BusinessWire: Distilled Spirits Council Launches DestinationDistillery.com Providing Interactive Map of U.S. Distilleries, Their Stories & the History of Spirits (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Distilled Spirits Council Launches DestinationDistillery.com Providing Interactive Map of U.S. Distilleries, Their Stories & the History of Spirits (PRESS RELEASE). “The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today launched Destination Distillery™ (www.destinationdistillery.com), a new website providing a tourism-driven experience and educational journey into the cultural heritage and history of spirits in America. Visitors to the website will be able to explore many of America’s most famous distilleries as well as up-and-coming ones, state-by-state trails, economic impact of the spirits industry by state, and important sites connected to the history of distilling and spirits in our country.”

Bleeping Computer: Ukraine’s IT Army is disrupting Russia’s alcohol distribution

Bleeping Computer: Ukraine’s IT Army is disrupting Russia’s alcohol distribution. “Hacktivists operating on the side of Ukraine have focused their DDoS attacks on a portal that is considered crucial for the distribution of alcoholic beverages in Russia. DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks are collective efforts to overwhelm servers with large volumes of garbage traffic and bogus requests, rendering them unable to serve legitimate visitors.”

New York Times: Alcohol-Related Deaths Spiked During the Pandemic, a Study Shows

New York Times: Alcohol-Related Deaths Spiked During the Pandemic, a Study Shows. “Numerous reports have suggested that Americans drank more to cope with the stress of the pandemic. Binge drinking increased, as did emergency room visits for alcohol withdrawal. But the new report found that the number of alcohol-related deaths, including from liver disease and accidents, soared, rising to 99,017 in 2020, up from 78,927 the previous year — an increase of 25 percent in the number of deaths in one year.”

New York Daily News: Vaccine appointments multiply after Quebec requires shots for weed, alcohol stores

New York Daily News: Vaccine appointments multiply after Quebec requires shots for weed, alcohol stores. “They’re going shots for shots. First-dose vaccine appointments quadrupled in Quebec after the Canadian province required vaccine passports to buy alcohol and marijuana. Quebec announced the new rules Thursday, when there were an average of 1,500 first dose appointments, the Montreal Gazette reported.”

Washington Post: States rushed to loosen alcohol laws in the pandemic. Heavy drinking went up, some studies say.

Washington Post: States rushed to loosen alcohol laws in the pandemic. Heavy drinking went up, some studies say.. “The new rules include cocktails-to-go laws, which allow consumers to pick up mixed cocktails, beer or wine at their local pub or restaurant, and direct-to-consumer laws that allow grocery stores or liquor stores — and sometimes distillers, brewers or winemakers — to deliver alcoholic beverages directly to people’s homes…. But critics say expansion has come at the same time alcohol sales soared and drinking spiked. Studies have found higher rates of binge drinking and alcoholism, and some state coroners have reported a sharp increase in alcohol-related deaths during the pandemic.”

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Alcohol and Marijuana Use and Motivations Among Young Adults During the Pandemic

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Alcohol and Marijuana Use and Motivations Among Young Adults During the Pandemic. “Stay-at-home and physical distancing orders during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to increased stress, anxiety, depression, and boredom, and reports suggest that some people may be consuming more alcohol as a coping mechanism. A recent study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism now reveals changes in patterns of alcohol and marijuana use during the pandemic, as well as changes in motives for use among young adults.”

News Australia: NSW Health limits residents of locked-down tower block to six beers per day

News Australia: NSW Health limits residents of locked-down tower block to six beers per day. “Residents in apartment blocks locked-down by NSW Health are having their alcohol deliveries policed as part of a policy to limit the number of drinks being consumed each day. NSW Health has imposed rules limiting people in ‘NSW Health controlled buildings’ to a certain amount of alcohol each day in a bid to “ensure the safety of health staff and residents”.”

Texas Tribune: Texas warns Austin restaurants that their liquor licenses could be revoked for requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations

Texas Tribune: Texas warns Austin restaurants that their liquor licenses could be revoked for requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations. “The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has warned two Austin restaurants that they could lose their liquor licenses for requiring their customers to provide proof of at least a first round of COVID-19 vaccinations before they would be served. The two restaurants, Launderette and Fresa’s, were first alerted by the TABC on Wednesday that they were in violation of Senate Bill 968, which passed during this year’s regular legislative session.”

Bleeping Computer: U.S. spirits and wine giant hit by cyberattack, 1TB of data stolen

Bleeping Computer: U.S. spirits and wine giant hit by cyberattack, 1TB of data stolen. “Brown-Forman, one of the largest U.S. companies in the spirits and wine business, suffered a cyber attack. The intruders allegedly copied 1TB of confidential data; they plan on selling to the highest bidder the most important info and leak the rest. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, the company holds world-known whiskey and scotch brands like Jack Daniel’s, Woodford, Old Forester, Collingwood, Glenglassaugh, and Glendronach; Herradura, El Jimador, and Pepe Lopez tequila; Finlandia vodka, and Sonoma-Cutrer wines.”