relaxation, socialization, and fun in a way that doesn’t end up killing, hurting, or hurting. This is undoubtedly a huge undertaking given Big Alcohol’s dominance of global politics, discourse and imagination. Radical and systemic political action is urgently required if we are to have any chance of solving Britain’s great alcohol problem – or we will continue to mourn it.

Musician-Owned Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Brands – Billboard Fri, 29 Jul 2022 21:19:24 +0000

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Music artists and liquor brands seem to go hand in hand. Moguls like Diddy and Jay-Z contributed to the trend of hip-hop artists getting spots in the liquor business, and now it’s becoming even more common for recording artists to own liquor companies.



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From Bruno Mars to Sammy Hagar, we’ve put together a list of artists who have their own liquor brands, some you may already know and some you may know now. Below, you’ll find a list of musician-backed spirits and lagers, plus a non-alcoholic option and a beverage collaboration. For more alcoholic content, read our roundup of musician-owned wines.

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SelvaRay promises to be the “sweetest rum you will ever taste”. The brand, owned by Bruno Mars and made in Panama, serves up a silky smooth rum perfect for a piña colada, mojito, daiquiri, mai tai and other delicious cocktails.

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SelvaRey door White Rum, chocolate rum, coconut rum, all of which sell for between $35 and $40. The brand also released a limited-edition “Owner’s Reserve” bottle ($135)composed of a blend of rums aged 15 to 25 years.

Nick Jonas: Tequila Villa One

Nick Jonas and John Varvatos founded Villa Onea premium tequila brand, in 2019. The duo worked alongside master distiller Arturo Fuentes, aka the “godfather of tequila,” for a collaboration that manifested in three tequilas: Silver, Reposado and Añejo.

Brands of alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages owned


Silver Tequila Villa One


Made from 100% blue weber agaves sourced from two regions of Jalisco, Mexico, Villa One tequila combines “grassy, ​​earthy lowland notes with the sweeter, fruitier notes of highland agave, resulting in a distinct and rounded profile”, according to the brand website. Villa One is available at BookBar and

Sammy Hagar: Santo Puro Mezquila

It’s safe to say that Sammy Hagar has found his footing in the world of spirits. Besides the Santo Tequila brand he owns with chef Guy Fieri, the former Van Halen rocker’s liquor portfolio includes Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum and a range of mixed cocktails.

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Santo Puro Mezquila


Hagar also owns Cabo Wabo Tequila and Santo Puro Mezquilla, a mix of mezcal and tequila, and he released a cocktail book earlier in the year. Sammy Hagar’s hit cocktails features 85 personal favorites from the Red Rocker himself.

Ciara: ten for a rum

Ciara extended her growing brand, which already includes a record label and clothing line, to the rum industry with Ten to One. The singer and actress has joined Trinidadian founder and CEO Marc Farrell as investor and co-owner of the brand last year.

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Ten to One carries white rum, dark rum and a limited edition Caribbean Dark Rum Ten to One x Uncle Nearest released in February in honor of Black History Month.

Luke Bryan: Two Way Lager

For beer drinkers, Luke Bryan’s Two Lane American Lager offers a “a modern version of an easy-to-drink beer.” The country star and Constellation Brands relaunched Two Lane Lager last year, after first launching in 2020.

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Two Lane American Golden Lager

From $9.99 (pack of 6)

Brewed in Virginia with USA-grown barley and water from the Blue Ridge Mountains, the smooth, refreshing flavor American Golden Lager has 99 calories per 12 oz. serve and has received high reviews for its refreshing and smooth taste. Two Lane also offers a line of enriched seltzer water.

Katy Perry: Self

“Pleasure, without proof.” Katy Perry and Morgan McLachlan have teamed up to create Selfa brand of non-alcoholic aperitifs packaged in colorful bottles and sleek cans.

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De Soi Champagne Dreams Alcohol-Free Aperitif


Offering a new way to make happy hour, the non-alcoholic sparkling beverages feature different flavor notes including blackberry nectar, vanilla oak, strawberries and grapefruit. The Champagne Dreams pictured above is a dreamy blend of reishi mushroom and passion flower. De Soi drinks are gluten-free, non-GMO, made from natural ingredients, and free of artificial colors and flavors.

Blake Shelton: Smithworks Hard Seltzer Lemonade

Blake Shelton has teamed up with Smithworks Vodka to launch its own line of hard seltzers that “taste like liquid sunshine,” Shelton said in a statement. “Infused with the flavors of crunchy and refreshing lemonade, it’s the perfect way to relax and cool off this summer,” the country crooner added.

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Smithworks Hard Seltzer Lemonade Assortment


At this time, hard seltzer is only available in certain states (Drizly and Total Wine) and in four different flavors: Classic Lemon, Crunchy Lime, Ripe Strawberry, and Southern Peach Tea.

Cardi B: lashes

Cardi B dove into the booze business with her debut Whiplash vodka whipped cream last year. “Whipshots is over the top, sexy and unique – kind of like me. It’s going to be a party in every box,” Cardi said at the time. “No matter where you are, you can party like Cardi, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share this one-of-a-kind product with all of you.”

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Whipshots (Vanilla)


Whipshots are available in vanilla, caramel and mocha and are infused with ultra-premium vodka.

Can you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics? Thu, 28 Jul 2022 05:25:31 +0000

We’ve all been told to avoid mixing alcohol and antibiotics, but heeding that is another story.

But why is this the case? Besides getting really drunk and forgetting to take your meds. Can drinking while taking antibiotics make you sicker than you already are? Does it change the effectiveness of the drugs we take for better or for worse? Is it really that important?

Distilling the science behind how alcohol and antibiotics interact in the body.

Let’s get into the spirit – what is alcohol?

Widely, alcohol is a class of organic compounds that have one or more hydroxyl groups attached to a hydrocarbon chain. These are strange chemical terms, but a hydrocarbon chain only contains carbon and hydrogen atoms – think of the carbon atoms like the metal links of a bracelet, the hydrogen atoms branching out like charms.

A hydroxyl group is a hydrogen atom bonded to an oxygen atom, itself bonded to a carbon atom in the hydrocarbon chain.

2D ethanol molecule. Credit: Jü via Wikimedia Commons

Alcohol is used in solvents, hand sanitizers and cosmetics, but the specific alcohol found in the beverages we consume is called ethanol – or ethyl alcohol – which means the hydrocarbon chain only contains two carbons. Ethanol is made when sugars, usually from grains, fruits and vegetables, are fermented by single-celled organisms called yeast.

Bottom up! alcohol in the body

When alcohol is ingested, a small amount is immediately broken down or metabolized in the stomach into acetaldehyde. But most of the remaining alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, through the stomach and upper small intestine, and makes its way to the liver for the first time.

Once it arrives, only a small amount of alcohol is metabolized, while the rest leaves the liver, enters the general circulation, and is distributed through body tissues. This is called “first pass metabolism”.

Then the remaining alcohol returns to your liver to be metabolized a second and final time by several enzymes, which are proteins that catalyze biochemical reactions, the most important of which are here alcohol dehydrogenase and Cytochrome P450.

These enzymes and others downstream break down the alcohol until the carbon dioxide and water leave your body.

Alcohol should not cause problems when taking many common antibiotics

Antibiotics are substances used to treat bacterial infections by killing bacteria or preventing them from growing. Inside the body, antibiotics are either eliminated in their active form by the kidneys or metabolized by the liver.

A 2020 exam of all available scientific evidence behind alcohol-antibiotic interactions was reviewed across 87 studies to determine the evidence behind the alcohol warnings issued for many common antibiotics. But they found that drinking alcohol shouldn’t cause problems when taking a number of different common antibiotics.

The available data confirm that some specific antibiotics, and more broadly a few selected classes of antibiotics, show no adverse interactions when taken with alcohol.

For example: oral penicillins, the antibiotics cefdinir and cefpodoxime (from the class of antibiotics called cephalosporins), the class of broad-spectrum antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, and the antibiotics azithromycin and tetracycline.

But alcohol can still interact with some antibiotics

Alcohol can interact with medications two different ways. Pharmacokinetic interactions occur when alcohol interferes with the metabolism of a drug or the drug interferes with the metabolism of alcohol.

This usually happens in the liver where alcohol and some antibiotics are metabolized, sometimes even by the same enzymes.

An example of this is the first-line anti-TB antibiotic isoniazid. Isoniazid alone can cause acute liver injury and alcohol can exacerbate this.

In people who consume alcohol occasionally, a component of cytochrome P450 metabolizes only a small fraction of the alcohol ingested, but its activity can be increased tenfold in chronic heavy drinkers who consume 3 to 4 standard drinks per day.

When sober, this increased activity can increase the rate of antibiotic degradation, and when intoxicated alcohol competes with the antibiotic to metabolize and antibiotic degradation is slowed.

The second type of interactions is pharmacodynamic, where alcohol enhances the effects of a drug or vice versa.

Erythromycin, an antibiotic, is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. But it also increases gastric contractions and speeds up stomach emptying, which means it can reduce the first-pass metabolism of alcohol and lead to faster absorption of alcohol in the small intestine.

In fact, the peaks in alcohol concentration were found be higher after taking erythromycin, increasing by 40% on average. Unfortunately, alcohol also decreases the effectiveness of erythromycin.

Don’t Forget Disulfiram-Like Reactions

There are also antibiotics that can unexpectedly trigger a disulfiram-like reaction when mixed with alcohol.

Disulfiram is a treatment for heavy drinking. It inhibits an enzyme important for alcohol metabolism, which causes a toxic by-product of alcohol metabolism to rapidly build up in the blood. This causes unpleasant effects including facial flushing, nausea, headache, vomiting, chest pain, dizziness, sweating, thirst, blurred vision and low blood pressure.

Unfortunately, the reaction occurs with uncertain frequency and varying severity across many antibiotics – so it’s not as simple as avoiding one or more major classes of antibiotics.

Ultimately, as with all medications, it’s important to talk openly with your own healthcare provider about the potential effects of mixing alcohol and antibiotics on you.