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South African breweries adapt to survive alcohol ban

Johanesburg - "This place is definitely not what it used to be," said Eben Uys, gently wiping the dust from the counter of his bar.

Baghdad booze bombings: Islamic vice squads or turf war?

Baghdad - Escalating attacks on the Iraqi capital's few liquor stores have terrified shop-owners who fear hardline Islamists are flexing their muscle against alcohol consumption.

In good spirits: Albania's beloved brandy boosts morale

Fishta - At the bottom of her garden, mother-of-five Vitore Lufi makes raki, a fruit brandy celebrated by Albanians and especially welcome this autumn to lift spirits during the coronavirus pandemic.

Drunken Belgian anaesthetist jailed over British woman's C-section death

Pau - A French court on Thursday jailed an alcoholic Belgian anaesthetist for three years over the death of a British woman during an emergency Caesarean section.

Op-Ed: Coronavirus — New alert over substandard hand sanitizers

Hand sanitization step has taken on additional importance during the coronavirus pandemic. But many products are substandard. What needs to be looked out for in terms of product selection?

India bootleg alcohol death toll rises to 98 as families mourn

New Delhi - The death toll from a toxic bootleg alcohol scandal in the north Indian state of Punjab rose to 98 Sunday, officials and reports said.

Over 80 killed by bootleg alcohol in Indian state

New Delhi - More than 80 people have died in recent days after drinking toxic bootleg alcohol in the Indian state of Punjab, officials and reports said Saturday.

Coronavirus lays bare S.African's toxic relationship with alcohol

Johanesburg - South Africa's move to reimpose an alcohol sales ban as its coronavirus epidemic surges has eased pressure on hospital staff but cast a bleak spotlight on the country's booze culture.

S.Africans rush to liquor stores as booze ban lifts

Soweto - Scores of people lined up outside liquor stores in South Africa's township of Soweto on Monday, waiting to buy drinks for the first time in nine weeks after a ban on alcohol sales was lifted.

Booze battle for Pakistan's drinkers during lockdown and Ramadan

Islamabad - Drinking alcohol in Pakistan can be a complicated affair at the best of times, but for 25-year-old student Iram, the coronavirus pandemic has made getting a beer all but impossible.

Chaos outside liquor stores as India eases virus lockdown

New Delhi - Police swung batons on Monday to beat back thirsty Indians jostling to buy alcohol for the first time in 40 days as the government eased further the world's biggest coronavirus lockdown.

Health risks around trying to drink your way out of COVID-19

Alcoholic beverage sales in the U.S. rose by 55 percent last month during COVID-19, while pre-mixed cocktail sales jumped 75 percent and online alcohol sales more than doubled over last year, This brings with it a secondary health risk.

Aussie drinkers told to limit daily booze buying

Sydney - Hard-drinking Australians were told Tuesday to limit themselves to buying just 12 bottles of wine and two cases of beer a day as a coronavirus lockdown saw panic buying of alcohol.

Ukraine destroys 37,000 bottles of adulterated vodka

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities began the task of destroying 37,000 bottles of illicit adulterated vodka on Wednesday, a national "record" in a country where consumption of illegal alcohol regularly poisons and even kills.

Spain's 'drunken gummy bears' on edge as Haribo bares its teeth

Madrid - Ander Mendez and his friends were hoping they'd struck it rich when they came up with the idea of selling alcohol-infused gummy bears -- until they found themselves in the sights of sweet giant Haribo.

Costa Rica on alert after 19 die from tainted alcohol

San Jos - Alcohol tainted with potentially toxic levels of methanol has killed 19 people in Costa Rica, where authorities issued an alert against drinking some half-dozen brands.

Climate change spells trouble for Scottish whisky production

Edinburgh - The impact of climate change is considerable, and beyond leading to environmental concerns like coastal erosion, it is impacting a multitude of industries. One industry that might not spring to mind is whisky.

China, India boost global booze binge: study

Paris - The world consumed ten percent more alcohol per adult in 2017 than in 1990, due in large part to heavier and more widespread drinking in China and India, researchers said Wednesday.

India toxic alcohol deaths jump to 133: police

Guwahati - At least 35 more workers have died in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor, police said Sunday, taking the death toll from the latest mass alcohol poisoning beyond 130.

India toxic alcohol deaths jump to 133: police

Guwahati - At least 35 more workers have died in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor, police said Sunday, taking the death toll from the latest mass alcohol poisoning beyond 130.

Toxic alcohol kills 93 in India, hundreds hospitalised

Guwahati - Ninety-three workers have died and at least 200 others have been hospitalised in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor, officials said Saturday, in the latest case of alcohol poisoning in the country.

Essential Science: Pathway to alcohol addiction discovered

Researchers have been looking at the biochemical processes involved with alcohol addiction and they have succeeded in identifying the pathway involved. This could assist with the treatment of alcohol related addiction.

Canada's new impaired-driving laws may be flawed

Civil-liberties and racialized-community advocates are slamming Canada’s new impaired driving laws, saying they put excessive powers in the hands of officers to target people who already face over-policing.

Essential Science: Why does wine smell bad?

With many wines, laying them down for a long period improves them and this is a factor in good wines becoming great wines. However, sometimes wines go off and develop a bad smell. New research reveals why.

With the jihadists gone, booze is back in Iraq's Mosul

Mosul - Rows of yellow-labelled whiskey bottles sit alongside imported French wines, while cans of Korean beer chill in the fridge: with Iraq's Mosul free of jihadists, the booze is back.

Ireland passes law putting cancer warnings on alcohol

Dublin - Alcoholic drinks in Ireland will be labelled with cancer warnings under a groundbreaking law passed Wednesday, which also sets a minimum price in a bid to tackle a "corrosive" drinking culture.

Alcohol responsible for one in 20 deaths worldwide: WHO

Geneva - Alcohol kills three million people worldwide each year -- more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization said Friday, adding that men are particularly at risk.

Death toll in Malaysia tainted alcohol scandal hits 21

Kuala Lumpur - A total of 21 people, mostly foreign workers, have now died from drinking tainted alcohol in Malaysia, authorities said Wednesday as police made a series of arrests over the scandal.

French bus driver fined for making kids do breathalyser

Blois - A French court has fined a former school bus driver for asking his youthful passengers to take a breathalyser test in his place, it emerged Wednesday.

No safe level of alcohol: Research

How much alcohol is safe to consume? Advice varies considerably between different medical studies, and with different studies offering advice that this sometimes confusing to consumers. A new study cuts through this and puts the case for abstinence.
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