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”.”

Wine Searcher: Australia Goes to War on Wine Fakes

Wine Searcher: Australia Goes to War on Wine Fakes. “…the system called ELISS (Export Label Image Search System) is a step in the right direction, and it’s possible because Australia has a level of government control over exports that not every country has. The idea is to create a database of legitimate brand labels. Whenever you see an Australian wine in a store, you can use that database to check if it really was legally exported.”

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.”

KXLY: New phone app connects you to the nearest Washington winery

KXLY: New phone app connects you to the nearest Washington winery. “Map My WA Wine is available on both iPhone and Android devices, and helps wine lovers search hundreds of Washington wineries, tasting rooms and vineyards. Planning a trip? You can use the app to create and share itineraries, see what events are happening and search for wineries that are pet-friendly, have live music, serve food and more.”

WMYA: In search of hard cider? New NC Cider Trail website, map has you covered

WMYA: In search of hard cider? New NC Cider Trail website, map has you covered. “The website features an interactive map that allows visitors to type in their location anywhere in N.C. and immediately view which cideries are nearby. Also on the website, guests can find information specific to each cidery, including details like food menus, pet friendliness, tours and even live music.”

Loyola Marymount University: Snapchat, Instagram Linked to Alcohol Abuse Among College Students

Loyola Marymount University: Snapchat, Instagram Linked to Alcohol Abuse Among College Students. “Exposure to alcohol-related content on social media is associated with increased drinking among college students, according to several new studies from researchers at Loyola Marymount University. The effect stems from perceptions of drinking norms — the idea that everyone else is drinking, or drinking a lot, which in turn drives how much or how often college students really do consume alcohol, said Joe LaBrie, LMU psychology professor and lead author of the studies.”

CBS News: New Jersey “Shot and a Beer” program gives the vaccinated free beer

CBS News: New Jersey “Shot and a Beer” program gives the vaccinated free beer. “New Jersey is launching a program it’s calling a ‘Shot and a Beer’ to encourage those 21 and older to get vaccinated, Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday. Any New Jersey resident who gets their first COVID-19 vaccine dose in the month of May can take their vaccination card to one of more than a dozen participating breweries for a free beer.”

PR Newswire: New Website Spotlights Certified California Sustainable Wines, Vineyards and Wineries (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: New Website Spotlights Certified California Sustainable Wines, Vineyards and Wineries (PRESS RELEASE). “Users can search for certified wines, wineries and/or vineyards, and sort by varietal, region or appellation. With 2,247 Certified California Sustainable Vineyards that farm 204,000 acres (32% of California winegrape acres; another 22% are certified by other California sustainable winegrowing programs), 171 certified wineries producing 255 million cases (80% of California wine) and 9.4 million cases (113 million wine bottles) bearing the certification logo or claims, the search function is a valuable new tool to discover California wineries and vineyards that are committed to sustainability.”

Americans Are Drinking More During The Pandemic. Here’s How To Cut Back (NPR)

NPR: Americans Are Drinking More During The Pandemic. Here’s How To Cut Back. “When the pandemic began spreading across the U.S. in March, stores, restaurants and schools closed down. But liquor stores in many parts of the U.S. were deemed essential and stayed open. Alcohol sales have ticked up during the pandemic, so maybe it’s a good time to ask yourself: Are you drinking more than you’d like to be?”

Government of Australia: Bottle label directory to protect wine industry

Government of Australia: Bottle label directory to protect wine industry. “Legislation passed parliament yesterday enabling Wine Australia to establish a Wine Export Label Directory to help wine brand owners protect their export wine labels against copycat labelling. Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the passing of the Wine Australia Amendment (Label Directory) Act 2020 will lead to the creation of an online database of all Australian export wine labels.”

Mashable: It’s time to suck it up and do Zoom happy hours again

Mashable: It’s time to suck it up and do Zoom happy hours again. “At first, Zoom happy hours were novel. And fun! Next, they were an underwhelming necessity. An ‘it’s better than nothing’ option. Eventually, they became … boring. And a little bit depressing. Most of us just stopped doing them. This also happened to be around the same time we learned masked and socially distanced outdoor get togethers were relatively safe. But now it’s time again, folks. Suck it up and do Zoom happy hours again.”