Study shows how moderate consumption of alcohol can protect the heart

Source: https://www.news-medical.net/ June 18, 2018 For at least 20 years, research has shown that for many people, moderate consumption of alcohol can protect the heart, but the reason for this is poorly understood. A study conducted at the University of São Paulo’s Biomedical Science Institute (ICB-USP) in Brazil suggests that this cardioprotective mechanism may be…

Beer Battle Brews Between Craft-Beer Makers and Distributors

Brewers make push to sell directly to customers amid slowing sales growth Source: WSJ By Saabira Chaudhuri June 2, 2018 Small brewers are squaring off against distributors and bar owners in a fight for drinkers as craft beer’s once-explosive growth cools. Craft-beer volumes grew just 1.6% last year, according to trade association the Beer Institute,…

House sends Tobacco 21 measure to governor’s desk

Illinois News Network May 30, 2018   Legislation to raise the purchasing age of tobacco products including cigarettes to 21 in Illinois passed the Illinois House Wednesday and now goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature or a veto. The House approved the Tobacco 21 initiative on a largely party line vote, 61-49, on…

Marijuana, Opioids Rival Alcohol As Factors in Traffic Fatalities

Marijuana, Opioids Rival Alcohol As Factors in Traffic Fatalities Source: Forbes Greg Gardner May 31, 2018 Marijuana, opioids and non-alcoholic drugs are more likely to be found in drivers killed in vehicular crashes than alcohol, according to a new study released Thursday by the Governors Highway Safety Association. The study, titled “Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and…

Gambling Expansion Bill Busts At Illinois Statehouse

Legislation allowing a major expansion of gambling in Illinois failed on Monday. It’s something lawmakers have been working on for years, as an effort to raise money for state and local governments. The plan was to open six new riverboat casinos in Chicago, parts of the suburbs, Rockford, and Danville. It also would have expanded horse racing,…

ARE LOCAL BREWERIES KILLING LOCAL BARS?

Have you been to Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood lately, where it seems there’s a brewery on every corner? On Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoons, weekday happy hours, and just about any other time of any other day, the brewer taprooms are bustling. Down the street at the local bar, well, I have no idea what’s happening at the local bar,…