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State officials should extend to-go alcohol options for restaurants indefinitely.
05/11/2020
Make Dine-Out Alcohol Options at Restaurants Permanent

State officials should extend to-go alcohol options for restaurants indefinitely.

As businesses and the economy return to normalcy, not everything should reset to the pre-pandemic status quo. Governments should extend to-go alcohol options for restaurants indefinitely.

“We must avoid putting responsible consumers and unsuspecting tourists in the crosshairs of poorly constructed agendas.”
02/27/2020
My Turn: New legislation does not address traffic safety in Hawaii

“We must avoid putting responsible consumers and unsuspecting tourists in the crosshairs of poorly constructed agendas.”

Hawaii residents and visitors beware. Legislation is moving through the state government that could land those currently considered responsible consumers in jail. And for what offense? Splitting a bottle of wine over dinner or enjoying a tropical drink on the beach prior to driving. More specificall...

“All studies exploring human health should be taken seriously and abusing alcohol can have major health repercussions. B...
09/04/2019
Extended Rotating Warnings On Beverage Alcohol Labels? Perhaps

“All studies exploring human health should be taken seriously and abusing alcohol can have major health repercussions. But it’s clear when examining the comprehensive body of science that panic over one daily drink is misplaced.”

If certain groups have their way, the U. S. beverage alcohol warning label may soon be graced with an adjunct message about cancer.

"Illinois undoubtedly has a budget problem, but shaking down restaurants, bars and responsible consumers for more tax do...
07/02/2019
My View: Don't punish restaurants, bars and consumers for Illinois budget woes

"Illinois undoubtedly has a budget problem, but shaking down restaurants, bars and responsible consumers for more tax dollars to help fill the financial gap is not the solution.

Perhaps state lawmakers should discuss alternative strategies over a glass of their favorite beer, wine or spirit. Before the price spikes."

Gov. JB Pritzker has announced plans for a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure program. While roads and transit systems may need an upgrade, the plan is

Support of health warning labels on alcohol products is unwarranted. Mountains of prior research conducted over decades ...
07/01/2019
Alcoholic beverages should carry cancer warnings, health groups say

Support of health warning labels on alcohol products is unwarranted. Mountains of prior research conducted over decades links moderate drinking to modest health benefits.

Studies show that less than half of Americans are aware of the connection between alcohol and cancer

Drunk driving remains a serious concern in Oregon and states across the country. However, lowering the legal limit to .0...
05/29/2019
Lawmakers discuss bill to drop Oregon’s drinking limit to .05

Drunk driving remains a serious concern in Oregon and states across the country. However, lowering the legal limit to .05 is a distraction that will not address that threat.

Oregon lawmakers won't pass a bill this year to lower the legal drinking limit to .05, but discussions are ongoing.

"The evidence showing that moderate drinkers live longer than teetotalers, mostly due to the benefits of alcohol on the ...
05/06/2019
The War On Alcohol: Is This Prohibition 2.0

"The evidence showing that moderate drinkers live longer than teetotalers, mostly due to the benefits of alcohol on the heart, is very strong. It has been tested and retested over decades precisely because there are so many people who are inclined to disbelieve it."

Drinking a bottle or two of wine a week will help you live longer than someone who doesn’t drink at all, but the authors simply dismissed all the evidence showing a protective effect on health and focused instead on a thinner body of evidence showing increased cancer risk from low levels of drinki...

"We need to continually seek greater safety measures on the road. The data makes it clear that going after someone who c...
05/03/2019
Lowering the legal alcohol level glosses over the problem

"We need to continually seek greater safety measures on the road. The data makes it clear that going after someone who consumes little more than a single drink with dinner does not put us on that path."

In early January of this year, a drunk driver traveling the wrong direction on the freeway collided head-on with the Abbas family’s SUV. Dr. Rima Abbas, her husband and their three children tragically did not survive the collision, nor did Joey Lee Bailey, the driver of the wrong-way vehicle. The ...

"DWI fatalities invoke angry passions, as do many other senseless crimes. But the answer won’t be found in the arrest of...
04/29/2019
Commentary: Supporters of DWI legislation have lost perspective

"DWI fatalities invoke angry passions, as do many other senseless crimes. But the answer won’t be found in the arrest of law abiding citizens visiting a tasting room."

There is some evidence that the .05 BAC issue is more of an anti-alcohol rant than one based on traffic safety.

Connecting moderate alcohol consumption to major health consequences is unwarranted—especially when mountains of prior r...
04/20/2019
No, moderate drinking is not as bad for you as smoking

Connecting moderate alcohol consumption to major health consequences is unwarranted—especially when mountains of prior research conducted over decades links moderate drinking to modest health benefits.

Do you think enjoying half a glass of wine per day poses the equivalent health risk of smoking two packs of cigarettes a month? Well that’s what a new report published in BMC Public Health insinuates.

Statistics that show 92 percent of alcohol-related traffic fatalities involve drivers with a blood-alcohol level of .10 ...
04/19/2019
Democrats eye lower blood alcohol levels for drunken driving crimes

Statistics that show 92 percent of alcohol-related traffic fatalities involve drivers with a blood-alcohol level of .10 or higher.

"These are the criminals lawmakers should be targeting, rather than subjecting someone who enjoys a drink or two over dinner with all the life ruining consequences of a DWI."

ALBANY - An effort to impose tougher drunk driving restrictions in New York is generating opposition from a national trade association representing restaurant chains and retailers. The legislation from Democratic lawmakers would lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving while intoxicated from....

Lowering the legal limit in California will do little to save lives while, at the same time, criminalizing moderate and ...
03/19/2019
Tragedy doesn’t justify flawed proposal to water down California’s blood alcohol limit

Lowering the legal limit in California will do little to save lives while, at the same time, criminalizing moderate and responsible social drinking.

Tell your state legislator to oppose AB 1713 today!

When equipped with a more comprehensive understanding of traffic fatality statistics, it’s evident a .05 law turns road safety priorities on their head and will do little to save lives.

Lowering the legal limit will only siphon our limited traffic safety resources away from the real problem—high-BAC and r...
03/04/2019
Utah’s 0.05 DUI law limits individual liberties, says health scholar, but is ‘ethically justified.' She says other states should follow suit.

Lowering the legal limit will only siphon our limited traffic safety resources away from the real problem—high-BAC and repeat drunk drivers.

Critics may complain that Utah’s toughest-in-the-nation drunken driving law limits individual liberties, but the decision is “ethically justified,” according to a new paper published in the American Jour...

Another law has been proposed in California which will punish moderate, social drinkers. Traffic safety resources should...
02/28/2019
LA-area lawmaker proposes lower blood limit for drunk driving; will face opposition

Another law has been proposed in California which will punish moderate, social drinkers. Traffic safety resources should not be redirected away from people who are the real problem toward people who aren’t the problem.

A .05 standard for DUI is advocated by the National Transportation Safety Board, which forecasts that lowering the threshold from .08 to .05 in every U.S. state would save 1,500 lives a year nation…

It’s time to raise a glass to extending alcohol excise tax cuts.
02/22/2019
Congress should extend alcohol excise tax cuts

It’s time to raise a glass to extending alcohol excise tax cuts.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed and signed into law at the tail end of 2017, lowered the tax burden for millions of individuals and businesses. But, more rarely discussed is the positive impact the legislation is specifically having on alcohol producers and associated enterprises, including…

When the state allows offenders to continue to drive drunk while targeting people for arrest who have had a glass or two...
01/17/2019
Letter: DUII proposal misses the mark

When the state allows offenders to continue to drive drunk while targeting people for arrest who have had a glass or two of wine, there is something wrong that should not be emulated.

The Jan. 14 editorial “DUII Proposal in Legislature is Premature” properly calls attention to the way limited traffic safety resources are being deployed in the state. New policies and programs

01/02/2019
Utah Lowers Legal Limit to .05

Utah's new .05 law is an attack on the restaurant and hospitality industries, converting responsible patrons into criminals.

Nearly 70 percent of alcohol-related traffic fatalities involve someone with a BAC of .15 and above -- three times that ...
01/01/2019
Proposed bill would lower Oregon's DUII blood alcohol limit to .05 percent

Nearly 70 percent of alcohol-related traffic fatalities involve someone with a BAC of .15 and above -- three times that of this current .05 proposal

A new proposal looks to drop Oregon’s legal blood alcohol limit for drivers statewide. Half of all traffic deaths in Portland involve someone under the influence, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The new proposal from Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, is hoping to cu...

It’s clear where the drunk driving problem lies, and it isn’t within the newly targeted BAC interval of 0.05 and 0.079. ...
12/31/2018
New Utah drunk driving limit reveals need to resist .05 in 2019

It’s clear where the drunk driving problem lies, and it isn’t within the newly targeted BAC interval of 0.05 and 0.079.

Focusing limited traffic safety resources on this area will, instead, only divert attention away from the true problem of high-BAC and repeat drunk drivers.

The war on moderate drinking is ramping up, and lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit to 0.05 is the centerpiece of the crusade.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the American Beverage Institute. Cheers!
12/25/2018

Happy Holidays from all of us at the American Beverage Institute. Cheers!

“Instead of targeting moderate and responsible drinkers, as this .05 law does, limited traffic safety resources should b...
12/21/2018
Utah's new DUI law, strictest in the nation, set to be implemented ahead of New Year's Eve

“Instead of targeting moderate and responsible drinkers, as this .05 law does, limited traffic safety resources should be focused on the high-BAC and repeat drunk driving offenders responsible for the vast majority of alcohol-related traffic fatalities.”

Utah is set to implement the strictest DUI law in the nation – just in time for New Year’s.

Why would someone who already is breaking the law driving well above the .08 BAC all of a sudden not drink too much and ...
10/22/2018
DUI Standards

Why would someone who already is breaking the law driving well above the .08 BAC all of a sudden not drink too much and drive if the law was lowered to .05?

Utah is the first state to make it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of .05.

While studies chronicling the link between alcohol and health risks shouldn’t be ignored, it’s critical that fact be sep...
10/05/2018
Demonizing alcohol: A war on moderation

While studies chronicling the link between alcohol and health risks shouldn’t be ignored, it’s critical that fact be separated from exaggeration.

Yet another report surfaced this week demonizing alcohol — part of what appears to be an ongoing war on moderate drinking. More specifically, the study, released by Washington University, links moderate alcohol consumption to an increased risk of premature death.

A lot of progress has been made in the fight against drunk driving, but there is more to be done.
08/23/2018
Drunk Driving Policies That Actually Work | RealClearHealth

A lot of progress has been made in the fight against drunk driving, but there is more to be done.

During the 1970s, alcohol was involved in roughly two-thirds of all U.S. traffic fatalities — a clear sign that something needed to change. Luckily, in the following decades, circumstances did...

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Hello ABI, I thought this paper I recently published on Low BAC involvement in alcohol related crashes may be of interest to you. It is entitled "Are Buzzed Drivers Really the Problem: A Quasi-Experimental Multilevel Assessment of the Involvement of Drivers With Low Blood Alcohol Levels in Fatal Crashes" and the link is below.
Utah lawmakers are selfish. The 0.05 blood alcohol should have been voted on by the people, not shoved down everyone's throat whether they wanted it or not. Utah Governor Gary Herbert and their lawmakers were paid to pass this legislation. All evidence points to it.