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ALSA HITS OUT AT LATEST FARE POLL
The Australian Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) has questioned the
findings and the validity of the 2016 annual alcohol poll, published by
the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).
FARE released the details of the poll last month, but ALSA CEO Terry
Mott (pictured) questioned the findings given that the organisation has
publicly stated that "each year it consistently delivers three very clear
"This is a remarkable admission from FARE because it is not only
in line with its mantra, it also appears as if the organisation has again
unfairly pre-empted the outcomes," Mott said.
"It begs the question why did FARE undertake the poll at all when it
had seemingly predetermined the results?
"It should also be stressed the poll is not impartial because it was
commissioned by FARE, which itself has a vested interest in attracting
neo-temperance movement funding and has firmly established itself as an organisation which
consistently and publicly pushes extreme anti-alcohol views.
"For example, FARE tries to demonise consumption of alcohol beverages, by claiming Australia
has a 'toxic relationship with alcohol'. This is a gross misrepresentation given the vast majority of
Australians consume alcohol responsibly within the context of a normal and balanced healthy lifestyle.
Even that key point is ignored when its own poll found 56 per cent of Australian drinkers consume
either one or two drinks on a typical occasion."
Mott also highlighted some of the findings from the report, which he said FARE has failed to
highlight, including that the consumption of alcohol remains largely unchanged since last year and
that 87 per cent of those who responded were in favour of increasing penalties for people involved in
ALSA highlighted that the strong support for increasing these penalties supports its own position
that targeted policy approaches are preferred by the public, not the "broad-brush policies pushed
Mott added: "If it is to be taken seriously, FARE must put these sensationalist reports into real-life
context, where Australia's per-capita alcohol consumption is at the lowest point for 50 years and is now
26 per cent below the levels of 1975.
"FARE must also do a better and balanced job of also communicating the many benefits of
responsible consumption of alcohol."
BEER IS GOOD FOR
YOU, SAYS SCIENCE
Australian beer producers have welcomed an Italian scientific study, which says
that moderate beer consumption can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
A review of more than 150 studies by epidemiologists led by the Mediterranean
Neurological Institute in Pozzilli, Italy, found the alcohol and some of the other
chemicals in beer had a range of beneficial effects.
The review concluded that drinking up to two 330ml cans of beer a day can
reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by about a quarter.
Tim Reardon, executive director of the Brewers Association of Australia and
New Zealand, said that the study is good news for the vast majority of Australian
beer drinkers who enjoy beer responsibly.
"Most Australians consume beer in a moderate, positive and responsible way.
"Beer is a significant contributor to our economy and also provides a number of
social benefits as an icon of Australian and New Zealand culture," Reardon said.
"For the minority of people who misuse beer, we support greater education, and
where necessary, targeted interventions to reduce the instances of misuse."
The study found that most women could drink a small can of beer a day, and
most men two, without any obvious changes to their odds of getting dementia,
most cancers, or other common diseases.
Writing in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, the
scientists concluded that: "Unless they are at high risk for alcohol-related cancers
or alcohol dependency, there is no reason to discourage healthy adults who are
already regular light or moderate beer consumers from continuing."
AB INBEV DEAL
Reports from Europe are suggesting that
European Commission regulators will approve
AB InBev's proposed takeover of SABMiller.
The approval is expected to come after AB
InBev laid out substantial asset sales including
the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime brands, which
Asahi has agreed to buy, as well as some of
SABMiller's Eastern European beer brands.
In April, the European Commission's
competition regulator said that it had set a
provisional deadline of 24 May to give its verdict
on the takeover.
Reuters reported that while there was no
specific comment from the Commission or AB
InBev, "three people familiar with the matter"
had said the takeover was set to win conditional
Earlier this month the Australian Competition
and Consumer Commission said it would not
oppose the deal and regulators in South Africa
have also given the takeover the green light.
The deal would be one of the largest-ever
corporate takeovers and would see the new
company control one-third of the global
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