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May 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Attorneys general in California and 26 other states urged Anheuser-Busch Cos. to issue warnings about mixing alcohol with caffeinated energy drinks, such as its new Spykes flavored malt beverage drink. In a letter to the company Thursday, state officials accused the beer company of marketing Spykes and other products to underage drinkers and failing to deter minors from using them.
January 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Men with high blood pressure are usually told to avoid alcohol, but U.S. and Dutch researchers reported this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine that a drink or two every day may reduce their chances of a heart attack. They analyzed data from 11,711 health professionals taking part in a survey between 1986 and 2002. Men who had one or two drinks a day had lower rates of heart attacks.
March 29, 2006 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
After seeking assurance that police enforcement would not be overzealous, Ventura County supervisors moved a step closer Tuesday to imposing $1,000 fines on those caught throwing underage drinking parties. Under a proposed ordinance, civil penalties could be imposed on any adult who holds an unruly gathering at which underage drinkers are served and police are called. A minor who throws such a bash without parental consent also could be fined.
January 29, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Merced County's district attorney said he may have served alcohol to a 20-year-old man who was hit and killed by a car as he walked home from a party. Gordon Spencer said he didn't ask for IDs when he was a volunteer bartender at a Dec. 18 event for employees and guests at the Merced Golf and Country Club. Victim Greg Gomez had a blood alcohol level of 0.245. Spencer said he had expected the country club's manager to let him know if anyone who asked for a drink was younger than 21.
December 31, 2005 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
Grabbing a quick cup of chai tea at a bakery during her lunch hour, Kelly Williams, who at 17 is years away from the legal drinking age, talks about wine: "My brothers and I have a good sense of responsibility when it comes to drinking," says the St. Helena High School senior, who comes from a family of well-known local winemakers. "We've grown up with the sense that it's a part of life. It isn't a forbidden fruit. That's just the way my parents have raised me."
December 26, 2005 | Sally Squires, Special to The Times
Want to keep your calories under control this season? Then drink a little less holiday cheer. Researchers have long debated the contribution of alcoholic drinks to unwanted weight gain. But growing evidence points to alcohol's role as a contributor to extra pounds, particularly those that are added at the waistline. One reason is that alcohol packs seven calories per gram.
December 12, 2005 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
For moderate social drinkers, hopping on the wagon for a month shouldn't have been that daunting of a task. Not just any moderate social drinkers, but a handful of men and women who are exceptionally fit, as in training-for-a-marathon fit. These are people used to discipline and healthy lifestyles, people who can get through a rigorous boot camp class without hurling. Yet some found that wagon trip much more uncomfortable than they thought, and didn't even last a month.
December 12, 2005 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Beverly Wells is a 74-year-old faithful Miller beer drinker, and until recently, the closest she had come to brewing was making homemade coffee liqueur. But on a recent afternoon, at a small brewery inside a Huntington Beach industrial park at Heil Avenue and Gothard Street, Wells was carefully weighing grains and stirring malts and honey into a copper brewing kettle.
December 10, 2005 | Amberin Zaman, Special to The Times
Efforts by this nation's Islam-rooted government to broaden restrictions on the sale of alcohol have sparked accusations among secular lawmakers that it is seeking to strengthen the role of religion in daily life. The debate began this year when municipalities run by the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, set in motion plans to move businesses that serve alcohol to "red" zones outside city centers.
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