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Carlsberg Workers Strike Over LUNCH-ONLY Beer Breaks

Posted by Bob Skilnik on April 12, 2010

“Wow…Danish brewery employees say “NO!” to rolling out the barrels over new beer break policy.

For anyone who’s been to Europe, it’s interesting to note how liberal the paradoxical role that beer, or alcohol consumption in general, has carved out in the customs and attitude of of Western Europeans while also enforcing stringent regulations on driving and blood/alcohol levels.

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Colleges Criticize Quantity of Beer Ads During NCAA Broadcasts

Posted by Bob Skilnik on April 10, 2008

WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) — More than 100 college presidents and athletic directors are urging NCAA President Myles Brand to re-examine the presence of alcohol ads on broadcasts of games, suggesting that college sports and beer advertising are a “bad mix.”

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has said some of CBS’s game telecasts may have exceeded the amount of beer advertising allowed.
In a letter sent yesterday, the presidents cited the amount of beer advertising during CBS’s broadcast of the “March Madness” college basketball tournament.

“Beer advertising during the games continues to undermine the many positive attributes of college spots and taints the NCAA’s status as an inspirational youth brand,” the letter reads.
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Sounds to me like someone’s not getting enough payola.

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Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Out of Control

Posted by Bob Skilnik on February 2, 2008

nanny-state-book-cover.jpgIf this scenario dosen’t stink of entrapment, nothing does. From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Three undercover officers stepped into an American Fork restaurant one Friday evening, pushed aside the menus and ordered themselves a round of beer. 

Their waiter, Fidelis Osuchukwu, said he couldn’t serve drinks without a meal. But when the officers kept pressing him, Osuchukwu offered “to bring us some chips and salsa for free,” said the officers’ report. “We said OK.” 

The agents left a tip an hour and a half later, then cited Chili’s for serving alcohol without food, in violation of Utah’s liquor laws. 

“They kept saying they wouldn’t order anything but beer,” said Osuchukwu. “It didn’t seem like they were going to give in, so I brought the chips – and then I got fired.”

After reading this article and the one below about the legislative geniuses in Mississippi, you have to shake your head. If you really want to get pissed off, click on the Nanny State cover and take a look.

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National Prohibition; Its REAL Anniversary

Posted by Bob Skilnik on December 4, 2007

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Unloading beer behind the Hilton, April 7, 1933

December 5, 1933 notes a “first” in constitutional history. It was on this day, 75 years ago, that American voters, through state referendums, added the 21st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. It was the first time in our history that a constitutional amendment was passed, not simply by the will of legislators, but instead through popular mandate, i.e., the power of the U.S. citizenry. For some of us, December 5, 1933 will always be remembered as the end of National Prohibition. Unfortunately, there are too many writers and trade organizations who should know this, but have chosen, instead, to revise U.S. history for their own purposes, and if I might, usually for self-promoting ones.

You might recall my rants back in April when organizations like the Brewers Association, the A & E network and Anheuser-Busch, with its pimping of “The American Brew” an hour-long movie commissioned by the St. Louis brewery, and beer geek sites like Beeradvocate proclaimed April 7 as the day that Prohibition was “repealed today in 1933.” The Jacksonville Business Journal went so far as to proclaim that “The 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect April 7, 1933…” , an amazing feat since the states hadn’t even gotten around to setting up constitutional referendums and state conventions to vote for delegates who would set the constitutional change into effect. They weren’t alone in repeating this historical inaccuracy, but the list of offenders would probably be longer than this entire blog entry.

So once again, let me beat this dead horse one more time. The passages below are from my book, Beer: A History of Brewing in Chicago, (I have NEW copies, signed, available at Amazon under the NEW/USED link) and gives the story of events leading up to December 5, 1933 from a Windy City perspective. But throughout the story, the thread leading up to the end of Prohibition can be found.

On another note, keep in mind that April 7, 1933 brought back beer, and only beer with an alcoholic strength of 3.2 % alcohol by weight. Although somewhat an arbitrary alcohol level, it was the result of a modification of the Volstead Act that was passed by Congress on October 27, 1919 in order to put an end to the brewing industry’s question, as it pertained to the 18th Amendment, of what constituted an “intoxicating beverage.” Typical of laws that Congress passes—even today—it usually falls into the robed lap of courts to sort out a vague bill or amendment that is the result of compromise or simply a rush to get something passed. In the case of the 18th, the brewers claimed that the mandated cessation of the manufacturing of “intoxicating beverages,” as proclaimed in the amendment was too vague, and until a legal definition of what constituted an “intoxicating beverage” could be determined, the 18th Amendment would be open to challenge. Before this predicament dropped into the lap of courts, Congress went back and defined the alcoholic strength of any beverage with a content of 1/2 of 1% of alcohol to be considered “intoxicating.” This was done through the passage of the Volstead Act in the fall of 1919.

What brought 3.2% beer back on April 7 was merely a rewriting of the Volstead Act. There was no consitutional amendment, no nullification of the 18th nor passage of the the yet-to-be-voted-on 21st Amendment. A month earlier, on March 13, President Roosevelt used the bully pulpit of his office to formally recommend to Congress a looser interpretation of the Volstead Act, which limited alcohol in beer to one-half of one percent. “I recommend to the Congress the passage of legislation for the immediate modification of the Volstead Act, in order to legalize the manufacture and sale of beer…”

On March 21, 1933, the United States House of Representatives completed action on the Cullen-Harrison bill, permitting the resumption of the manufacture and sale of 3.2% beer and light wines in those states that were now legally considered wet. The next morning, President Roosevelt was scheduled to sign the bill, but a bureaucratic mix-up postponed his signing until March 23. If the bill had been signed by FDR on March 21, as originally scheduled, 3.2% beer would have actually returned on April 5, since the bill stipulated a 15-waiting period before it could go into effect. 

With 3.2% beer’s return on April 7, 1933, that still left wine, liqueurs or liquor to deal with. It actually meant that stonger beers would also have to wait for their return. Nobody was toasting April 7 with a barleywine in hand. There’s also an interesting sidenote here, suggested by the dates of the Cullen-Harrison bill and FDR’s delay in signing the bill until March 23.

At this time in U.S. beer history, the brewing industry was still under the influence of German and German-American brewers. Lager was the most popular beer, not a surprise with wide-girthed Braumeisters still turning out the golden brew. One demonstrated point of their pride of product during the pre-Prohibition era was the brewers’ insistence of a lagering period of at least one month. Now with events as chaotic as they were prior to April 7, and with FDR’s delayed signing of the C-H bill on March 23, they would have had to be clairvoyant to have good-quality and properly aged beer conveniently ready for April 7.

So how did they do it? They used weaker, and I would go as far as to claim, inferior beer. In Chicago alone, there were 5 legally-licensed breweries that were pumping out real beer and then extracting the alcohol from the beer and selling it as “cereal beverage,” in other words, near beer. I made an earlier reference back in April that the beer was “weak-assed” and some beer blogger made the remark with some disdain that there was nothing wrong with weak beer, or as geeks like to put it “session beer.” I agree; there is nothing wrong with lighter-alcohol session beers. If your group is babbling at the bar after something like 3 barleywines or Imperial Stouts, it might be an early end to your little bier klatsch…and that’s no fun. But think about what you would do if you were a brewer back then. How would you handle the grain and hops bill if you knew that in the final process, you would be required to boil the hell out of the beer and collect the vapors of alcohol for shipment to a government-bonded warehouse where alcohol was stored? Would you start with a nice heaving load of fine Moravian malts, maybe throw some crystal malt in for color and a little more body, and then dip into your supply of “noble” hops for character; maybe some for bittering and then topping off the batch with a touch for some added nose?

Of course not! You’d probably use some indifferent malt—and certainly not a lot—and most likely the minimum amount of hops (and who knows how old those hops were?) Why strive for a quality brew when you knew that the beers would be stripped of alcohol and then, either at the local speakeasy or on the delivery truck, the beer would be injected with alcohol through the bung-hole of the wooden barrel, giving rise to the Roaring Twenties speakeasy standby, “needle beer?”

To give you another example of the quality of the beer that was consumed on April 7 and somewhat beyond, city and federal agents were hitting the streets and testing beers in Chicago on April 7, 1933 to make sure the brewers were conforming to the 3.2% alcohol by weight limit, about 4% alcohol by volume (abv). Not one beer sample was in violation. On the contrary, the agents remarked that the beers were well below the legal limit. Why? Because the beer that rolled into the streets of the U.S.A. on April 7 was the indifferent beer that had been brewed for alcohol extraction, brewed to be near beer. It was brewed with the least amount of grains and hops and probably hard to argue that it had been aged for at least a month. What would be the purpose?

After the euphoria and initial beer supplies ran out throughout U.S. breweries, the suds factories started turning out “green” beer, beers that demonstrated little lagering, if any at all. It became so bad that Blatz (and others) began running full-page newspaper ads, thanking FDR for bringing “Democratic” beer back to the masses while pledging to the President and all beer drinkers in the country that they would release no beer, despite the demand, until it had gone through a proper period of maturation. That wasn’t “session beer,” my blogging critic, that was shit beer that they were drinking in the aftermath of April 7, 1933.

But boy, did I digress. Ah yes, December 5, 1933…

As required by Congress, Illinois was busying itself in late April of 1933 in preparation for a state election and convention to act on the 21st Amendment, hopefully to repeal the disastrous 18th Amendment. After Congress had refused the state’s request for a special cash grant to fund state elections for Repeal, Illinois decided to incorporate a June judicial election with the Repeal election, combining the expenses of two separate elections. Downstate democrats, however, worried that incorporating the judicial election and the vote for Repeal might bring about a backlash from local dry advocates and hurt the chances of some of their Democratic judges running for reelection. As a result of this political concern, the Illinois State Senate, led by these wary Democratic forces, unbelievably voted to postpone the election for Repeal until April of 1934. 

Republicans had a field day with the Senate vote, expressing disbelief that the same party that had been swept into the Oval Office on a platform of repeal, the party of “democratic beer,” was now voting to delay the state ratification of Repeal. “Evidently,” sneered State Senator Martin R. Carlson of Moline, “you Democrats don’t care to repeal the 18th Amendment.”

Colonel Ira L. Reeves of Chicago, Commander of the anti-Prohibition organization called the Crusaders, and a pro-Repeal lobbyist, thought he saw a darker explanation for the actions of the Democrats. “Naturally they (the brewers) want to prolong their present monopoly as long as possible, and apparently they are lining up the downstate dry legislators to accomplish that purpose.” Reeves went on to suggest that brewers had made a pact with Prohibitionists. Reeves singled out the boisterous State Senator Frank McDermott with his brewery in Bridgeport, owned by McDermott since 1923. How could McDermott go back to his Stockyards constituency and tell them he voted to defer Repeal until next year, Reeves wanted to know?

The logic of Reeve’s argument seemed solid. Other Repeal advocates affirmed his contention. Since years before Prohibition, brewers and distillers had maintained an adversarial relationship. Their divisiveness was one blatant reason that later prohibitionist efforts had so been so successful. Commenting on the charge that brewers wanted to continue a monopoly on the drink trade, Captain W. W. Bayley, Chicago Chief of the Association Against the 18th Amendment said, “…it would not be surprising to have proof show up that such is the situation now.”

It was too much for editors of the trade magazine, The Brewer And Malster And Beverageur, who demanded an apology from Reeves. “It is unthinkable that they (the brewers) would ally themselves with the bootleggers and gangsters and the fanatics of the Anti-Saloon League.”

Days later, with pressure from all sides and a chance to rethink their positions, the Democrats capitulated. The Illinois Senate voted to restore June 5, 1933, as the day for the election of delegates to the State Repeal Convention. Additional pressures from Governor Henry Horner and various lobbyists groups, including the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform, had persuaded the Senate to wisely reverse their ill-advised prior decision. Without protest, the Illinois House of Representatives concurred with the Senate’s actions.

On the morning of June 5, expectations were high for the repeal of the 18th Amendment. With chances for thunderstorms forecast throughout Monday, a voter turnout for a Chicago judicial election would normally have been predicted to be low. Historically, this pattern of a small voter turnout was in Chicago, and still is, typical for such an election. But, this was no simple judicial election. With reports coming in from ward headquarters throughout the city, the Cook County Democratic Organization was predicting an unprecedented turnout of 710,000 votes. Nonetheless, ward heelers continued to heavily canvass the city during the day. As a further enticement to get constituents out to vote, local Democratic leaders pragmatically stressed the household economics of Repeal. As part of their door-to-door strategy, it was pointed out by Democratic party officials and ward heelers alike that unless the 18th Amendment was repealed, $6 to $10 out of every $100 earned in a weekly paycheck would revert back to the Federal Government in new taxes. Repeal meant beer, booze, and no new taxes—one hell of a “read my lips” argument that any tax-paying voter could understand.

Democratic Party leader Patrick A. Nash wasted no words in his final communiqué to Chicago voters before the polls opened. “Support President Roosevelt. Repeal the 18th Amendment. Elect judicial leaders. Vote the Repeal ticket straight. Vote the Democratic judicial ticket straight.”

Republican County Chairman William H. Weber was not quite as direct or forceful in his party’s approval of Repeal. “Vote the Republican judicial ticket straight and destroy the receivership ring,” taking a final shot at the Democrats. Although the parties shared an equal amount of delegates for the Repeal of the 18th Amendment, Weber’s statement conservatively avoided the paramount issue of Repeal. The national Republican’s Party endorsement and enforcement of Prohibition and the local organization’s lukewarm embrace of Repeal were noted by beer-drinking Chicagoans. From post-Prohibition on, the Democratic Party, the party of democratic beer and Repeal, has held sway in Chicago.

Illinois’ Repeal Election
On April 28, 1933, at 1:43 A.M., Governor Horner signed the House bill ordering the Illinois Prohibition Repeal Convention to assemble on July 10. With the required nominating petitions finally signed, Chicago precinct workers started to flood their wards with sample ballots. Mayor Kelly asked the people of Chicago to support the vote for Repeal. “I urge that all citizens of our great city support the President and his administration in his efforts to bring back prosperity and eliminate the evils which Prohibition has cast into our midst. This can best be done by voting for the Repeal candidates.” Perhaps as a further inducement to the electorate to get out and vote, Kelly overruled an earlier opinion by Leon Hornstein, first assistant to Chicago Corporation Counsel William H. Sexton, that the sale of beer on election day would be illegal. Hornstein claimed that the state legislature had forgotten to repeal the pre-Prohibition election law requiring saloons to be closed during elections. Kelly disagreed, Sexton demurred and the saloons of Chicago were allowed to stay open on Election Day.

The tally of votes was no surprise. Not only was the vote for Repeal in Chicago overwhelming, it was a vote of approximately 11 to 1 in favor of it. In Committeeman Moe Rosenberg’s 24th Ward on the West Side of the city, reports showed that Repealists had voted yes at an astounding ratio of 76 to 1. Not surprisingly, a Republican precinct captain complained that in one precinct of Rosenberg’s ward, 200 votes had been stuffed into a ballot box when that many voters had not even registered in the precinct. Rosenberg, recently indicted by a federal grand jury for income tax invasion, scoffed at the report. In Bridgeport, voters followed the dictates of native son County Treasurer Joe McDonough and voted 40 to 1 for Repeal.

The next day, the editorial page of the Chicago Tribune declared National Prohibition officially dead in Illinois and expressed hope that the remaining dry states would soon follow Illinois’ lead. “A law which made the drinking of a glass of beer a crime was unenforceable..,” said the paper. As evidence of the state citizenry’s overwhelming rebuff of Prohibition, a total of 883,000 voters turned out to for approval of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, more than 560,000 votes for Repeal coming from Chicago. All that was left was the state convention.

The Repeal Convention
On July 10, Governor Horner opened the convention and officially signaled the beginning of the end of National Prohibition in Illinois. “The eighteenth amendment is doomed. Let us pray that with it will go the political cowardice that made it possible.” At noon, Democratic state leader Patrick A. Nash presented the resolution to ratify Repeal of the 18th Amendment at the state repeal convention. In just fifty-four minutes, the fifty bipartisan delegates went through the necessary procedural motions and unanimously voted to ratify the 21st Amendment, nullifying the 18th.

The Prairie Schooner, Illinois, now became the tenth state to moor at the wet dock of Repeal.

At 4:31 P.M., December 5, 1933, Repeal took effect in Chicago with the ratification by Utah of the Twenty-First Amendment. The “Noble Experiment” had lasted 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours, and 32 1/2 minutes. President Roosevelt officially proclaimed an end to National Prohibition and urged all Americans to confine their purchases of alcoholic beverages to licensed dealers. The President also issued a special plea to state officials not to allow the return of the saloon. A check of the City Collector’s Office, however, indicated that close to 7,000 liquor dealers were now ready to serve the 3,500,000 residents of Chicago, averaging one saloon for every 500 Chicagoans. It was about the same number of saloons that had operated in Chicago before the onset of National Prohibition.
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So as you can see, even using the Illinois/Chicago above as a historical example of a national event, please, please, please, quit bending the truth when it comes to U.S. history, even if beer is involved.

Read more about Chicago’s fascinating beer and brewing history.

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Chicago’s Mayor Daley Wants Tax Increase On Booze, Beer

Posted by Bob Skilnik on October 30, 2007

mrdaleyscreaming.jpgFirst this moron wants to tax bottled water. Next he wants to raise property taxes. He’s been responsible for scores of mid and small-sized companies leaving Chicago because of the “tax-of-the-year-club” legislation he rams through with the help of his lackeys on the city council. He and his city council have banned foie gras in restaurants and cigarettes in bars. In order to cut down on the cock fights held in his beloved “sanctuary city,” he’s banned chickens as pets. He’s gentrified the city to the point that by the time that the Olympic Games possibly take place in Chicago in 2016, the city will be like Mid-Town Manhattan—a place to work, but unaffordable for most people to live in.

Cook County Board President Todd “Urkel” Stroger also wants to raise property taxes and country sales taxes and taxes on taxes on taxes. He’s actually a bigger idiot than Daley, but Daley is screwing around with beer and booze; Daley has crossed the line. Mayor Daley’s tax proposal, which was (quietly) “announced” October 10, calls for an 87.5 percent hike on all liquor sold in the city. The increase would raise the cost of beer 30 cents per gallon, or approximately eight cents per six-pack. Overall, the increase would cost Chicagoans $13.1 million. 

If you live in Chicago (my condolences), you can contact your puppet alderman or alderwoman here  through this link provided by the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois, and tell the alderidiots that they and the good mayor can pound spent mash with this stupid, stupid idea.

The funny thing is, however, while Chicagoans pay the highest gas prices in the country, watch their property taxes spiral ever upward, have their kids killed on school board property, grumble and do nothing about him seizing Meigs Field by digging holes in the runway in the middle of the night so planes couldn’t land, quickly forget the millions of dollars of cost overruns in building his legacy to his wife, Millenium Park, as they walk through it and “Oh-and-Ah,” about it with a straight face, tell every Chicago tax payer that if the Olympics come to Chicago, they won’t get stuck with the bill, and now this, an increase on the tax on beer—the part that amazes me the most is that too many morons, beer and booze-drinking morons, will vote him and all his hand puppets right back into office.

I moved out of the city and the county 12 years ago. Best thing I ever did.

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Beer ad banned by ASA (UK)

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 20, 2007

And I thought that the TTB in the U.S. is a problem. This U.K. situation is ridiculous.

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned Miller Brands from showing a new TV ad for Miller Genuine Draft because it thought it would appeal to under-18s.

The ad, which features a man performing a series of stunts on roller skates, was ordered to be taken off the air by the ASA yesterday because it said it associated alcohol with daring behaviour and would “appeal strongly to under-18s.”

This is the 2nd posting this week that falls under “Neo-Prohibition.” Amazing.

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$80,000 to go untapped? End to beer sales at Coors Events Center means lost revenue

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 19, 2007

A decision by University of Colorado officials to permanently stop the sale of beer at basketball games is expected to cost the athletic department as much as $80,000 a year in lost revenue, although a plan already is under way to recover the money….

Monday’s decision means Fat Tire, Coors Light, Coors Original and locally brewed Buff Gold — which cost $5 to $6 per plastic cupful — are all off the menu. CU also banned beer sales at Folsom Field for football games 11 years ago, except for those sitting in luxury suites or club seats.

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Caffeinated alcohol-craze stimulates industry attacks

Posted by Bob Skilnik on August 27, 2007

sparksenergydrinks.jpgCriticisms of alcoholic energy drinks in the US, could also have effect Europe’s ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage market, a health expert has warned.

The threat of increased political pressure on beverage makers could lead to further regulatory sanctions for the alcohol industry, which has already had to adopt more stringent social responsibility initiatives.

Anders Ulstein, board member of European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), told BeverageDaily.com that while criticism of RTD alcohol products is nothing new, the latest attacks could be yet another millstone around the industry’s neck.

Though accepting that US policy developments rarely has an influence on European legislation, Ulstein said the potential effects on policies of global bodies could be far more significant.

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Officials OK tax hike for sugary alcohol drinks

Posted by Bob Skilnik on August 15, 2007

MORON ALERT!

The decision, which affects ‘alcopops’ such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade, is a victory for a group opposed to underage drinking.

SACRAMENTO — A group of California teenagers working to curb underage drinking scored a victory Tuesday when state officials voted to impose a steep new tax on sweet alcohol drinks, such as Smirnoff Ice, Seagram’s Coolers, Bacardi Silver and Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

The state Board of Equalization decided to treat flavored malt beverages as distilled spirits rather than as beer, a move that will boost the tax on a six-pack of the drinks by nearly $2.

MORON ALERT!

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Drink Beer To Increase Muscle Tone?

Posted by Bob Skilnik on August 4, 2007


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Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER?

— Bob Skilnik —

aka, The Low-Carb Bartender

Pick up a candy bar, a bag of potato chips, or even your kid’s favorite sugar-coated breakfast cereal and you can refer to a Nutrition Facts label that gives you the kind of nutritional information that you, the consumer, deserves to know.
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But pick up a bottle of your favorite beer, and unless it’s a low-calorie or low-carbohydrate brew with a federally-required Nutrition Facts label emblazoned on it, you have no idea what, if any, nutritional components are in your favorite stout, porter, bock, wheat beer or even a simple American-style pilsner beer.

But no longer. Whether you’re counting calories, carbs or even Weight Watchers® Points®, here’s the nutritional information for over 1,500 worldwide beers that you can enjoy in moderation!

Moderation, not deprivation


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What About The Children? Nanny State California Demonizes Alcopops

Posted by Bob Skilnik on June 12, 2007

Lord I hate do-gooders. The whole concept of National Prohibition began with one group’s insistence on telling others what they could and could not do…enjoy an alcoholic drink. California politicians, who never cease to amaze me in their need to regulate the lives of their voters, now want to require that malt-based beverages feature warnings and alcohol content on their labels, according to Beverage Daily.

With a casual glance, this might seem like a good idea. I’m the first to advocate more information on the labels of alcoholic beverages, including the alcohol content. But it’s the nonsensical arguments that politicians like to use to justify their nanny-stating regulations that bother me.

Jointly authored by Assembly Members Lori Saldaña and Jim Beall, the proposed bill aims to prevent the “deceptive” promotion of alcoholic beverages to younger consumers. According to Saldaña “many of these products are indistinguishable in color and packaging from sports or energy drinks.” Saldaña also cites a 2005 American Medical Association survey, which reports that a third of girls over 12 have tried alcopops, and 25 percent drove a car after drinking, or rode with a driver who had been. Notice please, that there are 2 claims being made here, but at no time do we see that the 25 percent who drove a car “tried alcopops,” and that’s where this argument can be seen for what it is—a first step in state prohibition in California.

Here’ some of my “favorite” claims in the A.M.A 2005 poll; ”

Nearly one in six teen girls who have drunk alcopops in the past six months have been sexually active after drinking.

I call B.S. I don’t need a poll to tell me that the chances are good that “…one in six girls…have been sexually active,” period, even if they just left the malt shop (well, there are no such things anymore like malt shops, but you get they idea).

Nearly half of all girls aged 16-18 report seeing alcopops ads on TV, compared to only 34 percent of women 21 or older.
Women 21 or older are usually too busy in the workplace or raising a family to sit in front of the TV all day and watch commercials.

Don’t they check I.D.s in California liquor stores? Don’t they stack and cool these products along with beer, wine, and liquor in, I don’t know, THE LIQUOR DEPARTMENT and not with soda? At least that’s what we do here in Illinois. Are people that stupid in California? (That’s rhetorical).

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