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Powdered Alcohol Raising Concerns About Underage Drinking and Drunk Driving

Powdered alcohol may be widely available for sale soon, and that is raising concerns about what this new form of alcohol could mean for underage drinking, drunk driving, and public safety. Feds approve Palcohol The buzz about powdered alcohol—branded as Palcohol®—started last year when the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) initially approved […]

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Raising Taxes on Alcohol May Reduce Binge Drinking

A study recently published in Addiction indicates that raising taxes on beer, wine, and liquor may decrease rates of binge drinking among adults. Binge drinking is considered five or more drinks for a man or four or more for a woman on any one occasion. By comparing alcohol tax data for all 50 states with data from […]

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One City Wants to Serve More Alcohol on St. Patty’s Day Weekend

As the saying goes, on St. Patrick’s Day we are all a little Irish. From Tokyo to Chicago to Buenos Aires, St. Patrick’s Day has become an international holiday. While corned beef and green rivers are popular parts of the tradition, for many the holiday is about one thing: drinking. St. Patrick’s Day and the […]

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Poll: Should Minnesota Lower the Legal Drinking Age?

In 1984 President Reagan signed the Uniform Drinking Age Act, requiring all states to raise the legal drinking age to 21 or face reductions in their federal highway funding. Since 1995, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have complied. Turning Back the Clock But now, Minnesota lawmakers are considering legislation that would roll […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Revisit Warrantless Blood Draws for DUIs

The Supreme Court has turned down a request from prosecutors in Colorado to reconsider the use of warrantless blood draws as evidence in drunk driving cases. The prosecutors’ request stemmed from the case of Jack Schaufele. While Schaufele lay unconscious in a Colorado hospital following a car crash, a police officer had the medical staff take […]

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Dr. Mark Rosekind Confirmed as Head of NHTSA

On December 16, 2014 the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Dr. Mark Rosekind to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The position of NHTSA administrator has been vacant for nearly a year. Dr. Rosekind became a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2010 and is a renowned expert on human fatigue. During his tenure […]

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British Prime Minister Promises More Sobriety Bracelets

In a speech at last weekend’s G20 summit in Australia, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that if his party is returned to power in the 2015 election, he will expand the use of “sobriety bracelets” to help curb alcohol-related crime. Sources estimate that if the plan moves forward, up to 5,000 individuals a year in […]

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Government Accountability Office Reviews Ignition Interlock Installation Rates

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently released a review of ignition interlocks: Alcohol Ignition Interlocks Are Effective While Installed; Less Is Known About How to Increase Installation Rates. Summary The report concluded that, when installed, alcohol ignition interlocks effectively reduce the rate of re-arrest for DWI. Once the devices are removed, DWI arrest rates […]

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CDC Reports 1 in 10 Adult Deaths Tied to Excessive Drinking

Intoxicated driving may be the most high-profile cause of alcohol-related deaths, but a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the consequences of excessive drinking go far beyond the roads. According to the article published in Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC researchers found that excessive drinking is responsible for nearly 88,000 […]

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Report: New NFL drug policy would suspend first-time DUI offenders but reduce fines

According to recent news reports, as the NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) continue to discuss changes to the league’s substance abuse policy, one significant change would apply to players who become first-time DUI offenders. The policy change is under consideration after a year of a number of high-profile DUIs, for NFL players and […]

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