Gabrielle Glasser, a bestselling author and columnist for the New York Times points to research that shows some concerning trends of binge drinking among women, minorities and older Americans. Additionally, Glasser points to a 50% increase in alcohol related emergency room visits since 2000 and an increase in cirrhosis of the liver rates after many decades of decreasing rates.
In yet another disappointing decision supporting the ease and accessibility of alcohol purchase of alcohol in Madison, the city's Alcohol Licensing and Review Committee is supporting ordinance changes that will allow drive-up or curbside pickup of alcohol for customers of grocery store chains.
A new boutique bar/restaurant called MintMark has opened this month at 1929 Winnebago St. next door to Operation Fresh Start, a nonprofit focusing on youth development.
A key neighborhood committee will discuss several alcohol related proposals on Tuesday, November 14th, at 5:30 pm. The public is invited to attend. The agenda items include:
State Line Distillery. Proposal to extend hours of business opened mid-September. 1413 Northern Ct. John Mleziva.
Tiny’s Tap. Proposal for a craft brew tavern and alcohol license. 308 S. Paterson. James McFadden and Holly Alexander. Alder Rummel held a neighborhood meeting Nov. 1.
Café Coda. Proposal for jazz club and alcohol license. 1222 Williamson. Pete Ostlind.
Update: All these proposals are moving ahead with little or no modification (Dec. 17, 2017)
A recent opinion article in the New York Times advocates for the inclusion of secular, humanistic and harm reduction approaches like Smart Recovery to addiction and recovery. While I would say that 12-step programs do need more oversight and criticism (like any government supported program) I strongly agree with broadening ways that people can get help in recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Wisconsin Republican Assembly Representatives Rob Swearingen (Rhinelander), Adam Jarchow (Balsam Lake) and Cindi Duchow (Delafield) are circulating a proposal to reduce Wisconsin's drinking age from 21 to 19. Currently minors can drink as long as they are with a spouse or parent over 21. The 21-and-over drinking age has been in place since 1986 when the the federal government tied state drinking age legislation to highway and transportation funding. The change resulted in over 10% fewer traffic fatalities and lower alcohol consumption rates among young people. The bill sponsor and co-sponsors admit that their bill would not go into effect unless transportation funding was allowed under federal law, meaning that the bill has little chance of success. The Assembly leader also opposes the bill. The bill sponsor, Rob Swearingen, owns the Al-Gen Dinner Club and is former President of the Tavern League of Wisconsin. The Tavern League has a record of opposing regulations that would impact its members, such as an increase to the beer tax. Wisconsin has the 3rd lowest beer tax in the United States, and it has not increased since 1969.
More information: www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/08/republican-lawmakers-bill-would-lower-drinking-age-19-wisconsin/845245001/
The owners of the Willy St. Pub and Grill (aka the Wisco) are proposing converting a building on their property into a tavern featuring craft beers at 308 S. Paterson Street,
The new owners of the former Bayou at 117 S. Butler St. are proposing a license for a new restaurant and lounge to be called Blue Agave.
A UW-Madison associate professor is the lead author of a new statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) warning that even light drinking can increase risks of breast and other cancer. Dr. Noelle LoConte includes in the statement effective public health strategies to help limit the risks involving alcohol use including limiting alcohol outlet density, raising taxes on alcohol, preventing youth from acquiring alcohol and including alcohol in comprehensive cancer prevention strategies.
NY Times Link: www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/well/live/cancer-doctors-cite-risks-of-drinking-alcohol.html
ASCO Statement in full: ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.2017.76.1155
About this blog
I am an advanced practice social worker (CAPSW), psychotherapist and addiction counselor living in Madison, Wisconsin. I created this blog to raise awareness about drinking culture, alcohol outlet density, alcohol policy, alcohol dependence and risks.